I need the help of chowhounds. I have been living in France for the past 4 years, and have become addicted to good, relatively inexpensive (under E35) French wine. I probably imbibe about 4 bottles a week. Having turned 21 while in France (left the US at 18), I never got used to American wines (even though I grew up in Sonoma County). Now I will be graduating in May and returning to the US. French wine is a bit expensive in the US and I believe being on a beginners salary, I will probably only afford to buy it every couple of weeks. I find that I have no idea what constitutes a good American Wine. So
What are good American wines, for about $25 a bottle?
As a reference for what I consider Good Wines:
- Reds: I tend to drink red wine at least 90 percent of the time. My fav is Bordeaux. Especially Haut-Medoc, Saint Emilion, and St. Estephe. Basically the fuller the body, the better. Lately, Ive been buying 98 Haut-Medoc and loving it.
- Whites: I am not a big fan of white wine. If I get white wine, I order Chablis or Sancerre.
Please help me keep my wine addiction in play.
I would also be interested Australian wines, if they fit the bill.