Everyday: Who says you can’t find really good Vouvray for under $20? Not me, at least after savoring the super-tasty
2012 J. Moreau & Fils Vouvray ($16). With touches of sweetness and saltiness augmenting the fresh green-fruit core (kiwi, Key lime), this is one refreshing but ample white. The mouthfeel is luxuriant, the finish bold and lengthy. Forget the Red Bull and use this as an energy boost on a chilly day. Pair it with fish tacos, fried chicken or any kind of ham dish. Plop on the tight, taut and oh-so-soulful music of Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings and let it roll.
Occasion: Want to spring something special on your Thanksgiving guests? You could do no better than the gorgeous 2012 Pio Cesare “Fides” Barbera d’Alba ($40). Splendiferous bright red fruit almost assaults the nose and palate before some sturdy tannins and refreshing acidity show their stuff, producing layers of flavor and texture. If someone complains that it doesn’t fit the all-American theme of the day, remind him/her that we are named after Italian explorer Amerigo Vespucci. Pair it with any roast fowl or bed. And just for good measure, put on some music by Dean Martin, née Dino Paul Crocetti.