Shopping Like its $19.99

Shopping Like it’s $19.99 with Katie – French discoveries

This week, I’ve spent exactly all of my $19.99 budget on two wonderful wines from France. I found the 2004 Chateau St Louis Rouge on www.internetwines.com for $10.00. It is from a vineyard near Toulouse, in the Southwest part of France. This “red table wine,” as it’s described on its label, is primarily Pinot St George, with small amounts of Gamay and Cabernet Franc. It has a beautiful deep red color, violets and cherries on the nose, and a fruit forward palate with just a hint of oak. Having never tried the Pinot St George variety, I didn’t know what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised by this wine. The fruit in this wine is divine. If you’re looking for a well-balanced French wine to pair with dinner, this is a great choice. I enjoyed it very much with my dinner of sirloin and sweet potato kabobs with honey glazed carrots on the side; and for $10, it’s a great way to impress with a French wine at a really great price!

For $9.99, I tried another French wine; this time, a white from Alsace. The 2006 Now and Zen i s a blend of Sylvaner, Pinot Blanc, Riesling, and Gewurztraminer. The nose is complex and fresh; floral followed by fruit. The palate is crisp and the flavors of pineapple, mango, and lemon made this wine the perfect match for last night’s dinner of spicy orange stir-fry with broccoli and pineapple. The wine is nicknamed “Wasabi White” because of its ability to pair so wonderfully with spicy Asian cuisine. It’s no coincidence that I chose to pair it with that stir-fry: I did my homework and I knew the wine’s reputation. The wine exceeded my expectations, and I’m so excited that I’m having leftovers tonight, of both the stir-fry and the Now and Zen!

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