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Posted by lindsey55, Dec 21, 2009.

Hi. I just joined this web-site tonight and I think I am going to like it! I love learning about wine, what I like and even what I don't. In wine tasting I have learned that my tastes usally are more than what my pocket book can afford. Any suggestions on bigger reds in the $15 to $20 range?

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Reply by Yum yum01, Dec 21, 2009.

Hi, I just joined last night myself! For everyday table wine drinking I like Woodbridge By Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon. It's very good for its price! Not sure what type or style of bigger red wine you like to drink, but feel free to let me know!

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Reply by GregT, Dec 21, 2009.

Look to Australia and Argentina. Both produce jammy big reds for great prices. YumYum, for roughly the same price as the Woodbridge, you can find something like Wishing Tree from Australia or some decent malbecs from Argentina. The problem with CA is that the costs are higher to start - land and labor, and then you figure in the low exchange rate for Argentina, and that's where you end up with bargains. That might change in a few years so take advantage of it now. Chilean wines tend to be a bit greener and herbal, so if you like that, it's another place to look, but they're rarely as ripe as the Argentine side of the mountains.

Washington also produces wines that are pretty good for under $20 - anything from the Chateau St Michelle people, which includes Columbia Crest. Also Covey Run, Hogue, Cougar Crest.

And of course Spain produces lovely inexpensive wines, as does the south of France. Look for some garnacha from Spain, some crianza, or from France, something from Cotes du Rhone or Languedoc. Those will fit your budget. I'll let someone else give you specific names, there are just too many to list.

Cheers!

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Reply by Muchkabouche, Dec 21, 2009.

Welcome to Snooth! I am not sure what your definition of a "big" red wine is, but I do love a big red, especially in the $15 range. If you like a rounded, brambly mouthful, Bogle Phantom is good. Their Petite Syrah is a little more acid, but still a nice spicy wine that may fill the bill. Cline has an old vines Zinfandel. Marietta Lot 49, a meritage of reds, is full bodied, but more full fruit, almost juicy. If you want a HUGE red, I just tried Spelletich Alviso Vineyards Zinfandel, right around $22. Rosenblum has a Cuvee Zinfandel that is big. Those are my regulars, always in the cellar, most under $20.

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Reply by amour, Dec 22, 2009.

Suggesting....DUCRU-BEAUCAILLOU ST. JULIEN 2006 FRANCE (PRICEY)
ON WINE SPECTATOR LIST.

2005 DELORD COTES de BORDEAUX is quite low-priced.......NEEDS SOME AIR TO SOFTEN...but perfect with steak. CHEERS!

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Reply by cigarman168, Dec 23, 2009.

Welcome to Snooth! Since I am not in the States, I can suggest you go for Chilean Reds. Good QPR.

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Reply by beholder20, Dec 26, 2009.

Hi welcome to snooth...you also try big reds in Indian wine brands like 'Madera'..'4 seasons'..'Sula'..'Grover'..to name a few..and I'm sure they wouldn't loosen your purse strings.

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Cheers,
Deepak

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Reply by Drunk as a Skunk, Dec 27, 2009.

Welcome lindsey, lots of good suggestions already. I'd skip the Columbia Crest and try the rest.

skunk

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Reply by VegasOenophile, Dec 27, 2009.

Yes, WA has some great red blends that are big and bold, as does CA. I'd check out Trader Joe's and see about some of their meritage wines. Chariot makes The Gypsy, which is a great red blend and under $10! Best bet is to explore and just buy some to try. I can see your plight though, it can be hard to find any big reds for a lower price! Sometimes at TJs you can find a heavy duty Barolo or Barbera or even a bigger style syrah. Do some digging and be sure to let us know what you find.

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Reply by amour, Jan 2, 2010.

IF YOU DID TRY WINES OF CHILE THEN BY NOW YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN INTRODUCED TO THE CONCHA Y TORA WINES OF CHILE !!!!
VERY GOOD INDEED....VARIOUS AFFORDABLE PRICES BY ANY GLOBAL EVALUATION !
CHEERS!

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Reply by VegasOenophile, Jan 2, 2010.

I'll second that. Concha Y Toro produces some great stuff within the $20 range and less.

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Reply by cigarman168, Jan 2, 2010.

Casillero del Diablo, Frontera are all good price. And can spend more for their Almaviva : a joint production of Concha y Toro with Baron Philippe de Rothschild starting in 1995.

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Reply by Lucha Vino, Jan 3, 2010.

I agree on the Concha y Toro. Every red wine I have had from them has been good and very affordable. Malbec is another varietal to check out, typically from Argentina and I have many good ones for less than $10 / bottle.

Cheers!

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Reply by amour, Jan 3, 2010.

Do not miss out on MALBEC WINES from the CAHORS REGION of FRANCE.
There was even an INTERNATIONAL MALBEC EVENT THERE RECENTLY.
Cheers!!!


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