Choosing the best fine red wine for any occasion can be difficult, particularly if you’re just not sure where to start. Do you start with French red wines? Italian red wines? Australian? The options are virtually endless.
Whether you’re hosting an event or just want a good bottle to pair with dinner, there’s one good way to start your selection process: the taste test. You start by red wine online shopping and trying what you buy. Here are your categories and price ranges.
$10 to $15 Red Wines
In this price range, you should consider alternatives to your well known red wines. Instead of Cabernet Sauvignon, opt for Nero d’Avola, Monastrell, or Petite Sirah. Wines such as these and more are often developed in countries such as Portugal, Spain, and Australia and can be quite inexpensive (but still delicious).
$15 to $20 Red Wines
This price range will get you a wide variety of red wines, just about anything you might want. You can still focus on the regions listed above for great tasting wines, including Chile, South Africa, and Argentina. You may also want to consider Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Malbec.
$20 to $30 Red Wines
You can get some very delicious red wines from wineries right here in America for this price. Great red wines from California and the Finger Lakes fall within this range, and there are so many options to choose from. In fact, California accounts for over 90% of all wine produced in the United States, so there are some great finds out there. You can start looking at blends as well, some of which might include Cabernet Franc, Lemberger, Zinfandel, and Pinot Noir. Many of these grapes can be German, French, and Italian.
$30 and Up
The options are actually endless at this price range, and bottles can get up into the triple digits. You may find a bourbon-blended Barbara particularly indulging, yet depending on the bottle they can get pretty pricey. Because you can a wider range of fine wines at this price, take care in your pairings and consider the elements of your event (time, season, etc).
Both in-person or red wine online shopping can be equally beneficial, but you may find more online. Have fun with your taste test, and as always, drink responsibly.
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