In this episode Joshua Cook breaks from talking about beer to talking about the best 4 red wines you can drink this fall under $20.
His special guest is Sandy Merlino, wine specialist and connoisseur.
The top red wines we chose are:
- Sexy Wine Bomb
- Renieri Invetro
- Garnacha de Fuego
- Sextant Cabernet Sauvignon
1. Sexy Wine Bomb – California, 2011
“It’s got some nice fruit notes on that and it is really fresh and not too heavy, definitely great for this time of the year, but again it can be a great bread blend into the fall, and really red blends are great for anytime of the year, you have a lot of people that don’t necessary drink red or maybe afraid to approach a bold body of red, but this will be a great way to get into a red wine,” said Merlino.
2. Renieri Invetro – Tuscany, 2010
“Renieri is actually the winemaker and Bacci is their symbol, but this is a beautiful wine, it’s a beautiful blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet and Merlot, so anyone that likes Cabernet is going to love this as well anyone that loves Sangiovese, it’s a beautiful blend, the Merlot put a nice softness to it, a nice soft touch being that Cabernet is a big bodied type of wine and so it’s Sangiovese. But the Merlot gives it a nice, smooth, elegant edge, this is an elegant wine,” said Merlino.
3. Garnacha de Fuego – Spain, 2013
“This is very smooth, a lot of dark fruit notes, a lot of intensity and yet very smooth, so this will definitely appeal to anyone that likes bigger bolder wines and yet has this smoothness of an elegant wine. Spanish wines drink a lot nicer than their price points, they had not quite caught up to the French and Italian wine price points, but definitely drinks much more expensively, so there’s a great value in Spanish wines and Portuguese wines as well,” said Merlino.
4. Sextant Cabernet – California, 2011
“Sexton is, again like I said, it’s a central coast wine that comes out of California, a really beautiful Cabernet, so drinks full and lush, but it has the elegance of like a Bordeaux, so someone likes French wines and they gravitate towards a French Bordeaux, they would absolutely love Sexton, because it drinks beautifully, evenly and elegantly, even though it’s full, it doesn’t have that high city structure, it has more of an evenly city structure, which blends itself to be more like Bordeaux, really elegant, really smooth, easy to drink and yet you are still drinking something very substantial that anyone that likes a big cap would love,” said Merlino.
Are there rules to wine?
Merlino says, “no, not really.”
“Truthfully, at the end of the day drink what you like and like what you drink, the rule is, there are no rules, you make the rules, yes there are certain wines that do go with certain foods and once you develop your palate a little bit more, you’ll start to see that the wine is going to compliment the food and vice versa, but again at the end of the day it’s what you like, so if you don’t like red wine, and you absolutely love white wines, take white wines with what you want to eat it with or drink it alone, same thing with red, but if you want to really pair it up appropriately, yes there are wines that you could definitely pair up appropriately, but that is up to the individual, you don’t want to set those strict rules and turn anyone off,” said Merlino.