Paxis Red Blend is a very good, medium-body wine with a name and label inspired by a physical, occasionally violent British children’s game.
Domaine Bousquet’s Reserve Malbec is a soft, medium-bodied red wine with a silky finish and aromas and flavors of roasted mushrooms and red berries, a well-suited drink for holiday meals.
Bread & Butter Pinot Noir is a juicy wine packed with red cherry and raspberry aromas and flavors that make it an excellent inexpensive companion for the rich complexities of a holiday meal.
Colossal Reserva is an award-winning red wine that’s full of plum and blackberry flavors, making it an excellent cool-weather choice with grilled meats, flavorful cheeses and the diverse fare of a holiday meal.
This juicy, bourbon-barrel-aged red wine is an excellent choice to accompany pulled pork, ribs or hearty stews and soups. It’s not a cheese and cracker, light-sipping, salad wine. It is so full of rich flavor that it’ll knock your socks off.
Apothic Red is not some small-batch, hand-crafted boutique wine. It’s a grocery store wine, available almost anyplace that sells alcohol, and it’s one of the best selling red blends in the country.
Moulin de Gassac Guilhem Red, a soft, delicate wine with flavors and aromas of berries and spice, is produced by one of the most celebrated family-owned wineries in France.
Bonterra Cabernet Sauvignon is not only a very fine, complex red wine with nuanced flavors and aromas, but it’s also made from grapes that are grown organically, a true bonus.
Winemakers often will add oak chips, oak powder or oak staves to wine aging in stainless steel casks. As a rule, I’m not a fan of these methods — it seems like cheating.
The reasonably-priced Farmhouse red first came to my attention because it was made by a family-owned California producer known for quality wines.