Snooth: What wine do you look forward to trying each year?
 
JT: Andrew Murray Vineyards Tous Les Jours Syrah. One of my favorites year after year. Such lovely aromas that absolutely suck you right into the glass. 
 
Also, the Evodia Garnacha. This wine is an absolute value superstar. Less than $10 for vines as old as 100 years? You gotta be kidding me!
 
On a side note, I don't think people realize just how hard it is too make an excellent wine that retails for under $10. When you add in the cost of the labor, the bottles, the corks, labels, shipping and then tack onto that the substantial cut taken by the syndicate, I mean the distributors, and then also by retailers -- there's almost nothing left for the winery. In my mind creating a great $10 wine is a much bigger achievement and worthy of much more praise than creating a great $50 one. 
 
Snooth: What wine do you just not seem to like? Why?
 
JT: Beaujolais Nouveau. I just don't get it. At all. Fantastic marketing though! It's too bad you can't transplant their marketing savvy into some of the other regions in France that have much better wine but go relatively unnoticed here in the U.S.
 
Snooth: Recommend three wines, a red, a white, and a rose that will tell our audience the most about your palate, your likes, and your dislikes and please share a few of those likes and dislikes.
 
JT: Another hard question to narrow down but I'll give you three recent favorites.

 
Besides being an excellent wine the thing I really like about it is that it is made from a grape I had not yet tried, Mencia. I've reviewed something like 170 different varieties at The Reverse Wine Snob and I've only scratched the surface of what's out there and that's awesome.
 
This one is going to be hard to find as it is from Slovenia and does not have much distribution in the U.S. yet but I'm really hoping that changes. I had the opportunity to go to Slovenia last fall and I was blown away by the wines they are making, which shouldn't be a surprise given it's location right next to Italy and below Austria. (I was also blown away by the white wines they made back in the 50s, 60s, and 70s that are still going strong. Sauvignon Blanc from 1963, you gotta be kidding me!) 
 
A delightful blend of 50% Sangiovese and 50% Barbera from Lodi. I love the texture on this wine as well as all the wonderful fruit and then the mineral streaks on the finish. 


 
Jon Thorsen
Look for my book "Thumbing Your Nose At Bottles Over $20: The Reverse Wine Snob’s Guide To Buying Cheap, Quality Wine" coming on Skyhorse Publishing early 2015!