A very expressive, very tasty wine, the Bodegas Caro Amancaya Reserve Red. 72% Malbec and 28% Cabernet Sauvignon from Mendoza, … [Read more...]
The Best Red Blends
Some of the best value in wine today comes from inexpensive red 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 (and usually fairly cheap) red blends. These are mostly a California creation but are increasingly found everywhere. Typically a bit sweet, these wines leave (or add) some residual sugar in the mix. Some of the extremely popular mass-markets wines 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 favorite single variety wine might already be a red blend!
Read on for our list of The Best Red Blends Under $20!
A tasty ten dollar find from Costco, the Ego Bodegas Goru Gold Red Blend. 80% Monastrell, 15% Syrah and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon from … [Read more...]
A fantastic wine from the Alentejo region of Portugal, the Esporao Reserva Red. A blend of 40% Aragonez (Tempranillo), 30% Alicante … [Read more...]
Revisiting an absolutely luscious Saturday Splurge, the Donnafugata Tancredi. A blend of primarily Nero d'Avola and Cabernet … [Read more...]
Brutocao is back with a highly recommended, estate blend of Zinfandel, Merlot, Carignan and Syrah for less than $12 a bottle, the Bliss … [Read more...]
A smashingly fun to drink wine for just $12 a bottle, the Smashberry Paso Robles Red Blend. Have we got an undeniably tasty one … [Read more...]
Bulk Buy! The Trader Joe's Grand Reserve Napa Valley Meritage Lot 86. A Meritage (red blend) of undisclosed varieties from Napa … [Read more...]
Revisiting the latest vintage of this slightly sweet Portuguese red blend for just $5.99, the Porta 6 from Trader Joe's. 50% … [Read more...]
A fantastic wine for under $15 from M. Chapoutier, the Les Vignes de Bila-Haut Cotes du Roussillon Villages Rouge. 50% Grenache, 40% … [Read more...]
A little bit meaty, a little bit spicy, a little bit peppery and a lot bit tasty, the Ferraton Pere & Fils Samorens Cotes du Rhone … [Read more...]
Quite the find at only $7.99, the Kirkland Signature Bordeaux Superieur. 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Merlot from Bordeaux, France. … [Read more...]
A solidly satisfying Southern Rhone bargain from Costco, the Kirkland Signature Gigondas. 85% Grenache, 10% Syrah and 5% Mourvedre … [Read more...]