The staff at the Hamilton and Hopewell Super Buy Rite’s enjoy being your go-to source for everything related to adult beverages. Whether you need a recommendation, pairing ideas, wedding planning assistance or more, we’re there for you.
However, whether you’re looking for services we cannot provide, a different perspective, or simply validation, we have some suggestions for you. We’re not endorsing or earning anything from these other resources, but you may find these worth your time.
Wine Spectator Online. Everyone interested in wine knows about their glossy magazine, and their website adds another dimension. In addition to wine ratings, the website includes recipes and pairing ideas. Full access requires a paid subscription.
Cellartracker.com. Regardless of where you are in wine collecting, Cellartracker is an easy way to organize your wines. You can also read reviews from other consumers, as well as get an idea on the drinking window for many selections. It’s free to use, although donations are requested.
WInery websites. Nearly every brand has their own website, so you can easily spend hours looking for information. Most often, I’ll visit a brand website to look for recipes. Value brands like Barefoot and Bogle have some outstanding recipes. The recipes on the Rombauer website are based on those found in the Joy of Cooking, which was first assembled by Irma Rombauer. If you find recipes that you like, save them electronically or in print, because websites do change. The Chateau Ste. Michelle website used to have some terrific recipes, but that feature doesn’t seem to exist today.
Distillery websites. Many of us have been exploring cocktails over the last few months, and many spirits brands offer interesting cocktail recipes. Some, like Maker’s Mark, offer both food and cocktail recipes. The same goes for brewery websites; just find your favorites and explore.
Honorable mention: These subscription websites are also useful for wine lovers: Wine Advocate, Vinous Media, and Wine Enthusiast.
What we’re drinking this week will be a regular feature of our blog posts. After all, what’s the point of working in a Super Buy Rite if you’re not going to sample the merchandise?
Cordero con Piel de Lobo Malbec. In English, Sheep in Wolf’s Clothing. This is a blend of Malbec from 3 different vineyards, at different elevations in the Mendoza region. Malbec thrives in that part of Argentina, and this young, exuberant wine could be your new favorite red. It’s a restrained, fruit-forward effort, making it a perfect pairing wine. Loads of red fruit, a touch of blueberry, and rounded tannins are highlights, with deep cherry notes. We paired it with a mixed grill dinner, and that was perfection. 92 points from James Suckling, and available for only $14.99.
Boedecker Cellars Pinot Noir. Although there’s no relation, my daughter-in-law’s family is also named Boedecker, so we had to have this wine on our table. We frequently grill salmon when the weather permits, and I’ve found that Pinot pairs perfectly. The 2016 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir from Boedecker Cellars strikes a nice balance between lush and light. You’ll find classic notes of ripe cherry with some appealing tannic grippiness, along with plenty of red fruit. This scored 91 points from James Suckling, and is available for only $19.99.
—Steve Wernick, Wine Manager