Seeking out the Diamonds in the Rough

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So you’ve been affected by the recent economic slowdown…who hasn’t? Your $30+ weeknight selection has been reduced by half – say, to an under $15 “gem?” Let’s face it – most of us have been affected by a diminished wine budget at one time or another. One of the best and most challenging aspects of my job is to find those ‘diamonds in the rough’ and recommend them to my customers.

Well, you’re in luck! This week, per our very own Amazing Grapes’ Steve’s recommendation, I discovered the 2007 Hahn Estate Meritage Table Wine. At Amazing Grapes, we sell this wine for an unbelievable $12.98 per bottle. (FYI, I was in Chicago today and purchased the same bottle for $14.99…just sayin’!) This blend is Hahn’s successful attempt at an everyday table wine that you would be comfortable serving to your most discerning wine snob friends, or to a newbie who has not yet had the pleasure of experiencing and pairing a wine with your delicious culinary creations!

I decided a thin crust cheese and sausage pizza when I stumbled on a little wine shop that just so happened to carry the very same wine I sampled just a few days prior at Amazing Grapes. This is a zesty little red, with black cherry and graphite aromas and appealing, sleek plum, spice and espresso flavors. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2015. My first sip proved to be a bit effervescent. However, after aerating the wine and letting it breathe in my glass for only a few minutes, I discovered this wine was an amazingly smooth and approachable and paired very well with the garlic-forward pie I was enjoying. (Yes, it is absolutely acceptable to be a pizza critic as well as a wine blogger when you are a pizza connoisseur, too!)

So the next time you are perusing our website looking for that deal, I suggest you consider the Hahn ’07 Meritage. At this price, it won’t last long. Cheers!

P.S. The word “Meritage” is pronounced mare-i-tij and rhymes with “heritage.” It is a combination of the words “merit” and “heritage” and is a proprietary term used to denote red and white Bordeaux-style wines without infringing on the Bordeaux region’s legally protected designation of origin.