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Looking for an everyday red table wine

Posted by rlm1943, Oct 8, 2014.

Can anyone recommend a good "Diego" Red table wine?

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Reply by dvogler, Oct 8, 2014.

Hello,

Do you know what grapes you like?  With no information to go on, this is difficult.

If you want a good, inexpensive wine, try Spanish, Argentina or Australia.  Get a $10 bottle from each, maybe even a merlot from Washington and then try them side by side (or if that's extravagant, have one with dinner each day and take notes).

There's too much out there to recommend.  There's no magic one that will always be good and cheap.

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Reply by duncan 906, Oct 8, 2014.

I agree with DVOGLER. There are a thousand and one wines from all over the world that could be called 'an everyday red table wine' What is your budget? There are also a thousand and one places we could recommend you go to buy and choose your wine

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Reply by dmcker, Oct 8, 2014.

Not sure what you mean by 'Diego'.

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Reply by EMark, Oct 8, 2014.

Do you think he means Italian?

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Oct 8, 2014.

I thought about that, too, Emark... that was my friend Peter's nickname among our high school circle.  You can imagine what we called the guys with last names Finnerty and Murray.  I was "The Mongrel."

Now, if the original poster would just check back in... but if you're looking for a daily red from Italy, you have lots of choices.  Dolcetto, Barbera, Chianti... and if you like Sangio, there's less expensive Morellino di Scansano and the other wines from that part of Tuscany.  So, without knowing more, let me suggest Erik Banti's Carato, a very inexpensive and tasty (and pretty darn typical) Sangio based blend. If you can find it on sale, how about Contemassi, Toscana Red IGT, another Sangio blend with a little Merlot (best use of Merlot is to soften Sangio with just a few percent in the mix--keeps the Sangio typicity while easing the acids back a bit). Look around and it will be on sale somewhere.

Or did the OP mean wine from a guy named Diego, or for a guy named Diego?  Or maybe from San Diego, or bottled by Daigeo? 

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Reply by rlm1943, Oct 8, 2014.

I do apologize for my lack of wine knowledge, and I thank all who have posted responses.

When I was a child (am 71 now), we used to have red wine on the table at all meals, my dad referred to it as "diego red wine" back then it came in gallon jugs,  it was very dry with a great flavor, I have since bought different chianti wines trying to reproduce a remembered flavor with no luck.  I hope this will help in trying to explain what I am searching for.

I thank all of you for sharing your knowledge with me.

Bob

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Reply by dvogler, Oct 8, 2014.

Stay away from the gallon jugs Bob.  Leave those to memories  :)

 

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Reply by rlm1943, Oct 8, 2014.

I think I have figured that out DVOGLER.  thanks

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Oct 8, 2014.

Unless you live near Dry Creek Valley--I think this is exactly what you are looking for:

 

 

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Reply by dvogler, Oct 9, 2014.

Holy Spam!

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Reply by EMark, Oct 9, 2014.

RLM, if you are truly looking for Italian red wines, then you can't go wrong with Foxall's suggestions.

For domestic wines that have pretty wide distribution, come at a very reasonalbe tariff and would be fine for "everyday" consumption, I would suggest that you look for examples from Bogle.  I have been perfectly happy with their Zinfandel and their Petite Sirah.  I'm pretty sure these come in right around $10.  For a few bucks more, they have some red blends called Essential Red and Phantom.

Good luck, and let us know if any of these suggestions work out.  Actually, if you find that any of these suggestions totally suck, you can come back and tell us that, also.  ;-)

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Reply by dmcker, Oct 9, 2014.

When I was a child (am 71 now), we used to have red wine on the table at all meals, my dad referred to it as "diego red wine" back then it came in gallon jugs,

 

I think the term you are looking for is 'Dago' Red, rather than (San) Diego. 'Dago' in general is not at all PC these days, but 'Dago Red' has tended to be more a term of endearment.

Even Coppola has come out with a more-than-drinkable gallon jug wine, but these pix are from a winery in Healdsburg....

 

 

Then again there's always this wine. Decades ago I helped kill off a few bottles, though nowadays I would find it a bit sweet...

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Oct 10, 2014.

Okay, Vogler, I banned the spammer.  Wow, that was bad.

DMcker, my link was to an article about Preston.  Lou is one of my heroes.  But I have yet to buy the jug wine.  It's a great story.  His place is great, growing all kinds of stuff.  Wines are pretty good, I especially like the M white wine.  Great with shellfish, esp oysters.  If it warms up again, I'll be heading to the Ferry Bldg and Hog Island's outpost there, downing it with sparkling, muscadet, or Preston.  Bring back the sun!

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Reply by dmcker, Oct 10, 2014.

Skimmed past, didn't even notice that the 'this' was highlighted in your post, Fox.

There are some other wines in jugs out there, that are really not bad.

The aforementioned Coppola 'Carmine:

 

Something from Bedrock (technically 'Sherman & Hooker's Shebang) though I don't know if he still puts it out in jugs as opposed to one-liter bottles (about $16 and a decent option in this price-range as a zin-based field blend):

And this one, though you should talk to OT about  sourcing it:

 

Oh yeah, don't think I was running down Carlo Rossi all that much, please. As with many wines we've discussed, it used to be a bit better than it is now, but it still works pretty well for sangria in the summer and mulled wine in the winter.

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Reply by zufrieden, Oct 10, 2014.

Every day, try something different within your price range... after just a little research.  That should solve your issue admirably!

;-)

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Oct 12, 2014.

Zuf:  Bingo!

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Reply by Wineogre, Oct 13, 2014.

What about Jacobs Creek Shiraz/Cabernet blend, which is USD$4.99 a bottle? Or Yellowtail Shiraz/Cabernet, Cabernet, or Shiraz or Deakin Estate Shiraz (2010, 2012,2013)?

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Reply by dmcker, Oct 13, 2014.

Dude, you're really recommending critter wines, those beasties that first uplifted then sank the Aussie wine industry??  ;-) 

Jacobs Creek has decent offerings, haven't had the Deakin. Any others you'd recommend? The jug wines above (except for--but maybe including the Carlo Rossi) are well better than Yellowtail. We were talking about lower-end Penfolds in another thread....

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Reply by Wineogre, Oct 13, 2014.

I was only recommending the larger brands because I assumed the jug wines were volume sellers. Penfolds Thomas Hyland Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz, Penfolds Rawsons Retreat Cabernet/Shiraz Blend  and straight Cabernet and Shiraz, but for the extra money Penfolds Kalimna Shiraz 2010 is better.

http://www.winehouse.com.au/search.asp?s=Penfolds%20Bin%2028

Di Giorgio from Coonawarra do Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz  and his Frank Red from moderate price points to more expensive. https://www.digiorgio.com.au/catalogue/product_category.php?category=1&sel_start=15

Tyrrells Lost Block Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 and Old Winery 2012 or Brokenback Shiraz 2011http://www.tyrrells.com.au/wines/2011-brokenback-shiraz 

Sirromet are doing a 6 pack of mixed reds http://www.sirromet.com/shop/sirromet-red-6-pack/w1/i1080557_1034971/


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