When it comes to my favorite value wines to bring to a party, I find myself coming back again and again to the MAN Vintners Chenin Blanc and the Tres Picos Garnacha from Borsao. From South Africa, the MAN Vintners Chenin Blanc has surprising richness for being so humble in price. It’s a taste of how well Chenin Blanc does in South Africa, arguably second only to France’s Loire Valley. And it gives you the opportunity to make extremely corny comments like, “It just got easier to find a good MAN.” (Guilty.) Comes sealed with a screw cap, which is always a plus at a party.
The Tres Picos, from Spain, is 100% Grenache (which the Spanish call “Garnacha”). It reminds me of a pumped-up, supercharged Cotes du Rhone. Plenty of rich, juicy fruit but enough depth and interest to keep it from being one-dimensional. Though, unlike the MAN, you will need to rustle up a corkscrew prior to enjoying.
The MAN Vintners Chenin Blanc is great with salads, seafood, and tofu tacos.
I like my Tres Picos with a classic burger.
What are your favorite value wines to bring to a party?