Given Gut Check's
never-ending quest for obsession with great wine values, we figured it'd be a good idea to check in from time to time with local merchants. They pick a wine they consider to be an excellent values, and we get our drank on and talk about it. The goal is to identify wines that 1) offer bang for buck, and 2) we can actually afford to purchase.
Location: The Wine & Cheese Place (7435 Forsyth Blvd, Clayton; 314-727-8788)
image via This is where they make the wine. There's a drawing on the bottle, but the picture's purtier.
Hours: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Sat.
Expert: Aaron Zwicker, wine buyer
Wine: 2007 Commanderie de la Bargemone Coteaux d'Aix en Provence rouge
Price: $10 (sale price)
Aaron Zwicker paced the aisles of the Wine & Cheese Place for quite some time before pulling a 2007 Commanderie de la Bargemone off the rack.
"Dan Kravitz at Hand Picked Selections is recognized as a leader in value-priced wines, and the Commanderie has been one of our staples at the store for as long as we've worked with Dan," Zwicker says by way of introduction. "He knows all the producers he works with and brings to the States some really great value wines."