Red wine drinkers, I haven’t forgotten about you. Just because there are warmer days ahead of us, don’t think I’d leave those succulent titillaters in the cellar like red-headed stepchildren. I’ve done just the opposite. Today, I’m bringing you two rosés (one with and one without bubbles, BAM) and four reds. I know, I know, many of you are probably like “Rosés aren’t reds.” Cool down your neck rolling and finger snapping. I just figured I’d be remiss not to include a little pink in this two part series. I’m looking out for you.
Segura Viudas Brut Rosé $8
Grapes: Trepat, Garnacha
It’s always bubbles-thirty. #Amirite? In this case, the pink simply gives the bubbly a little flare. Aromas of red fruit including strawberries and red currant dance on the nose of this brut rosé. Do you know what else can dance with this beaut? You, a salmon ceviche, and whichever of your friends you deem fit for the morning (I’m not judging), afternoon, or evening to come over and partay.
Bieler Pere et Fils $11
Grapes: Syrah, Grenache, Cinsault
I pull this bad boy (or girl) when I want to get my green on. There’s nothing like pairing its spice, minerality, and red berries with a nice roasted chicken salad. I’d go on about the fixings on m’salad, but I don’t want you salivating on your desk. It would be weird to explain that wet spot to your boss.
Camille Cayran Secret de Campane $11
Grapes: Merlot, Cinsault, Carignan, Grenache
Sometimes more really is just better, and the four grapes in this bottle are proof. I remember this one time I was on a date at the Botanic Gardens Summer Music Series. We were feeding each other meats and cheeses and sipping on the Secret and its four friends…wait, er, I mean, it’s light and the red berries are long-lasting on the palate.
Penfolds Koonunga Hill $10
Grapes: Shiraz, Cabernet
Heat up the grill, because I’m heading over. I wasn’t sure what to get for you, but I grabbed me a coupla pork chops and some asparagus. Oh, I did pick up this bottle of ah-mazing wine with blackberries and cherries floating around under the cork. Mine also.
Louis Jadot Beaujolais – Villages $11
If you want to flex your French knowledge at an affordable price, look no further. It’s bright and refreshing with a little fruit and spice. I consider this my movie-in-the-backyard wine. (No food necessary.) Grab the projector, throw up the sheet, and curl up next to your “sure thing.” What else is there to say other than Bob’s your uncle?
Goulart Clasico $11
I’m not complete without a little malbec in my life, and the long finish with cherries and tobacco on this one gets me right together. Mendoza really knows how to keep me on my toes. Also, if you are wondering what to pair with the Goulart, get your friends together for a good ol’ shrimp boil. Don’t forget the fried ‘gator.
So there you have it: 12 Spring Wines Under $12. Take The White Edition along with this list and you’ve got yourself a few weeks, or days (again, I’m not judging), worth of wine exploring and drinking.
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