5 wines at $20 or less for your Memorial Day weekend

Princeton Corkscrew Wine

Princeton Corkscrew Memorial Day Picks

Working hard mid-afternoon in the South of France, with new vintages to bring back to #Princeton Corkscrew! #wine #winelover #winetasting

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In case you missed it, It’s National Wine Day! I’m sure you’re already thinking about your Memorial Day party menu and drink pairings, but if you’re not sure what goes with what, I got you covered. Some foodies will say it doesn’t matter what wine to pair with your food, as long as you like it. However, it’s not always easy to plan for everyone’s tastebuds when you’re hosting or attending a party. I decided to turn to the experts and ask Laurent Chapuis, owner of Princeton Corkscrew on Palmer Square in Princeton, for his recommendations. He gave me 5 options at $20 or less that are available both online and in the store.

1. ValSotillo, Finca Buenavista, 2012
– From Ribera del Duero, Spain
– This wine pours an intense ruby red with lush berry aromas. This body is robust with rich fruit flavor, yet shows incredible elegance and mineral freshness on the mid-palate. The finish is long-lasting and graced with hints of spice. This wine may be enjoyed on its own, but will pair well with most lamb, beef and pork dishes —roasted, braised or grilled.

2. Roberto Ferraris, “I Suôrí,” Barbera d’Asti, 2014
– From Piemonte, Italy
– Aromas of blackberries dusted with exotic spices billow from the glass. On the palate, the wine is wonderfully fruity — like a bowl of berries in the glass — but still super-fresh. The structure and length are classic Asti — mineral, bright and miles-long. It is the perfect house red to be enjoyed on its own, yet versatile enough to be paired with almost anything!

3. Château Saint Jean – Côtes de Provence Rosé, 2014
– From Provence, France
– Fresh melon and wild strawberry on the palate, with a vibrant acidity that makes this zippy rosé perfect for richer fare or barbeque.

4. Domaine de la Potine – Sauvignon Blanc, 2014
– From Loire Valley, France
– This wine is bright and mineral driven with an inherent fruitiness. It is a great choice as refreshing aperitif or “cocktail” wine.

5. Weingut Martinshof – Zum Martin Sepp Grüner Veltliner, 2014
– From Weinviertel, Austria
– Bright minerality gives this wine an illusion of effervescence with a lemon-lime note on the mid palate. It is crisp and easy drinking for a warm spring day.

If you can’t make it to Princeton before the weekend, follow the Corkscrew on Instagram to see the latest wine feature or food pairing for inspiration. And if you’re planning a trip to town soon, check out the upcoming tastings. The next one is June 8th with Bill Holloran of Holloran Wine Vineyards.

What are you drinking this weekend? Tag or tweet @OMJfeed with a picture of you enjoying your favorite weekend wine. 

Hilary Morris is a marketing consultant, social media strategist and founder of the Princeton, NJ area networking group for entrepreneurs and small business owners called CoffeeTalk. She is a frequent instructor and speaker on topics relating to marketing and social media. On the side, Hilary also runs a girls’ fashion blog called A Fancy Girl Must. Perhaps the most important role is as a mom to 3 girls. Hilary, her husband and her little ladies reside in Montgomery Township, NJ. As someone who wears many hats, you can learn more about Hilary at about.me/mrsmonj.