Saturday, March 7, 2009

Bargain alert: Give the Celeste a whirl

Rarely will I give a recommendation for a wine that I bought at the state store. I'll leave that up to thousands of other wine experts on the Internet to offer their opinions and expertise. But I'm a sucker for the Tempranillo grape, one that has its roots in northern Spain. And it's that grape (well, OK, it's a grape officially know as Tinto Fino there) that's in a $10 red wine that you'll find at state stores around the Commonwealth, a Chairman's Selection offering called Celeste from the wine region of Ribera del Duero. For one who loves looking for basement bargains, this one fills the bill.

According to one site I read, the eye-catching label features the location of the stars over the vineyard at 7 in the evening. It's a wine that looks gorgeous and yields a barrel full of aromas and mild tannins. For the purpose of the novice, it's just a great wine that would go with any number of dishes or none at all. Definitely one worth trying out. If you are interested in the tasting notes, scroll down at this link.

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