It’s red wine season! If you’re like me, you tend to gravitate towards red wine this time of year. Nothing is more comforting than coming home after work and opening a nice red wine, curled up under a blanket, with your favorite show on. Whether you’re seeking some new red wines to try with your holiday feasts, or simply want some new wines to sip, this list has my top five favorite red wines I have tried recently!
2015 Tapiz Cabernet Sauvignon: Patricia Ortiz is the founder of Tapiz winery. She is an incredible female entrepreneur of three sustainable Argentine wineries (Tapiz, Zolo, and Wapisa in Patagonia). Tapiz wines are made in partnership with former Petrus winemaker Jean Claude Berrouet, and the prices are unbeatable! This wine is under $20, it’s full-bodied with silky tannins, and a delicious finish. This wine makes for a great bottle on a weeknight, or at your Thanksgiving Table. $18.99
2015 Concannon Cabernet Sauvignon: Concannon remains as a go-to red wine producer for me, especially when I am looking for something fantastic at a great price, from one of America’s oldest wineries. This Cabernet is $20 and expresses rich notes of currants and blackberries. On the palate, it’s smooth with nice vanilla and spice notes, that lead to a lingering finish. $20
2015 Gaja Sito Moresco: A blend of Nebbiolo, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc. This wine is attractive, complex, and boasts sweet fruit with nice herbaceous undertones. It’s smooth and balanced with nice tannins and structure. Overall this wine makes a great gift to give to your favorite host or hostess this holiday season! $59
2016 Cooper & Thief Red Wine Blend: This wine is not like others, it’s aged 3 months in bourbon barrels and is dark and jammy. This wine is smooth and fruity, expressing a lot of cooked fruit aromas and flavors. It’s a big wine, so be prepared, but it’s also delicious and great for get-togethers with friends! $20
2013 Beronia Reserva, Rioja: This is great wine from Spain that you enjoy. This wine is 100% Tempranillo and has an attractive nose of red fruit, chocolate, and cherries. This wine is ideal with red meats but will also work with your Thanksgiving feast! $19.99
Spoken Barrel Meritage: This wine is rich and complex, produced in Washington State. The Columbia Valley grows exceptional grapes, and Spoken Barrel is a great expression of what they do there. The bottle is sleek with no paper label, and each bottle decorated with the number 42, to represent the brand’s roots in the heart of Washington, the 42nd state. Blends are fun to break out when you have a lot of wine drinkers with different tastes, and this one is perfect for the holiday season! $19.99
Happy holidays! Always remember, eat what you like and drink what you love… please pair responsibly!