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Great everyday red wine

Santonegro 2005 Monastrell -- an excellent, food friendly wine at $5.99 at Trader Joe's.

From the producer's site -- Tasting note: It has a violet red cherry color, aromas of red fruit, it is velvety and balanced on the palate, with excellent tannins.

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  1. Ruggero di Tasso ...Nero D'Avola available at TJ's ($5 range).

    I also like the Terra Australis Shiraz, also available at TJ's.

    1. By "everyday" I assume you're looking for an excellent red wine "reasonably priced":

      Chilean Cabernet
      Argentinian malbec
      Calif. Zinfandel
      Italian Valpolicella ripasso
      Spanish tempranillo
      Aussie Shiraz


      1. Am drinking Penascal Tempranillo tonight from Publix @ $5.99...really quite good! Am surprised but am totally enjoying it!

        1. Norton (Malbec) so delicious and never more than $8.99
          Alamos (also Malbec) under $12

          1. Castano Yecla Monastrell $5.95-$6.99. I like even better than the Santonegro. To my tongue same depth of flavor and more complexity. Blows away any comparably priced Aussies. Your results may differ.


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            1. re: Ed Dibble

              Hill & Dale Pinotage, South Africa $8-9
              Panarroz, Jumilla, Spain $7-9

              1. re: RichardA

                If you're in the Bay Area, my husband bought a bunch of the Jumilla Panarroz at Grocery Outlet in Berkeley for 99 cents a bottle. It's alright, I guess.

              2. re: Ed Dibble

                Is the Castano Yecla also available at Trader Joe's?

                1. re: Husky

                  No, I have found it at Whole Foods and at a bevarage discounter.


              3. Columbia Crest 2003 merlot (grand estates), $8-12 depending on location. The 2001 was what got us interested in WA wines, 2002 wasn't so good but the 2003 is much closer to the 2001. It is a great value for the price.

                1. Pinot Noir: Casa de la Cruz - Sonoma Coast ($15)

                  Zinfandel: Rosenblum Richard Sauret ($20)

                  Syrah blend: Rosenblum Chateau La Paws ($10)

                  Cabernet: Justin - Paso Robles ($18)

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                  1. re: ladymonty

                    Ladymonty, that is a great price for the Justin Cabernet. I don't even get that as a member of the wine club. Where can you find it for $18?

                    1. re: AlabasterDisaster

                      I've purchased it for under $20 at both Pavillions and Hi-Time Wines in southern CA.

                      1. re: AlabasterDisaster

                        19 dollars at pavillions in hancock park right now if you have a pavillions club card.

                    2. Falesco Vitiano 2004 $8

                      1. "REX GOLIATH 47 POUND ROOSTER Cabernet $6.99 and sometimes on sale for $5.99. Excellent for the price. Here is their web site:

                        1. Somebody left a bottle of BOLLA VALPOLICELLA at our place as a housewarming gift during the holidays; the other night, I figured, "let's try it... if it sucks we'll move on to something else." I thought it was a great, simple, soft, medium-bodied wine with typical varietal/regional characteristics. It's $5.50 at my local Pavillions.

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                          1. parallel 45 french cote du rhone +- 7 bucks, tastes like a 20 bucks bottle!

                            1. i would say Beaulieu Vineyard wines are great! Can be a bit pricey, but, isn't wine suppose to be sipped for the taste instead of getting tipsy???...and then there is the Ruffino Chianti....sooooo yummy... why not have a burger and a good wine?....hell it's not that Carl's JR they serve @ The Palms in Vegas....but, it tastes beautifully together!! Try it!!!

                              1. Try Bonny Doone 'Big House Red' around $10 and very nice...

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                                1. re: jbyoga

                                  My thoughts too. Big House Red and Big House White are great budget wines.

                                  1. re: sgwood415

                                    Just a reminder: Randall Graham has sold the Big House label. I don't know which vintage will be from the new owners, but be careful with Big House wines in the future.


                                  2. Our local Costco sells Maciarelli Montepulciano D'Abruzzo for $6.99, and it has essentially become the "house wine," pardon the pun. It also sells Marques de Caceres Rioja for $8.99 a bottle; we drink a lot of that as well.

                                    1. I don't really drink anymore (blood sugar issues), but I used to really enjoy Walnut Crest Merlot. It used to be really cheap but went up in price with its popularity. However, last time I bought it (for guests), it was still reasonably priced.

                                      We also recently got a good, reasonable cab.sauv. I'll try to remember to check on that and get back to you.

                                        1. pillar box red (aussie red blend) - 10 bucks a bottle, though can be cheaper by the case.

                                          ringland has his touch/hand in a couple of budget wines i enjoy...
                                          'bitch' grenache (south australia)
                                          evil cabernet
                                          pure evil chardonnay

                                          haven't tried the 'bon bon' rose - but word is, that is good too.

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                                          1. re: jaydee

                                            Pillar Box Red is selling here in NJ for $8 a bottle, and is a surprisingly good buy for a table red at that price.

                                          2. Gyser Peak Cabernet ($12)
                                            Edna Valley Chardonnay

                                            1. Colosi from Sicily, 100% Nero d’Avola grapes. great taste for around $7
                                              also from Sicily but a few bucks more is Planeta La Segreta Rosso. a blend but basic Nero d'Avola grape. used to be less expensive but for an everyday treat its worth it.
                                              I'll pass this alone to you. I've heard there is wine coming out of Ecuador made from the tannet grape. I've only heard of this grape grown in France north of Gascony. but I've been told they are growing it in South America and it is great and cheap. to me that grape grown in France is too tannic and have had it only toned down with cabernet. since you live in SF you might have earlier access to this wine than I will in central Texas. check it out. sorry I don't have a brand name for you. ask by the grape varietal. let me know if you find any and your take on it.

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                                              1. re: austx03

                                                I made a mistake on my post yesterday. that wine I was telling you about is not from Ecuador, but from Uruguay. sorry about that.

                                              2. This one is awesome:
                                                Crane Lake Petite Syrah-get the 2003 if you can. Here on the East Coast, it's 4.99 a bottle. Inky, stainy, grapey, yummy!

                                                1. My current everyday red is Blason cabernet franc. Typical Friuli Isonzo style, well-balanced, lots of fruit, no oak, high acid, moderate alcohol.


                                                  1. Delas Freres Cote du Ventoux $6...nice southern Rhone red