This wine from the tiny Saint-Chinian appellation is a distinctly southern French blend that comes out ripe and delicious.
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Finca El Encinal wine is a deep garnet-red color with an opaque core going out into a fine light garnet-red to glass-clear meniscus, also commonly called rim definition, with medium-high viscosity.
You can celebrate the 20th anniversary of the rediscovery of Bordeaux’s lost varietal Carmenere in Chile with this impressive wine. The lovely MontGras Reserva Carmenere is a good value.
Attractively packaged, Menage a Trois Midnight Dark Red Blend appears to be the daily drinking wine from this winery, yet it certainly can hold its own against some much pricier competition.
I can think of nothing more appropriate for Halloween and shortly thereafter, the Day of the Dead, than Wicked Red wine from Hob Nob Vineyards. Pair it with something meaty and bloody.
Ruffino, although not one of the oldest in Tuscany, upholds the traditional methods of winemaking, while at the same time innovating and putting out tremendous lines of wine under its immense umbrella.
Dona Paula Los Cardos Malbec 2013 shows off the best characteristics of this classic Argentinian grape varietal.
This crisp white wine from Southern Italy is a bone-dry mouthful with very different characteristics than Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc. Even those production is limited, it’s less than $5 a bottle.
It has been a while since the last Washington wine was reviewed here, but don’t take that to be an indication that there’s a quality problem with the wines coming from the many exciting appellations in that state.
Grifone wine is a dark crimson-purplish red color with a dense opaque core going out into a fine light-violet rim definition with medium viscosity.
This Chilean wine is a low-priced offering that offers big bang for the bucks — in this case, $4.99 a bottle at Trader Joe’s.
This wine shows exactly what pinotage is all about with rustic black fruits, again tons of smoked meat such as beef jerky, bacon, andouille sausage and saucy fruit extract with hints of smoky oak and minerality.
This Tuella provides ample summer drinking pleasure with burgers on the grill.
Despite the silly name, this Shiraz from Argentina is a tremendous wine and incredible value at under $4 per bottle. This complete overachiever is worth the time and effort of going to the store for it.
Now that it’s getting serious with the summer heat, we need to drink good, fresh and steely wines that “speak” to our palates as well as our wallets. I found just such a wine in the unlikeliest of places.
This is an interesting and unusual blend of northern Italian indigenous varieties (Teroldego and Lagrein) with classic Merlot. The result is a stunner of a wine that has tremendous staying power both in the glass and on the palate.
This Spanish wine has supple fruit and comes from very old dry-farmed vines, which is what gives it concentration and backbone
I’m going to come right out and say it: This is the wine to celebrate Independence Day with.
This is a seriously full-bodied wine comes in a chubby bottle with a colorful label full of circus elephants. Don’t be fooled: It’s a great effort from the savvy team at Michael David Vineyards.
Tacora, named for a famous Chilean volcano, is one of the smaller production wines available in the market here from Chile, unlike massive brands such as Concha y Toro and Montes, and fortunately so for us.
Capezzana is one of the oldest wine-producing estates in Tuscany, dating back to 804 when production of wine was first recorded at this estate; that is to say, they are celebrating 1,210 years in the industry this year.
This classic blend of merlot and cabernet sauvignon comes from a great vintage in Bordeaux, which usually demands high prices. This less expensive bottling still holds up to serious scrutiny.
Francois Lurton is the man behind the attractive brand of everyday muscular wines and he is someone who knows how to craft wines people really love to drink.
Looking for a wine to hold up to grilled meats? This big, bold blend is perfect for the barbecue season.
This wine is fairly mature for its relative youth, being from the 2008 vintage. I think that sangiovese-based wines will always be a little more rustic in character, but that makes them charming in their drinkability and distinctively Italian.