Chateau-Campuget-1753-syrahHaving already shared several picks from the cadre of Fall Chairman’s Selections in the form of Italian wines and Napa Cabs, we’re not finished yet. Here, with a focus on value (nothing over $14), we highlight some other notable CS picks for your holiday season:

Vina Eguia Crianza 2008 ($8.99)
Lovers of bold Spanish reds should find this to be a nice value. Thought not a style (big and oaky) I tend to go for, I can see this selling well.

Columbia Winery Merlot 2009 ($9.99)
Straightforward Merlot, decently balanced. For $10, you could do a lot worse…

Chateau de Campuget 1753 Syrah 2010 ($9.99)
…then again, you could do better. This well-balanced wine is similar to a Cotes du Rhone. Complex nose features tobacco, caramel, cocoa, and mushrooms, while the palate brings cherry, black tea and herbs. Big tannins resolve nicely into food. Though listed as 100% Syrah, I’d have guessed a Syrah-Grenache blend. Either way, a very nice wine for the price.

Santa Julia Magna 2011 ($10.99)
A compelling blend of Cab, Malbec and Syrah (50/40/10) from Argentina, this features violets, dark fruits and well-integrated oak. Good complexity for a wine of this price category. Comes in a nice gift box too (if the boxes aren’t out on the shelf, ask if there are any in the back).

Colli Ripani Pharus Brezzolino Marche 2012 ($11.99)
A bit lighter than Pharus’ Ninfa Ripana, Passerina’s signature tropical fruits play foil to citrus, herbs and bracing salinity in this white blend. It’s a shame this was released in the fall, because it’d be killer for al fresco seafood dinners downa shore.

Chateau St. Jean Pinot Noir 2010 ($13.99)
Juicy, fresh and easy drinking. A crowd-pleaser for Thanksgiving.


Published by Mike Madaio

One of the co-founders of Pennsylvania Vine Company, Mike is a food & drink writer based in the western suburbs of Philadelphia. His work has appeared in publications such as Wine Enthusiast, Edible Philly and Philly Beer Scene, and he has achieved VIA Italian Wine Ambassador certification. Mike is obsessed with exploring Italian wines of all kinds, especially old-world-style bottles that feature savory, funky notes, achieve great balance and work well with food.

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