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2010 Wines of the Year: Lan Rioja Crianza, Domaine St. Michelle, Fetzer Chardonnay, Parallele 45 Rose, LAN Rioja Crianza, Geyser Peak Cabernet Sauvignon, Clean Slate Reisling

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Compiled By Matt Goldstein

2010 Wine of the Year: Lan Rioja Crianza Spain, $12

Sparkling: Domaine St. Michelle, USA, $12

Light White: Aveleda Fonte Vinho Verde, Portugal, $7

Heavy White: Fetzer Chardonnay, USA, $9

Rose: Parallele 45 Rose, France, $13

Light Red: LAN Rioja Crianza, Spain, $12

Heavy Red: Geyser Peak Cabernet Sauvignon, USA, $15

Sweet: Clean Slate Reisling, Germany, $11

The wines listed above have been selected as the 2010 Wine Trial champions. All 7 wines were put through rigorous blind taste testing that included sommelier’s, chefs, wine stewards, and cellar masters. The wines competed against “premium” wines sometimes 5-10 times their price. All of the champion wines are under $16! The book, 2010 Wine Trials, by Robin Goldstein & Alexis Herschkowitsch breaks down hundreds of wines and proves that there is no need to spend more than a few dollars to get a great wine experience.

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Check out – $12 Domaine Ste Michelle Defeats Dom Perignon in a Blind Taste Test .

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14 comments to 2010 Wines of the Year: Lan Rioja Crianza, Domaine St. Michelle, Fetzer Chardonnay, Parallele 45 Rose, LAN Rioja Crianza, Geyser Peak Cabernet Sauvignon, Clean Slate Reisling

  • Jeff Geidt

    Admittedly, I am no wine expert but I enjoy ocassional drinks here and there. This post has given me a better understanding about Spanish wines. More similar features will be highly appreciated. Thanks!

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  • The list sounds delightful and I am going to taste the 2010 Wine of the Year: Lan Rioja Crianza Spain. It is not that expensive and truly catchy basing on what I have read in the wine reviews. This post is good even in 2012!

    Sarah Campbell
    Mutiara

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    WGM Reply:

    I completely agree Sarah. This wine will be good for years and it’s inexpensive enough to check out the other years. I am sure they will be solid.

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  • Thank you so much, this was very interesting. I was actually born in Spain (I’m not telling you when though!) but was moved around europe and finally settled in England when I was 5. I dont remember much of the few years I was in spain, but the smell of spanish food always seems to get me going or something. Funny, how I dont remember anything except the smells,isn’t it! I actually found a internet site dedicated to spanish recipes, which gave me great delight and thought I ought to share with your readers. Anyway, thank you again. I’ll get my son to add your feed to my rss thing…

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  • Rita

    PS: spanish wines are fabulous. I have a few in my collection but now I will be adding the Lan Rioja for sure. thank you for compiling the information, Matt:)

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  • Rita

    Great website Matt! You really do your homework:) Love it

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  • I am ready to try the -Light White: Aveleda Fonte Vinho Verde, Portugal, $7

    Also I know a lovely Portugese person who might be willing to share the bottle :)

    You up for it Beth?

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  • Tizzle

    Spain remains underated in its wine producing. If anyone is having trouble on deciding on travel destinations, Spain is the way to go. The wine, cuisine, and history alone make it a must. There is a historic town on the eastern coast in the Valencia province called Denia. In 2004 I went into a little Bodega that had nothing but barrells of wine stacked high to the ceiling. The proprietor was super cool, and let me sample about 7 or 8 wines. I left with two- 2 liters of Spanish reds for about 7 Euros and stumbled out of there drunk with a Cuban cigar to boot. And for those suckers that buy into this media perpetrated notion that Americans are boorish brutes culturally speaking, I was one of the few vistors who could speak spanish compared to the English, German, Scandavian holiday travelers and tipped better from what all my Spanish bros were telling me. Great list Matt!

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    Matt goldstein Reply:

    I was never a fan of Spanish wines but I dont think I ever had the right bottle. I am definitely grabbing a bottle of the Crianza next time I am at the liqour store. 100%.

    Why do we still have a Cuban embargo? I want my damn cigars.

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