By: Natalya Jones
Your social calendar is chock full with corny office parties, that friend of a friend’s cousin’s uncle’s birthday, or an awkward family reunion. You’re ecstatic to go to these (who doesn’t love when distant family members question why you’re STILL single?), but there’s a slight problem: your wine knowledge consists of browsing Publix for anything under $10 (Lucky Duck, anyone?). While I can’t promise anything particularly tasty under $10, I can give a list of wines under $25 from my former assistant manager’s perspective, Karen Cornack, from Weston’s Libation, the Love of Wine.
Lo Duca [Mamertino; Red Frizzante; Italy]: $19.99
“You gotta do a bubbly,” states Cornack. And bubbly you shall get with Lo Duca Mamertino. This “off-dry”, fruit forward wine is packed with tastes of cherries and raspberries and great when paired with appetizers such as provolone cheese and crackers.
Bitch 2009 [Grenache; Spain]: $14.99
This wine is exactly what it sounds like – sass in a glass. Cornack says it’s a fun wine to give someone because of the “whimsical label”. Cornack adds, “Someone opens a bottle of bitch; everyone’s going to giggle.” The title is also perfect to give to your grumpy sister-in-law with the ol’ excuse: “The name is just funny…no, no, nothing to do with you!” Packed with tastes of fruit such as raspberries, peach, and strawberries, this light hearted gift is great when drank with heavy meats such as beef or steak and rich desserts like chocolate cake.
Luigi Scarani [Moscato; Italy]: $21.99
This slightly sweet wine has the power to “appeal to a lot of people…even those who are not wine drinkers.” Cornack describes it as a “nice big bottle….it looks great in a gift basket.” Aromas in this particular bottle include not only flower-patterned scents but apricot and peach blossoms as well. This wine is great paired with cheeses such as asiago, brie, cheddar and mancheggo.
Dr. H Thanisch Riesling 2010 [White Mostelle Wine; Germans]: $17.99
The German wine is perfect for any occasion. Semi-dry with a medium body, Cornack describes it as a “sit down dinner” kind of wine. This white wine is delicious when paired with poultry such as turkey and duck.
Karen Cornack is an assistant manager at Libation, the Love of Wine, located in the Weston Town Center in Weston, Fl and has been managing there for 5 years. Come in for delicious food, 72 different wines poured from self serve wine machines, and make-out friendly ambiance.
1722 Main St Weston, FL 33326