There are so many great red wines to choose from! It’s hard to pick just ten, but below are a few favorites in no particular order.
1) Domaine Comte Abbatucci’s ‘Rouge Frais Impérial’ red wine from Corsica is a great light-bodied summer red wine. The wines are fresh and gentle, and the original founder happened to be one of Napoleon’s closest friends – in fact, his name is inscribed on the Arc de Triomphe! It’s $26, available here.
2) If you like Syrah, Stolpman’s Syrah from Ballard Canyon (in Santa Barbara County) is excellent. Their entry-level bottling straddles that balance between offering plush fruit as well as nuance and minerality. The wine is $26, available here.
3) Adi Badenhorst (of South Africa) makes a beautifully accessible ‘red blend’ from Swartland, South Africa. It’s only $12 per bottle, available here.
4) I love the wines and narratives of the La Posta line-up from Argentina. The ‘Paulucci’ vineyard, made from Malbec grapes near Mendoza, Argentina, is a particular favorite, and it’s a steal at $12/ bottle. available here.
5) A crazy-good Pinot Noir (from a totally unexpected place) is the Enderle & Moll winery in Baden, Germany. If you’re thinking to yourself ‘German Pinot Noir, not for me’ – give these a try anyway. They’re gorgeous! And the entry-level bottling is only $25, available here.
6) A recent new favorite is sort of quirky – it’s Michael Cruse’s ‘Valdigué’ from Napa Valley in California. Valdigué is also known as ‘Napa Gamay’ – and this expression is bright, fruit-driven, fun and elegant. It’s $30, available here.
7) Speaking of Gamay, this is one of the best red grapes to drink during the summer thanks to its bright acidity and low tannins. Anne-Sophie Dubois, based in the village of Fleurie, in the Beaujolais region, makes one of the most beautiful examples of Gamay I’ve tasted. Her ‘l’Alchemiste’ bottling is $26, available here.
8) If you like Pinot Noir, I love Domaine de la Côte ‘Sta. Rita Hills’ Pinot Noir from Santa Barbara. It’s one of the purest expressions of Pinot Noir on the market right now. The cost is $45, available here.
9) Another Island wine to which I’m partial: Bellus’ ‘Scopello’ made from 100% organically grown Frappato grapes in Vittoria, Sicily. Think of Frappato as a sister of Pinot Noir. They’re both nuanced, delicate, somewhat high-maintenance from a viticulture perspective, and incredibly quaffable when done right. (We also donate a percentage of proceeds here to Nomogaia, an NGO that pushes multi-national corporations to respect human rights.) It’s $20.99, available here.
10) I’ll also include our Bellus ‘Girasole, made from organically-grown Sangiovese grapes in the Tuscan hills. It’s a project we make with a partner in Montaione, and we donate a percentage of proceeds to the Tory Burch Foundation. It’s $21, available here.
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Need some good wine glasses? Here are the best wine glasses, also from Jordan Salcito.