Sunday, October 19, 2008

Cheap Wines BIG Tastes

Red Wine Favorites Under $ 20
Sharing a good bottle of wine costs less than going to the movies with a friend.
The Big Six Reds

• Reynolds Shiraz, Australia
• Casa Lapostolle Classic Cabernet Sauvignon, Chile
• Los Vascos Cabernet Sauvignon, Chile
• Beringer Founders' Estate Pinot Noir, California
• Columbia Crest Cabernet Sauvignon, Washington
• Martinez, Faustino Rioja Crianza, Spain
• La Vieille Ferme Côtes du Ventoux, France
• Gallo of Sonoma Merlot, California
• Santa Rita 120 Cabernet Sauvignon,

Try some of these Zins for $20 and under:
• Cline Cellars' California • Seghesio Sonoma
• Rosenblum Vintners Cuvée
• Buena Vista CoastalSyrah or Shiraz This intense full-bodied wine is both savory and sweet. Its signature scent is pepper.

Some suitable Syrah or Shiraz for $20 and under are:
• Rosemount Diamond Label Shiraz, Australia
• Rosemount F-S-M (Grenache-Shiraz-Mourvedre), Australia
• La Vieille Ferme Côtes du Ventoux, FranceFall Creek Chenin Blanc 2003 (non-vintage), $10, is from Texas.

White Wine Selections Under $20
White wines lighten up the dinner or appetizer table. Whether you're going with a fruity or nutty flavor,
• Penfolds Semillon/Chardonnay, Australia
• Robert Mondavi Private Selection Chardonnay, California
• Hogue Fumé Blanc, Washington
• Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling, Washington
• Fetzer Echo Ridge Riesling, California
• Buena Vista Sauvignon Blanc California
• Kenwood Sauvignon Blanc, California
• Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Riesling, California
• Gallo of Sonoma Chardonnay, CaliforniaPinot Grigio

Italian Pinot Grigios are the perfect lunch wines, crisp, refreshing and not too heavy. The U.S. versions have more fruit and are a great aperitif at cocktail hour because they are delicious without food.

Some delicious Pinot Grigio for $20 and under are:
• Robert Mondavi Woodbridge Pinot Grigio, California
• Alois Lageder Pinot Grigio, Italy
• Cavit Pinot Grigio, Italy
• Trimbach Pinot Gris, FranceOther Popular White Wines Under $15
• Pepperwood Grove Viognier, California
• Fetzer Echo Ridge Gewurztraminer, California
• Columbia Crest Semillon/Chardonnay, Washington

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