Best Red wine under $12
In Berkeley, there's a terrific place for affordable bottles. Let the owner know your style preference and he will come up with some good things at prices that will astound you. The stock is always changing, which makes it a lot of fun. For instance, you'll find some yummy Italian, French, and Spanish reds. (A Rhone we tried lately that was nice was Mas de Coste. I can't remember the price, but I think it was about $8.) The name of the shop is Odd Lots. It is at 1025 San Pablo Ave. near the corner of Marin.
I visit Weimax in Burlingame for their selections of best price performers and am always happy with their discoveries. A deep, nicely oaked red called Muruve is available in "joven" and "crianza" formats, $6.99 and $9.99 before their case discount.
I also found a French Burgundy of the "Rully" appellation on sale there for $7.99.
They turned me on to Falesco winery's "Vitiano" for $9, a blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet and Merlot.
They have a cool web site, so you can peruse before visiting (don't miss their free-wine tasting offer on the front page). www.weimax.com