Good things happen when people gather together around a dinner table - and recent news has given us an awful lot to chew on.
Race has been front and center in the headlines recently. Businesses distanced themselves from celebrity chef Paula Deen after she admitted to using racially charged language. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on affirmative action and gutted the Voting Rights Act with the admonition to Congress that "things in the South have changed." The Senate passed historic immigration legislation. And the testimony of Rachel Jeantel in the George Zimmerman trial was filled with controversy.
Eatocracy's managing editor Kat Kinsman and Alicia Stewart, who covers issues of identity for CNN, invited a few expert guests to offer insight into some controversy that has arisen around issues of race, identity, food and redemption, and invited commenters to weigh in.
Ray Isle (@islewine on Twitter) is Food & Wine's executive wine editor. We trust his every cork pop and decant – and the man can sniff out a bargain to boot. Take it away, Ray.
I’m a big fan of house wines. Not so much the random red (or white) glugged into a liter carafe and smacked down on the table in front of you for $10; instead, I mean having a dozen or so bottles of a wine you really like always at hand in your house.
There are various reasons why this is a good idea. Buying by the case, first off, almost always gets you a 10 to 15% discount (from wine shops; supermarkets not so often).
Second, having a house wine lowers your stress - not because you’re constantly buzzed, but because you don’t have to regularly stand there in front of hundreds of wines in a store, trying to figure out what the best deal is or what you might actually want to drink.
Lastly, there’s something comforting about not having to look for novelty around every corner. Eventually, your house wine might even become something you really look forward to coming home to, sort of like a spouse, except that it lives in a bottle (unless, of course, you have married a genie; one never knows).
Here are five great, affordable wines that would be excellent choices.
Nathan Berrong works at CNN's satellite desk and writes Eatocracy's beer column, "Berrong on Beer." He Tweets at @nathanberrong and logs beers at Untappd.
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