Sparkling wines are perfect for the holidays. Here are two good choices: a true Champagne in “noveau” style and bubby from northern Italy.
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Alamos Malbec is a truly interesting wine that, based on its concentration and forceful flavor profile, is an excellent alternative to more traditional cabernets and merlots normally found in the area.
This impressive and overachieving pinot from several Central Coast appellations is elegant and perfect for the big Thanksgiving dinner.
The 2012 vintage of Campo Viejo Tempranillo is a great value and excels right out of the bottle.
Penfolds Bin 8 Cabernet-Shiraz is an overachieving wine that transcends its pricing category.
This oddly named (it’s named after an Australian plow) Cabernet Sauvignon is rich, opulent and full-bodied. It’s perfect with a grilled steak.
This wine from the tiny Saint-Chinian appellation is a distinctly southern French blend that comes out ripe and delicious.
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.