Select a lighter and a heavier white wine to refrigerate. Here are some whites in order of weight.
Trimbach Pinot Blanc, Alsace ($12) - round, well balanced, dry
Iron Horse Sonoma Viognier ($19) - delicate, floral, peachy
Long Napa Sauvignon Blanc ($20) - fresh, herbal, silky
Meridian Santa Barbara Chardonnay ($9) - fruity and lush
Grgich Hills Napa Chardonnay ($37) - big and sophisticated
Have a few red wines that vary from "drink anytime" to "special occasion." These are classically styled and good values.
Chateau des Jacques Moulin-a-Vent ($21) - very fine Beaujolais, fresh, cherry
Guigal Cotes du Rhone ($11) - flavorful, hearty, nuance of black pepper
Rosemount Shiraz, Australia ($11) - deep, delicious berry and spice
Geyser Peak Sonoma Merlot ($16) - succulent, dry but fruity
Ruffino Chianti Classico Riserva Ducale ($20) - classic, full, spicy plum fruit
Chateau Souverain Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon ($20) - velvety texture, cassis -
If you are ready to begin a serious wine collection, first ex-
periment to see what you like, because the investment will
be considerable over the years.
Remember that red wines age better than whites, except for the highest quality whites, such as great white Burgundies, Ger-many's finest Rieslings, Sauternes, and great champagnes. With any wine, the better the vintage and quality, the longer you can keep the wine. Don't forget to stock a few everyday wines. Here are some suggestions that have a record of consistent quality, an ability to age well, and probability of increased value. Note: The following are dependable and consistent brands, not specific wines. Values are determined by specific vineyards and vintages, as well as the age of the wine.