28 delicious months in oak barrels make for one tasty wine, the Matchbook The Arsonist Red Blend. 52% Petit Verdot from Dunnigan Hills, 24% … [Read more...]
The Best Red Blends Under $20
Some of the best value in wine today comes from blends, which are simply a combination of different grape varieties. When done well, these blends allow the winemakers to essentially take the best of each variety and combine them for what is often much greater than the sum of its parts.
Most red blends these day tend to fall into two categories -- the more traditional dry blends which can come from both Old World (France, Italy, Spain, etc.) and New World (Argentina, South Africa, Chile, New Zealand, etc.) producers. Then there are the ever popular, slightly sweeter red blends. These are mostly a California creation but are increasingly found everywhere. Not overly sweet, these wines leave a bit of residual sugar in the mix. Extremely popular wines like Apothic Red, Cocobon, Cupcake Red Velvet and others fall into this group.
In this category we highlight the best red blends under $20 in both of those distinct styles so you can decide what you like best! Only those wines that can deliver exceptional quality for the price are reviewed here.
And one last note if you're skeptical of blended wines -- laws in many areas allow a wine to be labeled as a single variety if it contains as little as 75% of that variety. This means your so-called single variety wine could have up to 25% of another variety in it already!
Read on for reviews of the best red blends under $20.
The Folk Machine Parts & Labor Red Wine, a truly tasty and unique red blend. 44% Syrah from the biodynamically farmed Vecino Vineyard … [Read more...]
The Clos De Nit Tinto, a kitchen sink blend from Montsant, Spain. 40% Garnacha, 25% Carinena, 20% Merlot, 10% Tempranillo and 5% Cabernet … [Read more...]
The Dona Ermelinda Reserva, a great example of the extreme value to be found in Portuguese red blends. 70% Castelao, 10% Touriga Nacional, … [Read more...]
The last wine in our Trader Joe's series, the Tuella Douro. Just be sure to let it breathe! A blend of Touriga Franca, Tinta Barroca and … [Read more...]
California doesn't make sub-$10 red blends like the Castelmaure Col des Vents Corbieres. 50% Carignan, 35% Grenache and 15% Syrah from … [Read more...]