Shopping the Big Brands
What to buy when you’ve run out of time.
I get it. Not all of us have the time to research wine. Diving into the details to find that perfect bottle. No, for many of us buying wine this time of year is just something we have to do. It’s not that you don’t love wine, it’s simply that there isn’t the time, or the impetus to spend inordinate amounts of time deciding, and searching for what to buy.
After all, we’re buying wine for friends and family members who may not be able to tell the difference between that Napa Valley Cabernet and the last bottle of Malbec they enjoyed. While that may tell us more about the wines than they drinkers I get the point. You want to be able to walk into your average wine store and find a bottle on the shelf that is reasonably priced and of good quality with cross-referencing endless lists. OK, so here’s the only list you really need. It’s a list of ten of the most reliable producers that are broadly distributed in the marketplace. Nothing fancy of course, just well made, delicious wines at a fair price vintage after vintage. I’ve also listed the standout wines from each producer that are widely distributed and great values.
Dry Creek Vineyard
Clos du Val
Chateau Ste Michelle