I have very little knowledge of the availability of wine outside of New Hampshire, and thus my blog name.
When I score a wine, it is with the assumption that it is available in N.H. (with rare exceptions that are noted) if one looks for it.
There are a number of other places to look for wines besides the State Liquor Stores, and they tend to be hit or miss, but fun to explore.
The Wine Steward at the Hampstead Commons on route 111 is an interesting place to investigate.
When in Hannaford's super markets, it is always worth the time to check out their crate specials.
The Harvest market on 101 in Bedford is a great place for more interesting wines, but that usually means higher prices.
The Bedford Meat House, across the street on Wallace Road is a good place to shop for wines.
McKinnon's market on North Broadway in Salem is very interesting with a good variety of wines and a good price range.
The Mobil gas station-convenient store off of exit 3 in Windham is a good place to visit.
As I discover interesting wine spots, and please, if you own an interesting wine spot, post a comment to let us know, I'll be printing that information on forth-coming posts.
Now for the Zinfandel of the week, a real "RIPPER" too:
Marietta Sonoma 2007 Zinfandel, $20,99, 89 points, is rich, wonderful on day two too. My own view on this wine differs greatly from what I've read, but the end result is that it is a good wine. With 15.2% alcohol (That can be 1% or so off) and a thick licorice flavor, this wine is surprisingly balanced and smooth, blackberry-filled, but not so spicy as others I have reviewed; described as full-bodied, and that, I agree with.
It has been advised that this wine should be good drinking for 3-6 years.
As for pairing this Zinfandel, I wouldn't be as inclined to pair this with a spicy Mexican cuisine, but it went well with a black-pepper prime-rib.
Do you get lost when it comes to French wines? Just remember the wine tasting of 1976: California wines won.
I'm not pooh-poohing French wines, and have tried some fair priced good wine from France, but for the beginner, like me, it can be a mine-field of complexity and high prices. Why not begin with value wines from the USA that can help to get your own palate oriented before you get discouraged?
Just a thought for other Newbies out there.
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