I’m a regular reader of the online magazine slate.com, and while most of the articles I read there are political in nature, they also occasionally post some extremely interesting articles in their Food and Drink section. Their in-house oenophile, Mike Steinberger, does a good job posting articles that inform and entertain more seasoned winos while not intimidating the newbies out there. His article posted today focuses on his search to find truly great wines that retail for under $150.
I can attest to the effort involved in such an undertaking: inflation at home, devaluation of the dollar abroad and a rise in international demand make acquiring top-class wines an often expensive proposition. Lush prides itself on offering great values at all price ranges, be it $10 or $1,000, and as such it’s not surprising that some of Mr. Steinberger’s selections can be found right at your neighborhood Lush. I’ve featured his description on the wines we carry below; if you find your interest peaked on any of the other wines he mentions, let us know and we’ll get it for you.
Domaine Huet. Huet is a hallowed name. Its wines, made of Chenin Blanc, come from the Vouvray appellation in France’s Loire Valley and are called Vouvrays. Huet showcases Chenin Blanc in all its protean splendor: dry (sec), off-dry (demi-sec), sweet (moelleux), even sparkling. The three dry bottlings (Clos du Bourg, Le Haut-Lieu, Le Mont) are the most versatile and affordable Huets, ranging in price from $25 to $40—a small tariff to pay for the finest white wines from the Loire and some of the best white wines on the planet.
Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape. An atypical Châteaneuf-du-Pape, in that it contains a hefty amount ofMourvèdre, but also one of the best. The Châteauneuf appellation is overrun these days with prestige cuvées, wines produced in small quantities that often sell for hundreds of dollars a bottle. Beaucastel makes one, the Hommage à Jacques Perrin, which goes for prices ranging from $350 to $500. But, in my opinion, those wines have nothing on the regular Beaucastel Châteauneuf, which can be found for $75 to $100 and offers lots of sun-splashed pleasure but also all the complexity and verve of a great Bordeaux or Burgundy.
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