We are blessed at the present moment with some of the most affordable fine red wines in recent memory. Earlier in the summer I attended a dinner for Ben Watts's excellent, not budget-busting rose WattsUp. Last night I attended the Marvelous wines from South Africa launch while admiring the midtown view at the Armani Ristaurante hosted by Adam Mason. Marvelous wines are a collaboration between Mason, a winemaker, and chef Peter Tempelhoff. The price point, in particular, is wonderful -- $15 each (even writers these days can afford that). The wines, even more so are impressive.
Guests were treated to the 2011 Red -- 83% Syrah, 9% Grenache, 5% Viognier, and 3% Mourvedre -- medium bodied, which had subtly spicy notes, the perfect addition to a red meat stew. The Marvelous Yellow 2012 -- a blend of 60% Chenin Blanc, 30% Chardonnay & 10% Viognier was exhuberant, the perfect accompaniment for a seafood chowder and my favorite of the evening. Finally, the Rose, crisp with hints of watermelon. The perfect summer drink, this Rosé Wine, much like WattsUp.
Again, we are blessed at the present moment with some of the most affordable fine red wines. Armed with this information, go forth and enjoy the rest of this summer. And drink responsibly and so forth ..