We continue our series focusing on high quality wines, with wide distribution, that can be found for $20 or less. This week were going all international with our picks. So add them to your shopping list, scoff at those more expensive bottles, and enjoy quality, even on a budget!
Condes de Albarei 2014 Albariño
Grape(s): 100% Albariño
Region: DO Rías Baixas, Spain
Peaches and grapefruits play well together on the nose. A bright, crisp acidity shows itself on the palate as ample peach, lemon, and grapefruit flavors co-mingle with mineral accents. If you love seafood, this is a wine to put on your shopping list.
Brancaia 2013 TRE Rosso
Grape(s): 80% Sangiovese, 10% Merlot, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
Region: Toscana, Italy
Lose yourself in ripe cherries with accents of herbs and rose petals on the nose. Those lush cherry flavors dominate the palate, but there’s some nice undertones of floral earth and fresh thyme. More fruit-driven than most of its Italian comrades, match it with chicken cacciatore.
Amalaya 2015 Malbec
Grape(s): 85% Malbec, 10% Tannat & 5% Syrah
Region: Salta, Argentina
A mix of floral and fruity comprises the nose as blueberries and blackberries meet violets and rose petals. Cocoa tannins frame blueberry, blackberry, and dark cherry flavors that are complicated by floral earth, game, and anise notes on the palate. Rich and layered for Malbec in its price range, it will pair very nicely with your favorite Mexican dish.