CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- I oftentimes refer to bottles of that elixir we all love as either Saturday-night specials or everyday sippers. Saturday-night specials can also morph into holiday or celebratory wines when the occasion dictates. So, doing the math, you will have significantly more opportunities to experience the everyday sippers.
I know, I am the master of the obvious, but that's why I spend so many words telling you about wines that are both excellent and usually priced less than $20 a bottle. I'm just explaining (rationalizing?) my predilection to concentrate most of my tasting research and recommendations on less expensive wine.
OK, I'm a cheapskate too.
That's why of the wines reviewed here, all but one are everyday sippers. Also, I am a firm believer that there is a whole lot of buried treasure at the bottom of the sea of wine we are all adrift in -- and I was put on this planet to find it for you.
So, I hope you will try a bottle of two of the vinous booty below -- even it's the Saturday-night special.
2010 Bridlewood Pinot Noir ($15): Bright black cherry and spicy flavors highlight this smooth, supple pinot noir from Monterey County, Calif. The medium-bodied texture is balanced out with a touch of vanilla and ample acidity. Try this one with grilled chicken spiced with black pepper, garlic and kosher salt.