Cheers! What’s Your Go-To Table Wine?

by Nadine on July 26, 2016

Claire Underwood. So elegant. So terrifying.

Last night, Matthew and I watched Somm: Into the Bottle. Even if you’re not a wine aficionado, it’s a worthwhile watch.

(I also highly recommend its predecessor, Somm, a film that’s less about the wine and more about sommeliers. Warning: it’s uber-stressful if you hate exams.)

The doc, while featuring some of the world’s most exclusive bottles of wine, validated the simple act of enjoying a glass of vino, even if you have little-to-no wine knowledge. If you can identify layers and comment on how your drink has notes of dill, berry and tar — um?! — good for you. But if you solely imbibe because wine tastes good, well, that’s really the point, isn’t it?

And I happen to enjoy a glass (or two) or wine.

Anywho, the whole point of this post is that I’m nosey. Not nosey as in “I like to sniff my wine,” but nosey as in “I wonder what other people are drinking.”

At our place, you’ll usually find one or both of these on our bookshelf/pantry:

Bear Flag Smooth Red Blend (California); Castillo de Monseran Garnacha, Carinena (Spain)

What’s your go-to table wine, friends? (I’m talking about your affordable favourite to drink at any time with anything, not special bottles you pick up for anniversaries or dinner parties.) Which bottles do you buy in multiples?

P.S. Other wine docs on Netflix: A Year in Champagne and A Year in Burgundy.

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Amanda July 29, 2016 at 9:50 pm

For quite a while it was J Lohr 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon (California) but the last few bottles aren’t quite so awesome so I’m wondering if it’s beyond it’s prime now. Though I’ll try nearly any California Cab Sauv, I’m not picky.


Annie July 31, 2016 at 7:19 pm

I’m not into reds, prefer French Cross Dry White in the 5Litre box. It goes on sale a few times a year and usually lasts me about 10 weeks, using it for cooking as well as drinking.


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