ShareThis Page

Sip a glass of these deeply discounted Chairman's Selections reds, whites

Dave DeSimone
| Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, 9:00 p.m.
The PLCB Chairman’s Selections offers terrific values on both white and red wines.
Dave DeSimone
The PLCB Chairman’s Selections offers terrific values on both white and red wines.
The PLCB Chairman’s Selections offers terrific values on both white and red wines.
Dave DeSimone
The PLCB Chairman’s Selections offers terrific values on both white and red wines.

Last month when the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board raised prices on 422 wine and spirits selections, critics protested loudly and quickly.

Note to wine drinkers: Don't panic! It never is fun to pay an extra buck on your favorite bottle, but Pennsylvania wine consumers still enjoy a distinct advantage. The PLCB's Chairman's Selections offers terrific opportunities to save big on plenty of well-made wines perfect for September grilling and every night dinners.

It works because the PLCB capitalizes on its capacity to make extremely large wholesale purchases. Wine producers offer large discounts sometimes reaching 60 percent to entice the PLCB to buy entire lots of remaining inventories. Pennsylvania consumers reap the benefits with steeply discounted Chairman's Selection retail prices.

The program's diverse wines come from just about every producing region. Quantities vary, so jump on the deals when you find them at PLCB Premium Collection stores and select regular shops.

My top picks from current Chairman's Selections include:

White wines

2015 François Lurton, “Melody” Côtes de Gascogne, France: (Luxury 78417; Chairman's Selection On sale: $11.99): Made from fruit grown in South West France, this unoaked, fresh white blend Gros Manseng grapes for round, fruity pineapple and mango flavors with Sauvignon Blanc for crisp grapefruit and quince flavors. It all comes together in a fruity, yet delicious, dry finish. Highly recommended.

2015 Lagar del Rey, Rueda “Verdejo,” Spain (Luxury 78402; Chairman's Selection On sale: $13.99): This classy Spanish white made exclusively from Verdejo grapes delivers a light golden color with light herbal aromas and followed by ripe peaches. Ripe peach and citrus flavor balance with zesty acidity and a subtle touch of oak. The wine finishes fruity and dry. Recommended.

Red wines

2013 Shannon Ridge, Zinfandel “High Elevation Collection,” Lake County, Calif. (Luxury 78206; Chairman's Selection On sale: $10.99): This tasty red deftly avoids heavy body and high alcohol. Instead, spicy red and black fruit aromas and a hint oak lead to juicy red fruit flavors with soft tannins. The well-integrated oak adds dusty, toasty notes. Recommended.

2014 Domaine des Verrières, Languedoc Rouge, France (Luxury 78653; Chairman's Selection On sale: $11.99): As a classic French Mediterranean blend of Syrah, Cariginan and Grenache, the wine delivers exuberant red fruit. floral and black pepper aromas leading to juicy, easy drinking red fruit flavors. Just enough freshness and soft tannins frame a delicious red fruit finish. Highly recommended.

Dave DeSimone writes about wine for the Tribune-Review. Reach him at tribliving@tribweb.com.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.