Mondavi Winery, known to most as the pioneer of California winemaking, has some new releases to ease the recession blues.
Introduced in 1994, Robert Mondavi Private Selection showcases a plethora of growing conditions within California’s Central and North Coast appellations. All three selections – Pinot Grigio, Pinot Noir and Merlot – are reasonably priced at $11.
They are widely available at even the most remote vacation spots – from small local markets or beach destinations to large box stores or campground convenience stores.
The white wine varietal has essences of lemon, ripe pears and peaches and should be chilled to better pair with light foods. The Pinot Noir is a very light wine with cherry flavors. Serve it chilled with smoked ham or roast chicken. Open the Merlot about 30 minutes before serving to enhance the plum and cherry notes enjoy it with a juicy grilled burger.
To save even more money, consider Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi, all priced around $8. Mondavi founded the winery near his boyhood home in Lodi.
The four varietals –Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Merlot and Zinfandel – are food friendly and affordable. So, when the money runs out before the month does, uncork one of these four and taste them again for the first time.