Best wine values of 2000
As I customarily do at the end of each year, I've gone back over all my tasting notes to single out the year's best wines of exceptional value or "quality-price ratio," known as "QPR" for short. Out of this process, I have come up with a list of the two dozen best wines of the year that I was able to buy for US$12 or less.
A summary version of the list follows. For more specific details on each of the wines, I invite you to visit the complete listing on Wine Lovers' Page at http://wineloverspage.com/qpr/index.shtml
A word about availability: I purchased all these wines at retail wine shops in and around Louisville, Ky., and the prices listed are the actual retail price I paid; pricing may vary in other parts of the world.
I have no way of knowing their availability in other parts of the world or from online merchants; but in seeking any wine of interest, I always recommend starting with a good wine shop in your own community. Don't be shy about asking the management for help. A friendly and knowledgeable wine merchant can be your best friend in your effort to find any wine of interest.
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One more fancy bubbly
This small but respected producer makes a sparkling wine that's both rich and balanced, a fine way to see out the Old Year and toast the New. Pale gold, with abundant, lasting bubbles, it offers full, fresh scents of apples with a pleasant overtone of cocoa. Full-bodied and "toasty," zippy acidity and apple fruit combine in a creamy flavor and long, clean finish. U.S. importer: Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant, Berkeley, Calif. (Dec. 31, 2000)
FOOD MATCH: Couldn't ask for a better match with New Year's Eve dinner: Steaming, rich oyster stew, and blini with sour cream and caviar.
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Vol. 2, No. 50, Jan. 1, 2001