Didn’t get the summer vacation you hoped? For under $50, our wine picks can help transport you to France, Spain or Italy — and you won’t even have to leave your home. Uncorking a bottle unleashes an adventure around the globe. Geography plays such a vital role in the experience of drinking wine. In an instant, you can be whisked away to the Rhone Valley or Iberian Peninsula. Drinking these wines all represent their geography very well. And they are great additions to a wine cellar! So, here are our best wine picks under $50 (plus a few good pairing ideas):
There are three major regions for red wine are Bordeaux, Burgundy, and the Rhone. Let’s visit with a couple of picks from each of those beautiful and abundant regions.
From Bordeaux: This large wine-producing region sits on the Atlantic Coast of France.
- Chateau Clarke Baron Edmond de Rothschild 2009
Enjoy this lush wine paired with French-inspired dishes such as Ratatouille, goat cheese, and lamb.
Red Burgundy: We head to the eastern region of France where the red Burgundies are made from Pinot Noir grapes.
- Jean-Philippe Marchand 'Sous Lavieres' Savigny Les Beaune Vieilles Vignes 2009
Light, nuanced and a great match for grilled Ahi Tuna and asparagus.
Rhone Valley: Let’s head to southern France now.
- Chateau Cabrieres Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2013
We love this wine and you will too. Rich and full-bodied, pairs best with grilled steaks, venison, lamb or duck.
- Domaine Pontifical Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2011
Smooth, velvety and perfect with any red meat dish. You’ll be deeply satisfied.
Let’s head to some of the oldest wine producing regions in the world, where food and wine are a passion.
- Beni di Batasiolo Barolo 2010
We’re in Northern Italy where this fantastic wine is perfect with a plate of polenta with mushrooms.
If you’ve been California dreaming, here are a couple of wines you’ll want to pick up ASAP.
- Carpe Diem Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Seize the day and enjoy this now. Big, beautiful and classic. Heat the grill and enjoy a Rib Eye with this.
- Tobias Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
We have this extraordinary wine available right now with great savings. Pick up a case now and thank us later. Juicy. Medium-bodied. Roast beef or a file mignon work well.
SpainNearly 3-million acres of land are planted with wine-producing grapes. Imagine rolling hills of vineyards.
- La Rioja Alta 'Vina Arana' Reserva 2004
North central Spain where this earthy and spicy wine make it perfect for any charcoal grilled meat and aged cheese.
- Sierra Cantabria Reserva Unica 2007
Not too heavy, not too light, this medium-bodied wine is delicious. It would be perfect with roast turkey.
All of these wonderful wines can be found starting at $20, and none of them more than $50. Best yet, they can all be delivered right to your door in as little as 20 minutes, so you can begin your armchair vacation right away.
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