Trying to find a good inexpensive red wine?

Question by ?justme?: Trying to find a good inexpensive red wine?
I am a complete novice when it comes to wine of any kind, but I have had no trouble finding an inexpensive white wine ($ 25.00 or less per bottle), but I’m at a loss for red. I don’t like it too sweet, but not really dry either. I’ve been looking for a happy medium with no luck yet. Any suggestions?
So far I am very happy with the price ranges I’m seeing. I was being generous with the $ 25. Like I said, I’m a complete novice. I can’t wait to start trying these suggestions.
Thank you!

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Answer by Sour Girl – is a bunny?
Ruffino Chianti is a nice dry red wine in that price range.

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Trying To Find A Good Inexpensive Red Wine?
Trying To Find A Good Inexpensive Red Wine?
Trying To Find A Good Inexpensive Red Wine?
Trying To Find A Good Inexpensive Red Wine?

Trying To Find A Good Inexpensive Red Wine?

15 thoughts on “Trying to find a good inexpensive red wine?

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  2. try Gnarly Head Cab i don’t think it would be too dry. Also, my fave is 7 Deadly Zins Red Zinfindel.

  3. There is a very good organic red wine called Our Daily Red. It has almost a merlot like body, but it goes down much smoother.

    Otherwise, Marietta Old Vine Red is a very good alternative.

    Each will run you between $ 10 and $ 15.

  4. Some of my favorite brands are:

    Crane Lake (they make Zin, Pinot Noir, Mal Bec, Sangiovase, & Merlot) and they’re NOT expensive at all!

    Ravenswood, which specializes in Zin & Merlot, but also do a Pinot.

    Lindemann’s, which makes a fab Merlot.

    Yellowtail…they do a broad variety of just about every varietal.

    None of them have I ever paid more than $ 16 per bottle…in San Diego, no less.

  5. Try Folie A Deux. Menage A Trois, it’s red table wine. A nice blended wine not too sweet and not too dry.

    Oh and the price, the price is nice, between 9.00 and 14.00 dollars a bottle.

  6. Look for a winery in your area that has a taste testing afternoon. We have one in Spring Texas, also our Spec’s liquor store has a wine tasting once a month. Check you local liquor store.

  7. My wife and I really enjoy wine (rarely ever too much at a time) but we drink a glass or two of wine almost daily and have for years… mostly red. We almost never spend more than $ 12 or $ 15 per bottle and many times find great buys for less than $ 10 so don’t feel like you have to spend a lot to enjoy really good wine; that is a myth.

    After you narrow it down to red wine, there is still a great variety to choose from; too many to go into here. My best advice is to find a well stocked wine store with a very knowledgeable staff and don’t be bashful about revealing your experience level and also telling them you don’t want to spend over $ 12 or $ 15 per bottle for some really good wine. If they turn their nose up at that, you are at the wrong place. Most reputable wine stores will jump all over that bait and lead you around the store to some great wines and great wine values; it should be fun for them also.

    Try different wines from different regions of the US and different countries of the world. Good quality reds will rarely have much if any sweetness to them outside of rosés; which really aren’t considered red. But try Pinot Noirs from Oregon or Washington and Burgundies from France (pretty much the same grapes); try Cabernet Sauvignons from California and Bordeaux from France (again, pretty much the same grapes); try Malbecs from Argentina; try some of the killer Syrahs from Australia; try Tempernillo and Garnacha from Spain; check out the Chilean and Italian wines. There are many great wines made in many different regions of the U.S. If you don’t live in California, try regional wines that come highly recommended at a fair price.

    There is nothing wrong with an expensive bottle or two of wine; they make great gifts and are fun to try but you don’t have to break the bank just to enjoy great wines. I have enjoyed my share of high priced wine but keep in mind that they are usually expensive only because of high demand with limited quantity (the cult factor). Quality is more assured with higher priced wines but there is plenty of quality with lower priced wines as well if you seek out help in finding them.

    Bottom line is, just have fun and expect the wine experts you find to not be pretentious; if they turn out to be, go some where else.

  8. Charles Shaw or ” two buck chuck” They have Chardonnay, Sauvingon Blanc, merlot and a pretty good cab. Their Chardonnay won a blind taste test in napa valley for hands down the best Chardonnay. It is $ 2.99 per bottle. We buy it by the case. You can only get it at Trader Joes grocery stores. It is a must try! I’ve had $ 400 bottles and everything in between, and “two buck chuck” is still one of my favorites!

  9. merlot is a good choice, shiraz has a pepper flavour but the french variation is really smooth. pinot noir is nice, try hamilton russell.

  10. Brutally Honest has my choice.

    Crane Lake, the best red I’ve found is Sangovise, very drinkable.

    The local store has it for $ 3.99/bottle.

    I have had some at much higher cost which are no better.

  11. a few choices..

    Yellow Tail Shiraz about $ 12
    Little Penguin Shiraz about $ 8
    Garbiano Chianti Classico about $ 12 (make sure to get Classico)
    Da Vinci Chianti Classico about $ 15 (again, Classico)
    Menage a Trois / blend Zin, Merlot, Cabernet about $ 12 ..this one , had to grow on me..took about a half a glass for it to mellow out; even with letting in breate, but it did and I enjoyed

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