These great values are what’s for dinner

This past weekend, we hit the wine aisle of our local supermarket looking for some quality, reasonably priced wines that would pair with the food in our basket. With the nice break in the rain here in Northern California, we had grill on our mind and shopped accordingly. For Saturday, grilled pork loin roast, sizzling riesling vegetable  medley, and rice. Sunday was lemon pepper and onion grilled bacon cheese burgers with all the fixings. Both of the meat offerings were grilled over coal and a combination of hickory and cherry wood.

Luna Vineyards 2010 Lunatic Red Blend


DdV: 90
Price: $12.00
Blend: Syrah 68%, Sangiovese 23%, Petite Sirah 6% ,Grenache 3%
Source: Napa Valley

We’re huge Luna fans and have loved their wines for years. From the amazing super-tuscan-esq Canto to their magnificent Howell Mountain Cabs and Merlots to their rare Napa Valley sourced Italian varietals such as Pinot Grigio and Sangiovese, there is something to love in every bottle. The Lunatic line comes in a white and a red. Both are blends and are great values. For our burgers we went with the Lunatic Red.

This is a fantastic value for the quality it delivers. A smooth food friendly wine that fits into the grill wine niche but is more complex and not as sweet as a wine such as Apothic’s Red. Rich dark berry, dark cherry, plum, and dark cranberry abound with a balanced finish filled with white pepper and spice. Great for burgers, steaks, smoked short ribs and can even handle up to moderate spiciness.

La Crema 2011 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast


DdV: 90
Price: $12.00
Blend: 100% Pinot Noir
Source: Sonoma Coast

Another very tasty Sonoma Coast offering from La Crema. This is as good a deal in Pinot as you’ll find in 2013!  We paired this with a grilled pork loin roast, sizzling riesling vegetable medley (included red, green bell peppers, squash, zucchini, carrots, garlic, white and red onion all oven roasted with lemon, butter and generous splashes of dry riesling) and rice. The wine picked up everything quite well but really shined with the pork roast.

Bright bing cherry and floral notes on the nose lead to more bright cherry, pomegranate, and hints of cola on the mid. Finishes nicely with some bright tannins and spice. Great for grilled pork, chicken, or Cornish game hens.