The Best $12 I Ever Spent

It’s probably becoming clear that I am more of a red wine drinker. I have nothing against white or rosé, but nothing quite does it for me like a red, especially a full-bodied one. This poses a bit of a conundrum come spring/summertime when I want something light and fruity but really don’t want to stray from my beloved red. Luckily, I’ve discovered that I actually do like light-bodied reds contrary to what I believed (see my post on Gamay). I used to completely swear off Pinot Noir, Gamay and the like in favor of Cabernet or Syrah, on even the hottest of days. Actually, The Beatles’ song, “I’m Looking Through You”, could be based on my love/hate relationship with light-bodied reds. Why, tell me why did you not treat me right? Probably because I was drinking $6 Pinot Noir from Trader Joe’s. Idk.

Enter the Domaine de la Prébende Beaujolais, imported by my homie (I wish) Kermit Lynch and recommended to me by my wine guy (a.k.a. the owner of Underdog), Ryan Sciara. The price point is hard to beat at just $12. Please listen to me while I wax poetic about wine shops for a minute. I have spent over $12 at crappy liquor stores or Trader Joe’s and ended up with swill. Yet, I have never bought wine under $15 from a wine shop that I didn’t enjoy on some level, and you can trust me because the majority of wine I drink is around $15 or less.

I chilled this wine for about 20 minutes before opening it because I like my lighter-bodied reds on the cooler side. The bouquet is super light but spicy. It tastes like freshly cracked black pepper, in the best way and the same spiciness from the nose lingers on your tongue. I’m still learning to appreciate the delicateness of lighter-bodied reds since for most of my wine-drinking life, I’d choose bold over light any day.

This wine would be great with a charcuterie plate, which I honestly wish I could have for dinner every night. I think it would go nicely with some jambon and chèvre with cracked pepper water crackers (note: I wrote this post before my last one and yeah, I just really love charcuterie that much). I would also condone drinking this in a park if doing so in your town is legal and maybe even if it’s not. It’s also just good to sip in your backyard while listening to Rubber Soul for the millionth time. Anyway, even if you were a light-bodied red nay-sayer like me, give this one a shot.

I’m looking through you, you’re not the same!