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San Diego Wine Company

by Nannette Eaton on May 3, 2009

“When it comes to wine, I tell people to throw away the vintage charts and invest in a corkscrew. The best way to learn about wine is the drinking.” — Alexis Lichine.

Sure we all get wine at the big box stores, the grocery store and my great love Trader Joe’s, but Wine Harlots encourage you to frequent your local wine merchant. They are masters of their craft, and will steer you toward bottles that match your palate. In addition, in California, grocery and big box stores are prohibited from having wine tastings; wine merchants are a place where you can try before you buy.

In the San Diego area, one of the best wine stores is the San Diego Wine Company. They have a tremendous range of wine, from the super cheapies to the ultra-premium highly allocated bottles. Today I had $23.00 bucks in cash when I went in. Kevin Shelton, from San Diego Wine Company, was up to my challenge, “I want as much wine as I can get for $23!” Kevin didn’t even flinch. I almost got 4 bottles, but that would have required me to scrounge for change in the car, I may not have much dignity, but this would have broken whatever boundaries that remained, maybe we should have looked at purchasing cases of wine online instead and then we would have been set, and it probably would have been a lot cheaper… Depending on what we decided to drink with that much option. I obtained three bottles for $18.45, and I must say, I’m quite pleased with myself and Kevin too!

One of the values I picked was a $5 DeCanal Montepulciano D’Abruzzo 2006 from Italy. It was a great deep burgundy with lots of fruit and a fair quantity of tannin. This is an affordable wine for everyday drinking. I had it with pizza, but it would pair well with any red-sauce dish. It contains 12.5% alcohol and is imported to the US by FWI in Rutherford, NJ.

The music pairing is the San Diego band Unwritten Law, from the acoustic album Music from High Places, one of my all-time favorites, “Seein’ Red.” Pick this wine and you won’t see red financially, just in your glass.