Occasionally you may hear the phrase, “it makes a great everyday wine,” and if you’re curious as to what this means, let me offer an explanation.
As the name implies, an everyday wine should be something that falls within a reasonable price range so that you can enjoy it every day.
This generally means somewhere in the $7 to $15 range because, let’s face it, it’s impractical and unaffordable for most of us to pop the cork on a $30 bottle of cabernet when we come home from work each evening.
An everyday wine should also have at least some degree of quality. It doesn’t have to be great; it just has to be good. In that sense, you want to be able to select a wine with reasonable certainty that you’re going to enjoy it without having to sift through countless rows of bottles at the grocer of wine shop.
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Typically, I’m not fond of promoting domestic wineries that produce in mass quantities. But lately I’ve relented and tried some wines from Pepperwood Grove, one of several labels from Don Sebastiani & Sons of Napa, Calif.
The 2004 Merlot is lighter than most, but still carries some nice, bright cherry flavors, soft tannins and a touch of oak on the finish. And I really loved the Non-Vintage Old Vine Zinfandel, which is packed with dense, jammy flavors of blackberry and raspberry, followed by touches of spice. Also currently available are a 2004 Syrah, 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon and a 2005 Chardonnay.
All Pepperwood Grove wines are normally priced at around $8 to $9 a bottle, although I picked up mine a few weeks ago on sale at the Food Pavilion in Bellingham for an incredible $4.97 a bottle. With prices like that, it makes sense to give them a try and at least consider them as choices for tasty, reliable, everyday wines.