I know all about the Findlay Market dash—that full-on aerobic supply-gathering that has one fighting the crowd upstream, weighed down with heavy canvas bags of cured meats, Mediterranean condiments, fresh pasta, a whole chicken or two, and various fruits and vegetables, with the single-minded intention of getting back to Colonel D’s just because you’re running low on Herbs de Provence. Herbs finally secured, it’s tempting to find the car and collapse. Instead of rushing off, drop the supplies in the trunk and head back in to Market Wines to stock up on some of these affordable food-friendly beverages ideally suited to outdoor entertaining.
La Posta Cocina Tinto Mendoza, Argentina $12.99
This blend of Malbec and Syrah has a medium body and a nice acidity with plum and chocolate flavors on the finish. While it’s good for drinking on its own, it’s a lovely wine with food. Charcuterie, anyone?
Mas Donis Barrica, Montsant, Spain $12.99
If you’ve developed a taste for wines from Spain’s Priorat region but your wallet’s still trying to keep up, this wine is your new BFF. Predominantly Grenache with some Syrah, hints of cherry and white pepper stand out in this balanced and not-overly-oaked blend. Perfect with pork loin.
Finca Os Cobatos, Monterrei, Spain $12.99
Made from 100 percent Godello grape, this is a good alternative to all that Chardonnay you quaff out on the deck. While the wine is un-oaked, it still has a rich mouth feel with lush notes of star fruit and anise. This is the sure-shot pairing for grilled cedar-plank salmon.
Market Wines, 128 W. Elder St., Over-the-Rhine, (513) 744-9888, market-wines.com