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Are you on a Budget to Drink Wine?

Crowd favorite, vexpensive wine Because it's TASTING NOTES Great with FOOD PAIRING Blanchard's cash- saving suggestion Murray's cash- saving sugges- tion GOURMET HEARTBE ATI A Napa Valley Cabernet with structure Red meats, Red-wine based stews, and char- coal-grilled items WINE TRICK OF THE TRADE BEST RECIPES *Forgotten Vintages. "Keep your eye out for the vintages no one every mentions," says Murray. "For example, many people don't look at 2002 wines out of Italy because it was a very rainy year. But there were a number of producers that made a great wines that year and had a hard time selling them, which drove the price down. On the flip side, 2003 was a very hot year in Europe and some lower level red burgundies de- veloped unusual richness and ended up as great values." Caymus Napa Valley 2002 Cab ernet Saunignon Chappellet Moun- tain Napa Valley 2004 Cuvee Sirita Napa Valley 2003 Cab- ernet Sauvignon $75 $28*** $21*** Pork, salmon, Full of Choco- late and cherries cooked mush- with a back-bone rooms, and pasata Shafer Napa Valley 2005 Merlot Columbia Crest Washington 1997 Merlot Terre di Balbia Balbium Calabria, Italy 2006 Rosso $45 $8*** $18*** **Lesser-known Regions. Go to the South of Italy, Spain Argentina for some of the greatest values on the market right now. Alba- rino and Godello from Northern Spain and ARE YOU ON A Tarts, fish, chlck- en, and lighter Nicely Struc- tured and brim- ming with beaut- meats fiul, delicate cherry fruit BUDGET TO DRINK WINE Flowers Sonom a Coast 2007 Pinot Acacia Carneros 2006 Pinot Noir Mont Eden Vineyards confinually impress Murray. Saratoga Pinot Noir 2006 Cuvee ****Unfamiliar Vineyards Our wine sleuths agree that you should always look out for certain under- valued producers. Cuvees and Estate wines from Mount Eden Vine- yards in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Blanchard likes almost anything out of Colombia Crest in Washington. "Restaurants will often mark up a popular producer such as Rombau- er three times, whereas they'll only mark up an unknown producer such as Auteur two and half times," remarks Blanchard. $48 $22*** $21*** Our Master Sommelier wine sleuths suggest some of their favorite inexpensive dopplegangers for well-known, wonderful wines. Then they reveal some of the tricks they use to find these affordable substitutes; so you can navi- gate your local wine store like a pro. Marked by intense fruit, baked apple, buttered toast, and acidity Lobster, sea- food, cream sauces and pasta Ramey Carner os, Napa Valley "Hudson Vine- yard Louis Latour Bour- gogne Blanc 2007 Chardonnay Artesa Carneros 2006 Chardonnay $60 $18* $18*** ALLAN MURAY fell in love with wine tasting in Hunter Valley, north of Sydney, Austrailia. He moved to San Francisco in 1998 to work with acclaimed Master Sommelier Larry Stone at Rubicon. Encouraged by Stone, Murray worked towards his Master Sommelier diploma, which he received in 2005, making him the first Australian to receive this honor. He currently works Wine Lists" by Forbes Magazine. Now, as consulting Wine Director at San Francisco's Zare at Fly Trap restaurant, Blanchard shows as Wine Director at San Francisco's Masa's restaurant and is studying for his Master of Wine Certifcation. To unwind, he enjoys off bie knack for uncovering "totally crazy wines" from undiscovered wine regions such as Lebanon and the country of Georgia. cycling in the Oakland hills near his home avoids two-wheeled California wine country excursions- for obvious reasons. CHRIS BLANCHARD produced a rap CD that rose to #13 on the UK club charts in 1987 before moving on to launch a career in the wine industry. In 2008, Blanchard's wine list at REDD restaurant in Yountville, CA was voted one of the "World's Top

Are you on a Budget to Drink Wine?

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Our Master Sommelier wine sleuths suggest some of their favorite inexpensive dopplegangers for well-known, wonderful wines.


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