Reliable Standbys

Just thought I’d share a few frequent visitors to the wine cabinet, in order of appearance:

Beringer Merlot & Barefoot Cabernet Sauvignon. About $6 at the HEB and frequently on sale. Basic and dependable, they won’t rot your stomach (much), and are both great for marinading steaks.

BV Cabernet Sauvignon. Usually $8-$9 at HEB but rarely on sale. It’s one of the better day-to-day wines I enjoy. It’s not-too-fruity, not-too-tannin-y, just enough oak. It’s even good on its own and won’t embarrass you if unexpected company stops by.

Clos du Bois or Chateau St. Michelle Chardonnay. One or the other can generally be found for around $9 on sale, but I never pay more than that for either of these. They’re good, basic, chardonnays. Of the two, I prefer Chateau St. Michelle, but it’s pretty much a toss-up.

Vina Brava Rosé. When I can find it, it’s about $7. HEB carried all last summer, but not at all this year. I had to go to World Market to get it. It’s a nice dry rosé with a tart strawberry flavor. Perfect for the Texas heat. If you can find it. If you can’t, and you really want a rosé, you might decide to pony up $10 for the Casillero del Diablo Rosé. But it’s not as good.

Hogue Pinot Grigio. For $5-$6 at Spec’s, if you want to go out of your way for a cheap Pinot Grigio. But perfect with Tex-Mex and other spicy foods and hot days.

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