Tampa Bay’s Easy To Find Wines
Some of these wines are my “go to” wines and others are new discoveries. All are available at most well stocked grocers or wine stores around Tampa Bay. Keep a nice selection on hand for impromptu summer gatherings.
If you are confident you have some good wines on hand, the impromptu becomes a more regular event. Take the good juice to a friend’s house and see if you get invited more often!
VILLA MARIA – $15 – $16
Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough Private Bin 2011 – good with seafood.
This is a new addition to my list that will help you cool down as the weather warms up. Serve chilled.
KIM CRAWFORD – $13.99 – $18
Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2011 – every vintage is good, serve very cold.
My go-to Sauvignon Blanc. Always highly rated and crowd pleasing. Keep an extra bottle in the fridge or wine cooler.
CHALONE – $23.99 – $25
Chardonnay Chalone 2008 – sip with appetizers or roasted chicken.
The hint of oak does not overpower the melon and citrus notes. At a dinner party you will often drink white wines before reds wines with dinner. Start with the really good stuff , Chalone, while your guest’s palate is fresh. Later in the night they won’t care what they are drinking. The 2009 is good, too.
BOGLE – $11 – $12
Petite Sirah California 2008 – Great value red wine.
Noted as a Best Value by one of the fancy wine magazines. I discovered this at Moon Under Water in St. Pete. Petite’s are not petite. They are big and flavorful.
Seghesio – $22.99 – $24
Zinfandel Sonoma County 2010 – great with grilled meat and BBQ.
My favorite Seghesio memory: The day after Thanksgiving my brothers and I carried the pre-set dining room table out through double doors to the back porch so our family could enjoy the beautiful weather and some family style BBQ. We had a Seghesio Zin with that evening.
To read Chef Jeff’s restaurant review of St. Petersburg’s Z-Grille click HERE.
Here is a list of some Tampa Bay stores that carry these wines:
Most Sweetbay and Publix supermarkets
1002 S Howard Ave. Tampa, FL 33606
915 Lithia Pinecrest Rd, Brandon, FL 33511