$15 or less
WHAT : La Gérardiere Vouvray (white) Rating: NNN
WHERE : Loire Valley, France
WHY : Maybe you've been finding your wines a little rough-and-ready lately - like some sharpie up the alley or some meaty big boy off the loading dock. Well, here's a wine that's most definitely a lady. "Helloooo, I'm all flowers and honey. Let's get together for a light dinner." You'll be charmed by her medium-dry sensibilities.
PRICE : 750 ml/$13.95
AVAILABILITY : At selected Vintages outlets as of September 16 (product #525170)
WHAT : Alpha Domus Pinot Noir 2004 (red) Rating: NNN
WHERE : Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
WHY : As autumn edges into the picture and people start turning their ovens on again, this is a ready accompaniment to roasted things. Restrained, medium-bodied with friendly fruity qualities, it's produced in accordance with Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand. More good Pinot from the land where Hobbits fight, not sing.
PRICE : 750 ml/$21.95
AVAILABILITY : At selected Vintages outlets as of September 16 (product #659961)
Sips and Nips
WHAT : Coyote's Run Riesling Icewine 2004 Rating: NNNN
WHERE : Niagara Peninsula
WHY : The appearance of Ontario produce at all but the most soulless retailers reminds us that we occupy some incredibly fertile farmland. Vintages is doing its part to acknowledge this plenitude by releasing a trunk-load of local goodies. Finishing your harvest feast with a glass or two of this prime stuff will really put you in touch with the good earth.
PRICE : 375 ml/$49.95
AVAILABILITY : At selected Vintages outlets (product #012658)