Not everyone who drinks wine has a wine cellar. Not everyone who drinks wine has time to stop by a wine shop on the way home from work. Fortunately, supermarkets in the area offer a good selection of fairly-priced wines. You won't find boutique wines or the lesser known grape wines in the supermarket. That's what wine shops are for. But you will find something that goes nicely with dinner. Here are my finds this week. They are in order from light to heavy with recommended food pairings. All wines retail for around ten bucks.
Chateau St. Michelle Riesling, off-dry, light and acidic, this wine goes beautifully with spicy Asian food. It's also good with chicken and fish.
Ferrari-Carano Fume Blanc, crisp, but with wood notes, pair this white with shellfish or simple white fish, as well as soufflés and omelettes. It's on sale at Scolari's for a great price.
Kendall Jackson Chardonnay, buttery, full-bodied and round, KJ's Chard is a great accompaniment with steak fish, especially when served with a creamy sauce. It's also nice with roast herbed chicken.
Georges Duboeuf, Beaujolais-Village, the light Gamay grape has medium tannins and low acidity that pair well with salmon, duck, and chicken.
Castle Rock, Pinot Noir, is another light red, with an earthy aroma, and a bit more acidity than Gamay. It, also, goes well with salmon, duck and chicken, and can pair with gamier meats such as venison as well as earthy vegetarian meals such as ratatouille and lentils with mushrooms.
Santa Christina Toscano IGT, is a Sangiovese blended super Tuscan. The crisp acidity of the wine is perfect for sausage, pasta, and eggplant parmesan.
Red Diamond Merlot from Washington state is a smooth, medium-bodied wine that will compliment any simple beef dish such as hamburgers or a roast.
Two Vines from Columbia Valley, also makes a good and affordable Merlot that is great with coffee-rubbed roast beef.
Penfolds Koonunga Hill Cabernet Sauvignon is rich and tannic, and perfect with a grilled steak.
All of these wines normally retail for right around $10 with the exception of Ferrari-Carano which is specially priced at Scolari's. While not as unusual or interesting as what you might find at your local wine shop, they are all well-made and quite good. But, best of all, they are conveniently located at your local supermarket.