staying home 7 Wines to Take the Edge Off Social Distancing

7 Wines to Take the Edge Off Social Distancing

Shelter-in-place winetasting is officially a thing. 
Shelter-in-place winetasting is officially a thing. 
Pop a cork and take a tour of the world’s best wine regions from your living room.

A glass or three at the end of a(nother) day in quarantine sounds pretty good these days. Especially if it reminds us of travels past and future. Here are a few bottles we’re opening to transport us to Basque vineyards, California wine country, and beyond.

For your next virtual happy hour: Ulacia Txakoli 2018

You had a glass of pinot grigio yesterday and you’re not quite ready for a swashbuckling red that will bring on an 8:30 bedtime. This Basque conversation-starter (txakoli is pronounced “sha-KO-lee”) has a refreshing hint of bubbles, a tang of citrus, light acidity, and low alcohol. Pairs beautifully with salted popcorn or leftover take-out. $20,

For the “just comfort me” moments: Robert Mondavi Pinot Noir 2018

In this jammy crowd-pleaser, bright red fruit and light spice adapt to a range of dishes in true pinot style. Drink while watching the pinot-centric 2004 comedy Sideways to escape to California wine country. $28,

For the anything-goes brunch at home: Ken Forrester Petit Rosé 2019

Whether your leisurely morning meal skews to kimchi pancakes or poached eggs and bacon, turn to this fruity rosé from one of South Africa’s best-known winemakers for a strawberry tap-dance on your tongue. A deceptively high alcohol content starts the day off right. $11,

For a grown-up evening in: Renato Ratti Barbera d’Asti Battaglione 2017

A glass of this rustic Piedmont red unfolds with full-bodied fruit, lingers on the finish, and pairs beautifully with the finer foods in your stash: creamy, nutty soft cheeses; that salumi you’ve been saving; and hearty pastas. $19,

For the ambitious new recipe you’re trying: Tilia Torrontés 2018

You want versatility and forgiveness if that coconut curry ends up less impressive than you hoped, but also something with enough style to wow on its own. This aromatic, light-bodied white flourishes next to spicy-sweet dishes, and shows Argentina can produce much more than big malbecs. Serve extra chilled. $11,

For Saturday afternoon grilling: Penfolds Bin 128 Shiraz 2016

Uncork this bottle and let it breathe while dinner sizzles on the barbie. You’ll be rewarded with a powerful flavor profile of dark berry and chocolate trailing into a velvety finish. This Australian favorite goes best with grilled steak and lazy afternoons. $40, 

For a times-are-hard pick-me-up: Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut

You know when’s a great time to pop the cork on that special bottle? Right now. This Champagne suffuses your world in gold-mist glow and fizzes with notes of delicate honeysuckle before settling into a long toasty finish. Pair with a family group-video chat to celebrate those you love. $50,

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