Oh, wine. How you've become ever woven into our life. Below are some of the bottles that are etched into my memory and the first I'll reach for when I see them on the shelf. I hope you like them as much as we do.
Anyone who follows me through Copy Uncorked knows I love this one—it's full-bodied with notes of dark berry, chocolate, vanilla, and spice and I just love it. The minimalist label helps, too.
If there isn't B&B on the shelf and I need a crowd-pleaser, I grab this one. Similar in flavor profile, it's full-bodied, with notes of black-cherry and dark-chocolate. Great taste, smooth texture.
A Paso Robles pick, this is our our other quick-grab for a Friday night—and I have my Dad to think for this recommendation. With cherry & plum, strawberry & spice, you can't go wrong.
A classic Napa Cabernet at a great price, this was one of Connor and I's favorites while dating. We still order it whenever we see it on the menu. Plus, I think the bottle looks more $$ than it is.
I first had this at a my brother-in-law's family Christmas party and I've looked for it ever since. Light but full-bodied enough for a Cab drinker, it's got flavors of red fruit, oak, and earth.
Okay, so an $80 bottle definitely isn't in typical rotation for us, but we did have this at the vineyard in Napa and if money wasn't an object and I could pick any wine to drink, it would be this one.
I'm not typically a big Chardonnay lover, but this is a find by my sister & mom that's light, smooth, and fruity enough to please almost any palette. Grab some when you don't know what white to buy.
Also a favorite of my mom's (who's a big Chardonnay drinker) this is a classic California white for those who like an oaky + buttery (but not too buttery) flavor profile.
Like a buttery pick? This is one of the butteriest - but in like a creme brûlée and almond cake kind of way. It's a bit more indulgent but delicious either way. We typically find it in stock at Total Wine.
A grape that you see featured at most vineyards in Virginia is Viognier. After going to college within miles of handfuls of wineries, ones like this became a favorite for sipping on a sunny Saturday.
Since I don't like my white wines too sweet, I love the clean-crafted wine picks of Scout & Cellar like this one. Need a rep? Search for Allyson Cheney or Brandi James & Hope Breckenridge.
Rated 90 Points by Wine Advocate, this New Zealand white has been described as medium-bodied & elegant. Not too grassy but still those mineral notes that make it an easy drinking favorite.
Okay, so this one is hard to catch in stock but keep an eye out for it on Winc's social media channels because it has become a cult favorite that lives up to all the hype.
Another Virginia winner that takes me back to wine tasting days in Charlottesville, sitting on the grass with the warm sun in your face. Darker in pigment, it's flavorful & refreshing.
Lightly pigmented and just about universally loved by rosé drinkers, this true French pink feels like a treat. If you like citrus and fruity notes without being too sweet, pick this one up.
I love how a lot of rosés come in such beautiful bottles and this one is no different. With fruity strawberry aromas, yet unexpected spice, this may even convert non-rosé drinkers.
Made by Jon Bon Jovi & his son, this fun-looking bottle with grapes from the South of France has received rave reviews. Admittedly, I haven't tried it, but it's on my list for this summer.
My friend Ronda is the Sommelier behind The Wine Party Co. where she curates a Rosé Lovers Pack as part of their Wine Club. Definitely worth checking out.
Everyone knows this iconic bottle of bubbly by its bright orange label. We got to tour the cellar in Champagne, France which easily made it a trip of a lifetime & a top choice for a celebratory bottle.
Rated 90 Points by Wine Spectator, this Napa sparkler is a great $20 choice whenever you need a safe bet. We had the best day at the Mumm Napa winery so this always brings a smile to my face.
Made using the traditional Champagne method, this is a bubbly rosé from Burgundy France made with Pinot Noir grapes. For $20 and a 91 Point rating from Beverage Dynamics, give it a sip.
Wasn't sure which section to put this one in, but it's a winner either way. It also comes in a white sparkling version but I'm not seeing it in stock. Find a Scout & Cellar rep and try this one!
Basically the only bottle we'll buy when we're pouring mimosas for a crowd or making Aperol Spritzes. At like $5-6, it has plenty of effervesence and makes the perfect base for whatever you add.
A close girlfriend from my Baltimore days intro'd me to this Spanish bubbly. It's a great budget pick whether you're sipping straight or adding OJ. And I mean, it almost looks like Veuve...