Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Anthony Pierpont Red Wine Tips: Find the Best Wine Prices When You Buy Wine in 2007

California wineries harvested almost 2 million tons of red wine grapes last year, just under the record-breaking numbers harvested in 2005. The result is a lot of red grapes– and wine- in storage. On top of that, moderately priced wines from Spain, Italy and Australia have forced a more competitive marketplace and some of the best wine prices.

What does that mean for you when you buy wine? The best wine prices on some of the best-selling red wines of 2005 and 2006. In addition, wineries have an overload of white wines, so expect to see some Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay deals, too.

Read the full story in the LA Times.

Anthony Pierpont Wine Tip of the Day: With record low best wine prices this year, there’s never been a better time to buy that wine cooler you’ve had your eye on… It’s a worthwhile investment for the serious wine drinker!

Anthony Pierpont Red Wine Tips: Best Food and Wine Pairings

Most people believe that you drink red wine with red meat and white wine with chicken. That’s not 100% true.

It’s more accurate to say that the best food and wine pairings are based upon the type of food preparation. A good rule of thumb to find the best wine pairings includes lighter sauces + white wines and heavier sauce + red wine.

I don’t think you have to be too strict about your food and wine pairings. I happen to like to drink red wine, so I have found the right red to accompany almost any gourmet dinner.

  • Beaujolais works well with a lighter meal; you’ll like to drink red wine from the lighter end of the red spectrum.
  • If you can’t find Beaujolais, a good Pinot Noir wine from Oregon works just as well- if not better- for your best wine pairings. I like Eola Hills Pinot Noir wines, circa early 2000’s.
  • For a heavier cream sauce or red sauce, nothing beats Bordeaux. Unless it’s a Cab. Both Bordeaux and Cabernet Sauvignon work well with most cheeses and nicely compliment shellfish food and wine pairings, too.

Anthony Pierpont Wine Tip of the Day: Ask the wine steward for help when you shop for wine. They love to be asked, and they can provide you with the best wine pairings, in any price range.