#9. TRADITION AND ELEGANCE FOR LESS THAN TWENTY DOLLARS
Burgundy wines used to be the traditional Holiday drinks with the upper crust. While the rest of us guzzled Blue Nun and Yago from Spain. The great thing about todayâ€™s wine world is the working man no longer needs to suffer dull wines, and with a bit of luck can be swimming in Burgundy. Well almost.
White Burgundy in the form of Chablis is still priced under twenty. And Drouhinâ€™s wine is the real deal â€“ refreshing, with delicate savoury flavours that suggest a summer meadow. A lovely partner for pan fried fish or simply roasted chicken or pork. Reasonably priced Red Burgundy tends to be a bit thin and not in the Holiday spirit, but a great substitute is Barbaresco from Italy. Castello Di Neive could be a twin sister of Burgundy â€“ pale in colour, delicate in touch, but a knockout in charm. Lots of silky, sexy feelings. Over delivers for sure. As with red Burgundy, the best food partners are white meats or birds. Especially the big one.
JOSEPH DROUHIN 11 Chablis â€˜Drouhin-Vaudonâ€™, Burgundy, France 284026 $19.95
CASTELLO DI NEIVE 09 Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy 160143 $19.60