What We're Craving Now: Wine Finds
12:00 AM EST
April 28, 2010
The Prisoner has been captivating wine snobs since the early 2000s. Rozi’s sells the 2008, which co-owner Gary Rossen says has been garnering much acclaim. “It has some tannins, and it’s real jammy,” says Rossen, so expect concentrated fruit, an attribute of a fine wine, from the mostly zinfandel, cabernet sauvignon and syrah blend. “Orin Swift just makes a dynamite wine.”
find it at: Minotti’s Wine & Liquor, various locations, minottis.com
Sea Ridge is Minotti’s version of Two-Buck Chuck. “It’s a great everyday table wine you can open when you have guests over,” says Tommy Fessler, manager at the Rocky River store, which goes through 15 to 20 cases a week. The price makes the best-selling buttery chardonnay and mild cabernet perfect for parties and wedding season. The medium-bodied and soft merlot is also worth a try.
find it at: West Point Market, 1711 W. Market St., Akron, 330-864-2151, westpointmarket.com
Spanish wines are like indie rockers: They’re not mainstream, but they slowly gain due respect. Mario Vitale, West Point’s wine department manager, likes this tempranillo-monastrell blend. which is cheap because Spain is keeping prices low when others aren’t. “It’s full-bodied, slightly spicy and easy to drink,” Vitale says. “They’re making friends with the masses with this wine.”