Advice for hard times from Michael Bittel of Sunset Corners Fine Wine & Spirits: “In a highly competitive wine market, with the dollar continuing to sink against the Euro, Spain continues to offer the biggest bang for the buck when compared to all of the world's great wine regions. At the bargain level there are literally hundreds of great values priced at $20 or less.
“In the $20 to $35 dollar range, Spain blows the competition away. Add to the mix that the last three years of 2004, 2005 and 2006 vintages are all good to excellent in quality and the consumer has the perfect storm of great wines, great values and immediate satisfaction.”
Michael is holding a free tasting of six Spanish wines from noon to 4 p.m. on Sat., May 17, at his shop at 8701 Sunset Drive, Miami. But even if you can’t make it, he says you can come to the shop and buy the wine or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org and he’ll hold it for you. Phone is 305-271-8492.
The wines: 2006 Martin Codax Albariño, Rias Baixas, $12; 2005 Bodegas Alto Almanzora Este, Valle del Almanzora, $11; 2005 Bodegas Castano Solanera Vinas Viejas, Yecla, $16; 2005 La Cova del Vins Ombra, Montsant, $18; 2004 Celler de Cantonella Cervoles Tinto, Costers del Segre, $30; 2005 Mas Doix Salanques, Priorato, reg. $45, sale price $36.