A fabulous, meaty, French wine for a Saturday Splurge, the Chateau l'Hospitalet Grand Vin Rouge from Gerard Bertrand. A blend of … [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 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 favorite single variety wine might already be a red blend!
Read on for our list of The Best Red Blends Under $20!
An Italian-style find from France via Trader Joe's, the Ile De Conas Rouge Souplesse. A blend of 70% Marselan (a cross of Cabernet … [Read more...]
A little bit of Italian heaven from Mendocino. We're back with another great offer from Brutocao Family Vineyards, this time with … [Read more...]
Silky smooth and easy to sip, the Miss Anais Red Blend. 70% Grenache and 30% Syrah from France. … [Read more...]
A wine from an exclusive region in Bordeaux at an unheard of price, the North Forty-Five.2 Pauillac from Costco. Here's another … [Read more...]
An easy to drink red blend with a blue collar price, the Roustabout Meritage from Trader Joe's. A Meritage blend of 63% Cabernet … [Read more...]