If you like the toasty, almondy flavor of champagne, Domaine J. Laurens’ sparkling wine is made in the same style as champagne, but it’s a bargain at $17.
Carménère was once thought of exclusively as a blending grape (it’s also one of the original six varietals from Bordeaux), but in this wine, it takes center stage. You’ll find it at your wine store for about $10—an unbelievable bargain, if you ask us.
The 2014 Chateau Vieux Poirier is a certified organic red Bordeaux, made primarily of Malbec, which gives it a lusciousness with fun tannins that go really well with food. There’s a bit of Merlot here, too, to soften the structure of the wine.
Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec—just those two grape varietals—is a unique red wine blend. If you love red wine, Finca el Origen’s Estate Blend from Argentina is a wine to try.
You can order the Jonathan Edwards’ delicious chardonnay online, but why not have a glass at the winery itself? Jonathan Edwards Winery is in North Stonington, Ct., and open year-round. Day trip!