What's exciting for the rest of us is the burgeoning of quality wines at the lower end of the pricing spectrum. And I'm not talking cheap for cheap's sake. There are many wines from regions such as
The 2007 ErcavÃo Tempranillo Roble from Mas Que Vinos is a 100% tempranillo wine from
In contrast, the 2005 Saurus (there's a dinosaur on the label) Patagonia Malbec shows the softer side of
From the Under $10 section at Whole Foods (yes, there is one) came a 2007 Very Old Vines Carignan, vin de pays de l'Aude. The wine is produced by Nicolas, one of
Finally, and this is a tip, there's a Jorge OrdoÃ±ez wine. OrdoÃ±ez's Spanish selections can usually be counted on to deliver both value and quality (look on the back of the label), and the 2009 Borsao Red Wine Campo de Borja is no exception. Composed of 75% garnacha and 25% tempranillo, its dark, plumy and faintly leathery qualities are coupled to a lively brightness. As is the case with mostâ??let's just say allâ??of the above, a slight chill doesn't hurt. That way you can first appreciate the wine's structure, then relax into its more sensual qualities as you both warm up.
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