We visited our friends in Napa Valley about a year ago and this year they stopped by to visit with us over dinner. Both times I have been surprised, intrigued and even shocked by the wines that they pick for dinner. First of all, the wines are damn good. Secondly, they are NOT expensive wines.
If you read Food and Wine magazine you think that all Napa-valley-ites savor indulgingly over $100 bottles of wine at patio parties with Sting and his wife or with Arnold the Governator of California. If you read the Wine Spectator you might get picture of Napa Valleys finest sniffing, swirling and comparing the scents exuded by cult wines with a $300 price tag that were made by a noted garagistas.
I will let you in on to what actually goes on. It’s a pretty simple and smart way to select wine. First of all, most people in Napa Valley know good wine from bad so they don’t drink plonk. They also know other people that inhabit “The Valley” who also know good wine from bad. The secret is that most of them don’t like to spend a lot for wine.
More and wine recommendations at: http://vintagetexas.com/blog/?p=151