Village Wines of Glendale shares the best reds and whites for your budget

White Wine Introduction:

Bringing a bottle of white wine with you to a party is always a crowd-pleaser, especially when chilled to its optimum temperature. Appreciating the intricate elements of wine, Village Wines of Glendale owner and Liberty Township resident Kate Eberlein offers some excellent recommendations for your next event, dinner, or evening with friends. Whether you’re looking for a luxurious splurge or a great value wine, Eberlein provides her favorite wines for any budget.

Under $25:

Lola Chardonnay

A glass of Chardonnay on the back porch should be like this one: light oak, with bright fruity flavors, all of which lead to a crisp taste in the glass.

Perles de Sauvignon Blanc—Gérard Bertrand

Enjoy a grassy, herbal edge to the more typical fruit-forward flavors of peach and green apple; a must-drink with your favorite seafood dish!

Frog’s Leap Sauvignon Blanc

A popular pick at Village Wines of Glendale, Frog’s Leap actually started their production with a Sauvignon Blanc in 1981, and ever since they have been perfecting this sippable wine.

 

Over $25:

Merry Edwards Sauvignon Blanc

Merry Edwards has a reputation for unassailable wines, but they really stepped it up with this one: French oak barrels and careful grape selection yield a truly lush wine.

Roland Lavantureux Chablis Grand Cru Vaudésir

This is a reliable, high-quality Chablis for your next big occasion. The aging process in stainless steel and oak barrels creates a precise and perfect flavor.

Hudson Chardonnay, Napa Valley/Carneros

With notes of almond, orange peel, and lemon, this Chardonnay is the big-flavor white wine that you imagine hailing from Napa Valley’s world-renowned vineyards.

 

Red Wine Introduction:

Wine with a story behind it can bring people closer together, and the complexity of flavors in even a single sip just inspires us to talk it out. At Village Wines of Glendale, you can find red wines for all kinds of occasions, from your everyday unwinding time to the big party or event of the season. If you’re looking to invest in a bottle or just want to try a good value, Eberlein suggests these vibrant and interesting red wines. Try them yourself and see if you can pick out the individual flavor notes.

Under $25: 

Davis Bynum Jane’s Vineyard Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley

This plummy and spicy wine should be on every table alongside an earthy dish like mushroom risotto. Fans of a fruit-filled red wine will love this one.

Dry Creek Heritage

A high-quality red is known for its mouthfeel, and this one is a satin-smooth treat. This Zinfandel has a full, fruity aroma and complex layers of flavor.

Colosi Rosso Terre Siciliane

Want a ruby wine that will be just as delicious as it is beautiful in the glass? Try this red that balances a strong flavor while never becoming overly concentrated.
 

Over $25:

Frog’s Leap Rutherford Cabernet

The balances in this gorgeous Cabernet get rave reviews; most people recommend keeping it and letting it age, if you can bear to wait a little while to try it.

Purlieu Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kanon Vineyard

With a name that means “the edge of the forest,” Purlieu gets the Cabernet Sauvignon right in the most quintessential Napa Valley style. Savor this flavor well.

Failla Pinot Noir Occidental Ridge Vineyard

When adding a lingering, delicious red to your collection, pick this Occidental Ridge Pinot Noir. Rich and warm, this Pinot Noir has strong berry notes and an earthy finish.