Paxis 2016 Red Blend $9.99
Given 90 points and a “Best Buy” rating from the Wine Enthusiast never hurts but we’ve been hot on this wine for two years now. Drier than the typical California red blend while still being rich and layered. One of these will always be on your wine rack!
Les Dauphins Cotes du Rhone 2018 $10.99
One of the best red wines in the building for under $10. Raspberry and Strawberry flavors jump off the palate while a spicy peppery kick brings up the rear. A fantastic everyday wine to pair with everything from burgers to pizza to chili. It’s great to find good Cote du Rhone for under fifteen dollars and when it’s under ten.
Aupa Pipeno 2019 $11.99
This is one of those wines that is so unique and different that you just have to try it. If I sampled it blind I would probably guess a French Beaujolais. It is vibrant with fresh crushed berries and a wonderful lightness. Extremely versatile, one could put a light chill on this red to enjoy with a group of friends hanging around the fireplace.
Rocco Giovanni Dolcetto d’Alba 2018 $11.99
Dolcetto is quickly becoming one of my favorite red grape varietals. It is soft and elegant with notes of red cherries and a hint of smokiness. Great as a weekday sipper or paired with cured Italian meats.
Colosi Sicilia Rosso 2017 $11.99
They say the most important signs of a good wine is the color when poured in the glass. That being said it should come as no surprise, “the black grape of Avola” gives off a deep ruby red color. Ripe, dark fruits and herbal notes throughout make for a smooth entrance and exit on the palate. Perfect for pizza night with family.
Villa Frassini Toscano 2018 $8.99
It is great to see when old world wine countries still manage to produce great wines at inexpensive prices. This Italian blend marries the old school flavors of dried cherries of the Sangiovese with the fresh red fruits of the Cab. Goes great with a simple spaghetti and meatballs.
Maison Nicolas Pinot Noir 2018 $9.99
Nicolas is a great bargain Pinot Noir from Southern France that stays true to this delicate varietal. Tart cherries on the nose, lighter bodied with tasty fruit and good structure, and a touch of spice on the finish. A simple Burgundy but unmistakably Burgundy. This wine delivers vintage after vintage.
Goru Verde Jumilla Monastrell 2018 $9.99
Made from organically grown grapes, this Monastrell, or Mourvedre as it is known in France and America, is from the up-and-coming wine region of Jumilla in Southeastern Spain. It is earthy and spicy with cherry, olive and fig notes. This would be amazing with a sizzling steak fajita.
Flaco Tempranillo 2018 $8.99
For those of you looking for a fresh, juicy, unoaked red, look no further. Vibrant red berries are what this easy drinking wine is all about. Tempranillo is the grape Spain uses to make Rioja, but those wines are aged in new American oak, typically giving the wine flavors of vanilla and dill. This is just pure unadulterated fun!
The Pinot Noir Situation 2017 $13.99
It is becoming more and more difficult to find high quality Pinots for under $20 form Oregon. This one knocks it out of the park! Fresh strawberries and cherries bounce on the tongue of this bright red. Soft tannins make this wine very versatile and complimentary to almost everything on your dinner table.
Le Preare Valpolicella Ripasso 2017 $14.99
This was a smash hit at one of our Friday night tastings – so much so that we decided it deserved a spot with the Best Values. That was five years ago and customers still keep coming back for it. The Corvina brings a bright fresh cherry note at the start, while the second fermentation on the skins of Amarone brings a ripe richness to the finish. This really is a steal for $14.99 and would go with anything from simple pizza to a veal cutlet with red sauce and pasta.
Adega de Redondo Real Lavrador 1L 2018 $7.99
I have been doing this job for over 17 years now and I still cannot figure how Portugal can produce so many great wines under ten dollars. And this is in a liter bottle boot! Light, soft, and easy to drink, this is a great weekday sipper or a good match for fish when one prefers a red.