A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about inexpensive white wines and the overwhelming feedback was for a similar list of red wines. Personally, I find red wines trickier to navigate. There seem to be more bad cheap red wines than good ones, which can be very disappointing.
I have a soft spot in my heart for red wines. I grew up in a large Italian family where red wine was a nightly drink with dinner. No pasta dinner was complete without red wine. Even for children, and including red wine that my Uncle Anthony made himself. Yes, seriously. I know everyone can't go (or wants to go) this route, but during a recession we're all looking for ways to stretch our budget. And, recession does not mean that we have to give up wine all together.
Red wine is versatile and can be served with a variety of dishes from hot dogs to a fine steak. Here's a list of Recession Reds that are sure to please your palate and your pocketbook -- all for under $10 (or less!) a bottle.
Not surprisingly, I have two Yellowtail recommendations. You can't go wrong with either of these choices.
1) Yellowtail Merlot. Once again the Yellowtail brand comes through. It's a highly drinkable red wine that goes with everything. Everyone just seems to love it.
2) Yellowtail Shiraz. This is a sweet and fruity wine. And like its white wine counterparts, it goes down easily.
3) Ravenswood Vintners Blend is a strong oaky merlot. This is a strong dinner wine that is paired well with steaks and other grilled meats. It's not one you're going to pop open and just sit around and drink.
4) Fuzion is an Argentinian wine. It's a blend of shiraz and malbec grapes. It has a light, sweet vanilla taste. Pair this with lighter fare, appetizers, cheese platters.
5) Little Penguin Merlot -- catchy name, cute label and light fruity taste. This wine is comparable to Yellowtail. It goes with everything and is well loved.
6) Fish Eye Merlot. Nice and fruity. Not overly strong. Highly drinkable, a crowd pleaser, very cute label. Does the label matter? No, but it does look nice setting out on the table and I am all about aesthetics.
Tell us -- what inexpensive red wines are you fond of?