I don’t know about you, but I enjoy drinking red wine all year long. On a cool spring night nothing is better than a nice full bodied red (preferably with a side of dark chocolate cake). On a hot spring or summer day, a lighter bodied red paired with some light picnic fare makes for a perfect Sunday afternoon. Whether you’re seeking a light bodied, fruit forward red, or a full bodied, oak driven red wine, you’ll find one below that fits your style and your budget from $10-25.00.
2013 Woodwork Cabernet Sauvignon: This full bodied red has striking notes of blackberry and cherry. The oak influence gives this wine notes of chocolate and vanilla that follow through to the palate. Enjoy this wine paired with bbq chicken wings or bucatini (pasta) with mushrooms and bacon. $14.99.
2013 Forever Young Reserva Malbec: 100% Malbec with a nose of black currants, and a deep violet color. On the palate this wine is smooth and fruity with balanced tannins and a long finish. Enjoy this wine with pulled pork sliders, duck, or vegetable risotto. $12.99
2015 Be Bordô Cabernet Sauvignon: A blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot, this wine is Left Bank (Bordeaux) inspired. A medium bodied wine with intense, deep red and purple fruit flavors with hint of spiciness that goes great with lamb and moroccan spiced cauliflower steaks. $11.99.
2008 Sant’ Arturo Chianti Riserva: This wine is from a small producer located in Tuscany. Deep ruby red, fruit forward aromas, and full bodied, smooth, mouthfeel. Flavors of blueberry and cherry with tannins that are well-integrated make this wine incredibly drink-able any night of the week. $12.99.
2010 Sant’ Arturo Pinot Noir: This pinot noir is a luscious red that reaches a fine balance between a soft, complex and bold in taste. Notes of blackberry and currant fill the glass, while on the palate the structure is delicate and fresh. This wine is excellent with grilled salmon, chicken, lamb and Japanese dishes. $12.99.
2011 Etesian Pinot Noir: This Sonoma County 100% Pinot Noir is aged in French oak for eight months and is full of ripe cherry, cinnamon, raspberry, and smoke. On the palate this wine is lighter and earthier, and tastes more like an old world style wine than a California style wine. This wine is smooth with cherry, plum, oak, and mild tannins. ~$12-15.
2014 Kim Crawford Pinot Noir: This wine is from the cool vineyards of New Zealand’s South Island. A pinot noir that is bright and full of dark cherry, strawberry, and some oak. Silky tannins make this new world wine a fun one to sip on it’s own or with grilled meats and vegetables! $17.99
2013 Grey Cabernet Sauvignon: This Viña Ventisquero release is from the Maipo Valley of Chile. 2013 was the coolest growing season in decades, so the grapes ripened slowly producing outstanding quality wines! $20.00.
2011 Galil Mountain Alon: A wine from the Upper Galilee Mountain Range of Galil Mountain Winery, Israel. 59% Cabernet, 27% Syrah, 7% Petit Verdot, 7% Cabernet Franc. Full bodied with notes of prune, blackberry, sweet baking spice, and a long smooth finish. $22.00.
2014 Septima Obra Malbec: 100% Malbec from the region of Luán de Cuyo, in Argentina. This 2014 has a nose full of ripe berry and plum jam with lingering notes of vanilla and chocolate. This wine is well balanced and persistent with noticeable oak notes that smooth out into a nice long finish. Pair this wine with a Caramelized Chocolate Fig Tart. $24.99
Remember: It’s all about what you enjoy to drink and who you’re drinking with… please pair responsibly!