In honor of the Western Conference’s victory in Sunday’s NBA All Star Game, we will be examining the “Starting Five”; The five best wines available at Bay Area BevMo locations as part of their 5 cent sale promotion.
Perusing the aisles of the Walnut Creek BevMo during their much loved 5 Cent Sale promotion, it becomes painfully obvious that the majority of these five cent wines are hardly worth it; “private labels”, screw caps, and plastic corks abound, but amid the sea of funky off brands, there hides some exceptional gems, it’s these wines that are the true bargains of the five cent sale, these are the All Stars. This starting five takes to the court with a plethora of talents, in other words, something for everybody. Tonight we take a look at the guards in our all star lineup. In the one spot, we examine a worthy Pinot Noir.
Full of lovely cherry, raspberry, and floral notes, the 08 Breggo Anderson Valley Pinot Noir takes the court as the point guard and clear general of this all star lineup. This wine orchestrates a perfect fast break in the form of a concentrated acidity that brings out the juiciness of its big berry flavors. The complexity is something that could be compared to a cross between the game of Monta Ellis and Rajon Rondo; casual wine drinkers will love its versatility and will be able to appreciate it without over thinking it, while traditionalists and more hardcore wine fanatics will love it’s depth which can be studied intensely (if one so chooses to). The finish is long and beyond pleasant, making this wine a perfect match for pork or poultry, it would even make a worthy partner for a lovely salmon tartare. This high quality California Pinot usually commands a hefty price tag of $44.99, but thanks to the five cent sale, the bargain loving wine connoisseur can pick up two bottles for $45.04, which brings the cost down to a paltry $22.52 per bottle, making the price of this luxurious wine reasonable enough for any budget.
In the two spot, at shooting guard, we have the 09 Coppola Diamond Collection Sauvignon Blanc. Living up to the Coppola pedigree, this lovely unoaked sauv blanc is bursting with heavenly notes of grapefruit, lemon, lime, golden apple, pear, white flowers and an unmistakable pineapple finish. This summery wine slashes down the lane and makes quick cuts on a dime thanks to its racy acidity, and the lighter body helps it blow past defenders with the grace of MJ and the style of Kobe all rolled into one. A Shooting guard’s primary objective is to score points, and you’ll score all kinds of points when you serve this fantastic bottle to your guests before dinner with a high quality goat cheese. Thanks to your friends at BevMo and their five cent sale, the budget conscious wine lover will be able to take two bottles of this fantastic expression of the Sauvignon Blanc grape for a scant $14.05 (that’s the price for both, not each!).
Next time, we’ll take a look at a lovely Chardonnay and Cab that take the court as our starting forwards…until then, raise your glasses to our Western Conference All Star winners (and especially the MVP), and if you’re not a basketball fan, just use this as an excuse to raise your glass anyway…cheers!!!