John Szabo’s VINTAGES Preview – Jan 5, 2019

John Szabo’s Vintage’s Preview January 5th: Smart Buys under $17

By John Szabo, MS, with notes from Michael Godel and Sara d’Amato

John Szabo, MS

John Szabo, MS

The first release of the year brings around the traditional “smart buys” theme at Vintages, which is our specialty at WineAlign. We’ve picked a top twelve list for you this week from the January 5th release, all $16.95 or less, with lots of alignment. It’s an unusually broad range of wines, covering nine countries and wildly varying styles from bold and ripe new world reds to lean and stony old world whites – truly a colourful palate. And if you still haven’t stocked up on bubbles for New Year’s Eve, you still have the weekend to track down some bottles from my annual Fizz Report. From Cava to Crémant, Prosecco to Pet Nat, and of course champagne and other traditional method wines of multiple nationalities, we’ve got you covered.

January 5th Buyer’s Guide: White

Rabl Langenlois Grüner Veltliner 2017, DAC Kamptal, Austria ($16.95)
John Szabo – A clean and varietally accurate grüner, mixing white pepper, citrus fruit and celery root flavours in the classic unoaked style. Sharp-crunchy acids and a fine green apple-tinged finish ride on a light-medium bodied frame. A fresh, easy-drinking wine for current enjoyment all in all.…


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That’s all for this report. See you around the next bottle.

John Szabo, MS

Use these quick links for access to all of our Top Picks in the New Release. Non-Premium members can select from all release dates 30 days prior.

Szabo’s Smart Buys
Michael’s Mix
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