Off the Vine: Toast taxes with these wines

April 10, 2013 

"Let me tell you how it will be

There's one for you, nineteen for me

'Cause I'm the taxman, yeah, I'm the taxman"

So goes the 1966 Beatles tune -- and those words still ring true today.

With the April 15 tax deadline lurking around the corner, it can be a daunting task to determine whether it is affordable to have a bottle of wine with your rice and beans after filing your tax return. But, don't fret about it too much because we should all have at least a few dollars left over after making our annual payment to Uncle Sam. Fortunately, Lawer Family Wines produces a Chardonnay that is appropriately titled "Three Coins."

Although the Three Coins Wines are a tribute to the men and women who panned for and/or mined gold in days long ago, the name of this label makes for good tax day fodder especially when you consider that this wine will pair well with just about any of the local fish that can be freely caught from our waters.

Chardonnay generally contains traditional fruit flavors such as peach, pear, apples and lemon as well as tropical fruits. This varietal makes wines that are crisp, and depending on the winemaking style, can have characteristics of butter, vanilla, oak and will often taste somewhat creamy. The 2011 Lawer Family Three Coins Chardonnay is produced with grapes from California's Russian River Valley and this wine will not disappoint those who enjoy the above flavors in this varietal.

One common mistake that people make in filing their federal taxes

is overlooking some deductions that may save them some tax dollars -- but Landmark Vineyards produces a Chardonnay that you can't "Overlook" because that's the name on the label. The 2011 Overlook Chardonnay is also from the Russian River Valley and this creamy wine has hints of honeysuckle and warm toast. Pair this Chardonnay with an oven-roasted chicken for a delightful meal.

Tax Day 2013 will be gone before you know it, but these Chardonnays will be around for quite a while for your enjoyment. So come April 16, you can forget about taxes for another year but there is no need to forget about your favorite wine.

Jim Rawe, a family attorney in Bradenton, is an avid collector of fine wines. His column appears weekly. He can be reached at

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