Start the year wine right!

at the Wine Rack

With Christopher Reckord

Thursday, January 02, 2014    

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Diverse lists are everywhere at this time of year and the wine world is no exception. Each year editors from one of the world's leading wine publications, Wine Spectator magazine survey the wines they reviewed over the previous 12 months and in the final issue for the year, list their Top 100, based on quality, value, availability and excitement.

From The Top 100 Wines

I combed through the list to see which of these highly acclaimed wines might be sold here in Jamaica. I found five. Go grab a bottle and try something new for 2014.

o Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon Knights Valley Reserve 2010

o Charles Smith Riesling Columbia Valley Kung Fu Girl Evergreen 2012

o Chateau Ste Michelle Sauvignon Blanc Horse Heaven Vineyard 2012

o Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Special Selection 2010

o A to Z Wineworks Pinot Noir Oregon 2011

Top 100 Values

In addition to the Top 100 wines of the year list, Wine Spectator also creates a Value of the Year list. That list presents a selection of the year's top-scoring values. At 90 points or higher and US$18 (landed with duties paid - think approx. J$3600) or less, these wines from around the world represent exceptional quality for the price. I found a few more wines from this list available in Jamaica.

o Georges Duboeuf Moulin-à-Vent Flower Label 2011

o Trapiche Malbec Mendoza Broquel 2011

o Trivento Amado Sur Red Mendoza 2011

o Concha y Toro Marqués de Casa Concha Chardonnay Limarí Valley 2011

Top Bargains

The Top 100 issue included yet another chart of 65 red and white wines with the lowest prices and the highest quality - along with the largest production overall. All the wines are priced at US$10 (landed with duties paid - think approx J$2,000) or less and scored at least 85 points. In addition, these wines were made in quantities of at least 5,000 cases, and often more, making them easy to find. Wine Spectator suggests that we think of these flavourful and versatile wines as your go-to bottles for everyday drinking pleasure, whether to enjoy with meals or on their own. Understandably I found most of our wines here.

Red Wines

o Straccali Chianti 2011

o Bogle Merlot California 2010

o Lindemans Merlot South Eastern Australia Bin 40 2012

o Folonari Chianti 2011

o Radius Merlot Washington 2011

o Ravenswood Zinfandel California Vintners Blend Old Vine 2011

o Lindemans Shiraz South Eastern Australia Bin 50 2012

o Rosemount Shiraz South Eastern Australia Diamond Label 2011

White Wine

o Columbia Crest Chardonnay Washington Two Vines 2010

o Chateau Ste Michelle Riesling Columbia Valley 2012

o Castello Banfi Pinot Grigio Toscana Le Rime 2011

o Goats do Roam White Western Cape 2012

o Lindemans Chardonnay South Eastern Australia Bin 65 2012

o Yellow Tail Chardonnay South Eastern Australia 2012

The experts have selected these wines, so start the year of right and try one today.

Christopher Reckord - Businessman, Entrepreneur & Wine Enthusiast. Send your questions and comments to Follow us on twitter: @Reckord





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