Every week or so in ‘What to B When You BYOB’ we ask a local wine shop to recommend a few good wines under $20 to pair with the food at a nearby BYOB restaurant.
This week, we talk to the folks at Harlem Vintage about what to bring to nearby Jamaican joint Under D Tree. Harlem Vintage organizes its wine by varietal as opposed to by region, in order to help demystify the wine selection process.
Domaine des 2 Anes 2008, Corbieres Rose, France ($13.99)
“This is a great rose…. crisp but spicy and lively. It’s a refreshing option to enjoy with spicy food like Jamaican,” says Meg, a salesperson.
Bodegas Riojanas Vina Albina 2007, Rioja, Spain ($13.99)
“Sometimes, with spicy food, it’s best to go a little off-dry. This semi-dolce is made in the traditional Rioja (barrel-fermented) style. It has nice acidity and a bit of honey.”
Sobon Estate 2007 Zinfandel, Shenandoah Valley, California, USA ($10.99)
“For a red, I would go with a lot of fruit, something juicy that you can serve a bit cool. The Sobon is organic and fresh, your typical Californian Zin.”
Monpertuis Cepage Counoise 2006, Languedoc-Roussillon, France ($11.99)
“This wine is unusual because the grape is not usually bottled on its own. It’s usually part of the Chateauneuf-du-Pape blend. By itself, it’s just a nice, easy country French wine.”