Mailbag Monday: My “Go-To” Red and White Wine?

2011 Chateau Ste Michelle Riesling

2011 Chateau Ste Michelle Riesling

Hi Alleigh—
I’m sure you drink a lot of different wines, but do you have one white or one red wine in the house for when you don’t want to try something new?

I don’t really keep a “house” because Hubby and I live in a small space, which means I have very little room to store extra wine.  I prefer to keep some of the slightly expensive wines that aren’t necessarily my house wines, but tend to be favorites (like Storybook Mountain or the Michel-Schlumberger wines).  That said, I do have a couple of “go-to” wines, though, for when I’m throwing a party that isn’t wine focused, but where there will be a decent amount of wine consumed.

Gnarly Head Pinot Grigio

Gnarly Head Pinot Grigio

When it comes to the whites, I will usually buy the Chateau Ste. Michelle Rielsing or the Gnarly Head Pinot Grigio.  Neither is sweet, yet both are refreshing and very drinkable, and the added benefit of the Chateau Ste. Michelle wines it that they are all sustainably grown.  I haven’t reviewed either one recently, which I should probably do because they are both solid wines that are affordable and dependable.  Plus, they’re always huge crowd pleasers!  It’s usually a toss-up as to which one I run out of first, but they are always the first two wines to go.

2009 Kunde Family Estate Red Dirt Red

2009 Kunde Family Estate Red Dirt Red

On the red wine side, I’ve started relying on Kunde Family wines.  Sadly, my favorite of their wines, the Red Dirt Red, is only available through the wine, so I need to plan ahead and order online if I want to serve that at a party.  However, their Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Zinfandel are all delicious, affordable, and easy to find (at least in the DC Metro Area), so I know that I can always grab one when I want it.  Plus, Kunde Family Estate also uses sustainable winegrowing practices.

I know this didn’t quite answer your question, but hopefully it gives a little insight into some of my personal wine choices.

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    • says

      So glad you’ve been enjoying them too. Gnarly Head has never let me down! While the Pinot Grigio is my favorite white, the Old Vine Zin has also been a wine that has made multiple appearances in my house. 😉

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