You’ll find a few good reds in the $15 price range with Zinfandel leading the way. Smoking Loon offers Zin with Beaujolais drinkability. Fun party, or week-night red. Zinfatuation lives up to its name – fruity, spicy, yummy and seductive.
Ravenswood have always been the ‘heartbeat’ of Zin, irreverent, rich red that just wants to have fun. If Cabernet is about power, Zin is Pop Art – the Andy Warhol of red wines. 181 Cellars Merlot combines a solid, earthy character with this grape’s usually plummy, lovely quality. Could be related to Zin.
Pinot Noir is always expensive, but Bonterra’s organic offering would be a delicious light red partner for a Summer salmon BBQ. Lightly chilled of course.
SMOKING LOON 10 Zinfandel ‘Old Vine’, California 272393 $14.95
TRINCHERO ‘ZINFATUATION’ 10 Zinfandel, Amador County, California 274746 $16.95
RAVENSWOOD 10 Zinfandel ‘Vintners Blend’, California 359257 Vintages Essentials $17.95
181 WINE CELLARS 10 Merlot, Lodi, California 226530 $16.95
BONTERRA 10 Pinot Noir, Mendocino, California (Organic) 317685 Vintages $19.95