Two Faves for the Holidays!
Wine is an acquired taste and it takes years of studying its process to perfect what is a good bottle of wine, and I don't mean just from drinking it. One should learn about the vine, where the vine was planted and I do mean from the very beginning when a vine is planted in the soil. The minerals from the earth provide so much detail to its taste. I have been growing and making wine for a while and I am still a novice.
From the beautiful village of Santo Stefano Belbo in Piedmont comes delicious Stella Rosa. This refreshing red is semi-sweet and a bit on the bubbly side. You can taste a hint of strawberry which causes your taste buds to want more. This wine is for your “I'm not an avid wine drinker but, I think I know about wine”. If you are on a budget and you want to provide your friends a decent wine for their diverse pallet, then this is the wine for you. The average cost per bottle is $8.99 but don't tell your friends.
My first love and will always be my go-to wine for a beginner is a Riesling. In my opinion, a Riesling can be loved dry or sweet and it can help a beginner acquire a quick taste for wine.
One of my favorite inexpensive Riesling for the holidays is Clean Slate from Mosel, Germany. It's crisp not too sweet nor is it semi-sweet. This white wine is more on the dry side but full of flavor and body. It's a wine you can drink when you are alone or with a friend. I prefer drinking Clean Slate alone maybe, it's because I love it so much I don't want to share it. 😉