Clos des Lumieres makes a lovely French white from the Rhône region, and it’s a remarkable bargain. Yes, it’s in a box; don’t let that fool you. This is the wine of summer 2019.
Finca El Origen is a tasty, sporty, violet-colored Malbec from Argentina’s Mendoza region. The 2017 vintage is out, and you’ll find bottles going for $12 and under in stores in our region.
The boxed red from vineyard Clos des Lumieres is our pick to drink with burgers. Why? Because this Côtes du Rhône has body, spice, and a sporty, sassy quality we love with a juicy burger (lamb burgers especially, would be sublime with this).
This 2014 Tempranillo from Spain, at about $20 a bottle, sings with cherry, a touch of rough hewn oak, and a whisper of raisin.
The bing cherry notes in Shooting Star’s red Zinfandel make it festive and compatible with just about anything you might have on the holiday table—from turkey to latkes—but it’s also a friendly sipper on its own.