I love getting the Vintages catalogue in the mail. Each time it arrives at my house I run upstairs with a blue Sharpie and circle the wines on my wish list. Then I pretend that I have $200 to spend on my wish list. It’s like when you dream about what you would do if you ever won the lottery, although I guess on a much smaller scale. I never spend this kind of money on wine but it’s fun to dream. A bigger wine budget? Happy thought indeed.
Here we go …
Either Cristal Brut Champagne 2002 Vintages 268755 $287 or Opus One 2005 Vintages 026310 $299
Budget blown and I only have one bottle of wine! That’s a problem.
Okay Vintages, you are priced right out of this world on this release. You do this every year before Christmas. I guess the thinking is that since we are all going crazy spending money like crazy that you might as well bring in these crazy expensive wines.
So if I don’t buy the Cristal or Opus then here’s what I would do with $200.
1. Burgundy – Chablis Domaine Bernard Defaix Vintages 950667. Two bottles = $60 (white wine) I love a Premier Cru Chablis, it’s my favorite white wine
2. Loire – Domaine Bellevue Sauvignon Touraine 2008 Vintages 082305. Two bottles = $30 (white wine) A flinty Sauvignon from the Loire makes me pine for raw Oysters
3. Spain – Muga Reserva 2005 Vintages 177345. Two bottles = $50 Anyone may know of my love for Spanish Rioja – as my brother Kenn says “It tastes like a dry, hot summer”
4. Australia – Grant Burge The Holy Trinity Grenache/Shiraz/Mourvedre 2004 Vintages 726802. Two bottles = $60 It makes me so happy when the Aussies make a Rhone blend – a perfect marriage
I think this is $200 well spent.