Tag Archives: Under $10

Vino dei Fratelli Nero d’Avola, 2011, Sicily, Italy

14 Jan

DSC03195Nero d’Avola is a grape indigenous to Sicily, where the warm, dry climate contributes to the ripe, dense fruit flavors characteristic of the variety. Fratelli’s is luscious and explosive with ripe red plum and blueberry, full-bodied and mouth-filling across the palate. This is great cocktail wine, easy on the tannins, but it’s also a good match for grilled meats and aged cheeses. $10

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MAN Family Wines “Bosstok” Pinotage, 2011, Coastal Region, South Africa

14 Jan

DSC03194Unique to South Africa, Pinotage is a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault, which was once known locally as “Hermitage.” (Hence “Pinotage”—say: PEE-no-tazh). This wine shows aromas of mocha and roasted coffee beans followed by juicy flavors of red raspberries, nutmeg and vanilla spice on the palate. Try it with smoked pork shoulder and rich, sticky barbecue sauce. $8

Mas Caranove Montpeyroux, 2010, Languedoc, France

14 Jan

DSC03192The warm Mediterranean climate of France’s Languedoc region makes it perfect for producing intense, richly concentrated red wines. Mas Caranove is equal parts Mourvèdre, Syrah, and Cinsault—a classic blend in southern France. Expressive, complex aromas of dark berry and spice carry through to the robust, deeply fruited palate. Great wine for winter barbecues. $8

RESSò Garnacha “Old Vines,” 2012, Catalunya, Spain

12 Jan

DSC03178“Ressò” is Catalan for “echo,” and this old-vine Garnacha is so-named for its representation of the terroir and climate of Spain’s Mediterranean coast. Complex, floral nose loaded with red fruit. Candied strawberries and black raspberry flavors are augmented by licorice, mineral and peppery notes. Try this beauty with hard Spanish chorizo and aged Manchego cheese. $8

MAN Family Wines Chenin Blanc, 2012, South Africa

5 Nov

DSC03013The most widely-planted wine grape in South Africa, Chenin Blanc was known locally as “Steen” until DNA testing confirmed its Loire Valley parentage. MAN’s shows vibrant aromas of quince and baked apple. On the palate, stone fruit and bold citrus flavors are backed by refreshing acidity and minerality on the finish. Try this great value wine with spicy Asian or Latin flavors. $8

Esteban Martín Blanco (Chardonnay), 2012, Cariñena, Spain

13 Aug

DSCN1762-001This Chardonnay from Spain’s Cariñena region is golden-hued, with fresh aromas of bright citrus and apple. The palate is classic Chardonnay, with rich flavors of tropical fruit, green apple, and floral notes. The finish lingers, with brilliant acidity that would make this wine a beautiful choice to accompany smoked mussels and chorizo. $8

Vino Della Casa Red Blend, 2012, Abruzzo, Italy

13 Aug

DSCN1771-001“Vino della casa” translates from the Italian as “wine of the house,” or “house wine.” You’ll want to make this lively little red number your house pour when you taste how approachable and enjoyable it is. A blend of 60% Sangiovese and 40% Montepulciano from Abruzzo, Italy, it shows ripe red fruit on the nose and palate, with length on the finish. Sure to elevate any pizza night! $10