We have two wines that we really enjoyed this past week and can highly recommend. I also spotted a couple of favorites at great prices at the Burlingame Safeway. In case you missed our tasting and review of NakedWines.com, be sure to read and learn more about this new concept of funding new winemakers.
Losen-Bockstanz Kabinett Riesling 2012 – Weimax Wines $10.99
Weimax proprietor Gerald Weisel recently visited both Spain and Germany in search of wines for his classic wine shop on Broadway in Burlingame. These days there are very few single-wine-shop owners who rely on their own palate and expertise to venture to wine country destinations to seek out unique wines to stock their wine shelves. Gerald does this yearly, and that is why his wine shop is like no other. This German Riesling is one of his great discoveries. This a beauitful Riesling from a winery near the Mosel in Germany. It is an off-dry Riesling with delicious characteristics of a much more expensive Riesling. It’s loaded with floral characteristics and has a rather lush mouth feel. The finish is just terrific on this wine. You can drink it by itself or have it with some grilled shrimp with a spicy sauce. Delightful and a great deal at $10.99. I like it very much and will rank it at 89 Points.
Thunevin-Calvet Cuvée Constance 2012 – Costco $9.99
Thunevin-Calvet Cuvée Constance 2012 is a red wine from the Languedoc wine region of France. It is a blend of 50% Grenache and 50% Carignane, two typical grapes from this region in the south of France. I really enjoyed the beautifully-balanced fruit of the wine and its easy-going nature from start to finish. There are no flaws in this wine, just pure satisfaction. It is delicious and an amazing bargain wine for $10. I purchased this at the South San Francisco Costco a couple of weeks ago, and at that time they had a good supply on the shelf. The Wine Advocate (Robert Parker) gives it 89 Points and I will go with the same.
Ancient Peaks Sauvignon Blanc update
A couple of weeks ago I reviewed this wine that I’d tasted at the Ancient Peaks tasting room in Santa Margarita. When I’d looked at the store wine shelves, the 2012 vintage was on display. On Sunday, I spotted the 2013 for the first time at the Safeway in Burlingame. They are selling the wine for $11.70 each if you buy six wines, mix or match. This a great wine at a terrific price. See my review.
Also on the shelves at the Burlingame Safeway is the J Vineyards Pinot Gris for the same price as the Ancient Peaks. This summer the J Vineyards Pinot Gris has been my go-to wine for entertaining. Guests love it and always ask, “What is this wine?”