Wine Find: Recommendations for value wines

  • Wine Find: 2013 Rickshaw Pinot Noir

    Wine Find: 2013 Rickshaw Pinot Noir

    From: California Price: $21 Serve with: Almost anything but shellfish My final recommendation as The Baltimore Sun's wine reviewer is a pure, vibrant, exciting pinot noir with penetrating black cherry and earthy flavors. Despite the California appellation, it's as fine as many pinot noirs from...

  • Wine Find: 2012 Field Blend Mendocino Biodynamic Red

    Wine Find: 2012 Field Blend Mendocino Biodynamic Red

    From: Mendocino County, Calif. Price: $16 Serve with: Red meats, pasta, roast chicken If you love red wine but it gives you headaches, this may be the wine for you. It's advertised as being free of sulfite, the preservative that is the culprit behind the headaches. Made by the well-known organic...

  • Wine Find: 2012 J. Lohr Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon

    Wine Find: 2012 J. Lohr Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon

    J. Lohr is one of California's more dependable large, midpriced wineries, and this cabernet upholds the winery's tradition. It's a full-bodied, chunky red wine —not elegant, but authoritative. It delivers generous black cherry, wild berry, game and earthy flavors. One advantage with this wine is...

  • Wine Find: 2012 Les Heretiques

    Wine Find: 2012 Les Heretiques

    From: Pays d'Herault, France Price: $13 Serve with: Roast poultry, pork This medium-bodied red wine made from the carignan grape is a heretically fine deal from the south of France. It's a medium-bodied wine with bright black raspberry fruit and some delicious meaty, earthy overtones. It bears...

  • Wine Find: 2013 Casata Parini Miraggio

    Wine Find: 2013 Casata Parini Miraggio

    From: Terre di Chieti, Abruzzo, Italy Price: $9 Serve with: Pasta, pizza, burgers There is no pretense about this inexpensive red wine from a little-known corner of Italy. It's a medium-bodied, rustic, fruity, earthy, peasant-style wine that makes up in homespun charm what it lacks in complexity....

  • Wine Find: 2013 Manoir de Carra 'Non-Filtre' Beaujolais-Villages

    Wine Find: 2013 Manoir de Carra 'Non-Filtre' Beaujolais-Villages

    From: Beaujolais, France Price: $14 Serve with: Roast chicken, grilled tuna steak This is an exceptional, unfiltered Beaujolais-Villages that could easily be mistaken for one of the more prestigious names of the region such as Fleurie or Chiroubles. Its wonderful floral aroma sets the stage for...

  • Wine Find: 2012 Lechuza Garnacha

    Wine Find: 2012 Lechuza Garnacha

    From: Carinena, Spain Price: $13 Serve with: Hearty beef or lam stews, chili Is there any red wine that provides more uninhibited fun in its youth than a Spanish garnacha? This lush, charming red wine is just bursting with flavors of blueberry, blackberry, game, herbs and smoked meat. Behind the...

  • Wine Find: 2013 Secateurs Chenin Blanc

    Wine Find: 2013 Secateurs Chenin Blanc

    From: Swartland, South Africa Price: $18 Serve with: Shellfish, chicken Chenin blanc may be underappreciated in California, but in South Africa it's the premier white wine grape. This wine, from Baderhorst Family Wines, displays vibrant flavors of grapefruit, lime, lemon zest, kiwi and mint. It...

  • Wine Find: 2013 Wente "Morning Fog" Chardonnay

    Wine Find: 2013 Wente "Morning Fog" Chardonnay

    From: Livermore Valley, Calif. Price: $15 Serve with: Salmon, ham, poultry To say I was impressed by this chardonnay from one of California's oldest wineries is an understatement. It has everything so many ponderous, serious chardonnays lack. It has real snap, a live-wire electric character that...

  • Wine Find: 2013 Handcraft 'Artisan Collection' Chardonnay

    Wine Find: 2013 Handcraft 'Artisan Collection' Chardonnay

    From: California Price: $13 Serve with: Salmon, ham, oyster stew A dollop of malvasia bianca adds just the right note of fruit and liveliness to this well-made, impeccably balanced chardonnay at a moderate price. It's clean and refreshing, with light oak and vibrant lemon, apple and nut flavors....

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