Party Reds

Great red wines for your holiday parties


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Party Reds Over the past days I’ve offered suggestions for both white and sparkling wines suitable for a party. Now it’s time for the reds. While it was notably easy to find white options by variety, that would limit us when itcomes to red wines. So many of the world's great red value wines come from indigenous or lesser known grapesn so simply doing a run down of the big five would give us a narrow, boring list, and one that failed to deliver on the promise of value.

Just to reiterated  the criteria used to determine which wines to include in this article were:

1: National availability
2: Spend enough to make sure the wines are delicious, so $8 to $12 a bottle
3: Allow you to offer your guests some variety

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  • Please unsubcribe me from your list

    Dec 05, 2013 at 12:37 PM

  • Really? Stick with national brands at $8-$12 and that guarantees the wine will be delicious? What a joke. Another one falls to the masses. Shame on you and the brands that pay for your press.

    Dec 05, 2013 at 1:50 PM

  • Snooth User: 1206gene
    1298826 51

    Geez…..I guess there are a lot of elitist wine snobs out there still. I, for one, appreciate an occasional list of good suggestions for inexpensive yet very acceptable and often quite delicious wines. Some of these recommended ones I am familiar with and know to be quite good. I'd like to try them all to see which ones float my boat enough to occupy space in my
    wine cooler.

    Dec 05, 2013 at 3:57 PM

  • Snooth User: Jim Goddard
    1370008 45

    Your comments regarding the Sobon Estates Zin are right on. The family operates Sobon, the oldest winery in Amador County, and Shenandoah Vinyards. Both produce good, reasonably priced wines, especially reds. In Amador, also visit Amador Foothills Winery, Montevina (try their Italian style reds, especially their sangiovese), Renwood, and Story (pack in a picnic lunch and eat on the grounds). Amador County is just south of Placerville, between Sacramento and South Lake Tahoe, has over 30 smaller wineries. It is a pretty area, and far, far less touristy than other winery areas in California.

    Dec 05, 2013 at 4:09 PM

  • Snooth User: bevycr
    1414705 40

    Regal...we often find wines that are a little more expensive but we expect that in Canada....someone has to pay for our "free" health system... which is not free at all.
    Portada from Portugal is one we really enjoy C$12.95
    Another is Fetzer Zin at $14.95 ...we did get it on sale at C$12.95
    Our liquor stores are controlled by the gov't. What you are paying $8-13 for ...we are paying C$14-$25...I love watching the faces of Americans when shopping at our liquor stores. Priceless....

    Dec 05, 2013 at 5:21 PM

  • Snooth User: malmka
    369598 83

    I know I already like a few of the wines that you mentioned, so I look forward to trying some of the others. I am glad you don't write exclusively about expensive wines. While I like a great wine occasionally, less expensive wine is good for every day.

    Dec 05, 2013 at 6:57 PM

  • Snooth User: ted m
    686649 6

    Can I get these deals in australia?

    Dec 09, 2013 at 5:05 AM

  • Snooth User: ted m
    686649 6

    I was recently in canada and was amassed to find just how few countries that you actually source your wine from. almost exclusively from california. What is wrong with you people? There are fabulous wines from all over the world. You should try them all.

    Dec 09, 2013 at 5:07 AM

  • Snooth User: rwa1951
    1422280 28

    First, to the wine snobs out there. I have my share of higher end wine in my cellar. I also have my share of bargains (less than $18) that have been discovered along the way. I'm not sure who said it, but it is a philosophy I subscribe to as an avid wine drinker. If you like it, it does;t matter how much it costs. And there have been some great tasting bargains over the years. I have shared the writers respect for J Lohr and Rodney Strong for a long time. If that is the writer's standard for a bargain, I would more than willingly part with the price of any of the other bottles from various countries. If you can afford to drink only high end wine and enjoy it, more power to you. But, like Ferraris and VW beetles, there is a place for all performance levels. And, I think it's important for new wine drinkers to be able tognize the differences in low end wines in order to learn how to discern between the high end stuff. I've also had my share of $100 wine that hasn't lived upthee price tagEach bottle of wine should be judged on it's own merits. It is what it is. and just because you happen to have room in your cellar for a bargain, doesn't make you a lackey for the wine companies or a sell out. Go home tonight and enjoy a bottle of wine, regardless of how much it cost. If it's good ou, that's all that matters

    Dec 11, 2013 at 2:01 PM

  • As I stated earlier, there are bargains at every price point. My main point, is that this article recommends that readers stick to the most popular brands However, it is a fact that most wine publications are paid for positive press by the big brands. Have an open mind to try new varietals. Don't be the person that always order vanilla at the ice cream store.

    Dec 11, 2013 at 2:26 PM

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