If there’s one item we’re always excited to discuss, it’s the delicious nectar of the gods. Wine is one of our favorite alcoholic beverages, and in all truth, we would probably suck the alcohol out of a deodorant stick, so that’s saying a lot. But despite all our ingestion of the product, we aren’t particularly experts on designating between price and quality. However, we’ve recently settled on a specific vineyard that is a great cross-section between reasonable price and quality taste. J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines is a California-grown company that is guaranteed to please all palates every time a cork is popped.
A staple of many dinner parties is Chardonnay, and J. Lohr’s Riverstone Chardonnay is the perfect type to purchase by the case to keep your guests on their toes. A perfect touch of citrus makes this a wine that will go with most meals. However, the price is equally attractive. Downtown Boston liquor stores will charge around $14 per bottle, but we have a feeling the ‘burbs provide the chance to save a few bucks.
Looking for a J. Lohr red to sit back and enjoy the evening? Their most frequently sold is the Seven Oaks Cabernet, a rich and fruity option that won’t break the bank. For around $15 a bottle, you and your loved ones can sit back in intoxicated bliss. However, J. Lohr offers a variety of other delicious wines for fans of the vineyard. For a higher price, sample the Cuvee Series. In fact, the 2005 J. Lohr Cuvee St. E, which is 50% Cabernet Franc, and the rest a combination of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Petit Verdot, was awarded the gold medal at the 2008 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. We can pretty much bet that those giant jugs of Carlo Rossi on the bottom shelf at the packie aren’t winning any contests.
J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines [Official Site]
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