The holiday season is behind us, and now we begin the long, dark trudge towards spring (is it too much to hope for a little snow?). For many people, January is a time of resolutions and abstinence, but for me, a return to moderation feels gentler and more appropriate. I hope we were all able to enjoy at least one bottle of very nice
wine these past few weeks - perhaps pulled from deep within the cellar or gifted by a most thoughtful friend. Now that we are back to the routines of everyday life, though, it’s wonderful to be reminded of the simple pleasure that can be found in an affordable, weeknight bottle of wine. I’m all about discovering joy in the little things, and for those of us not embracing full abstinence this month, that might look like an easy dinner paired with a wine that will most definitely elevate the meal and provide a pleasant surprise when it comes to dollar-for-dollar value.
Personally, I’m currently quite partial to meals that revolve around one of two flavor arenas - buttery, lemony sauces with plenty of briny capers and artichoke hearts (think chicken piccata or shrimp scampi) or bright and fresh tomato sauces with something cheesy and meaty on top (classic spaghetti and meatballs or chicken parmesan never disappoint). For the former, I’m recommending one of my favorite whites that I’ve tried recently - the 2022 Patrick Noel Sancerre
. And for those tomato sauce nights, what better than a truly classic pairing - the 2019 Caparsa Chianti Classico
. Neither of these bottles breaks the bank, and both offer a level of quality, flavor, and all-around enjoyment that far exceeds their price tag.