The Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva de Familia from Santa Carolina Vineyards is juicy yet round with just enough backbone to make it exceptionally food-friendly, from appetizers to entrees and even chocolate desserts. Nice host gift, too.
There’s a beefiness to this big, bold, red wine—there’s a velvetiness too, making it elegant. La Font de Notre Dame’s Gigondas has structure, lots of body, and a sturdiness that makes it substantial. It’s perfect alongside roasted leg of lamb, short ribs, and beef stew. It’s a special wine you’ll want to celebrate with or give as a gift.
If you like the toasty, almondy flavor of champagne, Domaine J. Laurens’ sparkling wine is made in the same style as champagne, but it’s a bargain at $17.
Carménère was once thought of exclusively as a blending grape (it’s also one of the original six varietals from Bordeaux), but in this wine, it takes center stage. You’ll find it at your wine store for about $10—an unbelievable bargain, if you ask us.
The 2014 Chateau Vieux Poirier is a certified organic red Bordeaux, made primarily of Malbec, which gives it a lusciousness with fun tannins that go really well with food. There’s a bit of Merlot here, too, to soften the structure of the wine.
Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec—just those two grape varietals—is a unique red wine blend. If you love red wine, Finca el Origen’s Estate Blend from Argentina is a wine to try.