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Feb 13, 2007 12:23 PM

Red Wine Recommendations - $50 range

Any suggestions for a nice full bodied red wine for around $50 at the LCBO? Pairing it with my famous aged BBQ rib steaks

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  1. You could try an Amarone they usually run around $50. Very full bodied. I've tried most of the ones at the LCBO and some are better than others, but you really can't go wrong.

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      1. Absolutely go with an Amarone. Do an LCBO search for the Bertani Amarone. It is the best of the best IMHO. Probably more in the $65 range though, but well worth it.

        1. lovin' Barolos and Amarones. but if you're looking for rich red at a lower price point, check out the Cote du Rhones. We've had many of the ones in the $35-40ish price range at the LCBO and they're definately aged steak worthy.

          If you haven't had an Amarone before, maybe have a taste (summerhill, has a great range of tasting wines). they're a specific flavour / feel -- delicious, but unique

          1. Clos des los Siete 2005. This is a Bordeaux style blend based on the Malbec grape made by Michelle Roland ( a very famous bordeaux wine consultant) in Argentina. The wine blew me away in blind tastings and is only $25 @the LCBO. The wine has a considerable tannic structure that calls for a fatty steak such as the Rib.

            On a side note: Although Amarone's are very big, they tend to have very high toned acid and fruit characteristics, are sometimes slightly off-dry, and quite raisin-y. More of a good pair with game meats and fruit sauces then a grilled or bar-b-q'ed steak.

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            1. re: Matt416

              that's kind of what i was thinking... amarones are lovely but not quite a bbq steak match. if anything, i think a good solid zin would be great. i unfortunately can't suggest a specific one as i haven't broken out of the $40 price range for lcbo wines yet.

              1. re: pinstripeprincess

                The Ravenswood zins out of California are excellent. Range from $25 - $75. Talk to the Vintages consultant for the differences.

                1. re: TorontoJo

                  If you wanted a well structured Zin in that price range I would look for any of the Ridge Bottlings (Geyserville, Lytton Springs, etc). Ridge wines tend to have a little more acid and tanninic structure (this makes them much better with food) than the more fruit oriented Ravenswood and Rosenbloom Zins.

                  1. re: Matt416

                    I second that rec. whole heartedly. I have never been disappointed by a Ridge Zin.