Great wine doesn’t have to be expensive or hard to pronounce. Join Master Sommelier Fred Dex, a.k.a. The Juice Man for accessible, one-minute wine reviews that totally rock, and up your wine drinking game.
Cune Rioja Crianza 2016
Cune Rioja Crianza 2016 – Spain
CVNE is one of the most consistent wineries that makes wines in Rioja, Spain. This wine is made more traditionally and shows classic Rioja aromas of dried berries, leather, cedar, and tobacco. This wine is perfect for grilled lamb!
Retail price: ~$16
Paolo Scavino Vino Rosso 2017
Paolo Scavino Vino Rosso 2019 – Piedmont
Paolo Scavino is one of the great producers, in one of the top wine regions in the world, Barolo. This fun blend of Nebbiolo, Barbera, and Dolcetto is a charming wine with flavors of fresh blueberries, black plums, and lavender. Drink this with fresh pasta and grilled veggies!
Retail price: ~$20
Forlorn Hope Queen of the Sierra 2017 (California)
Forlorn Hope Queen of the Sierra 2017 – California
Forlorn Hope is one of the great wineries to emerge out of the “New California” movement of winemaking that makes wines from unique varieties, in unique ways. This blend of Zinfandel, Trousseau, and Mondeuse is a perfect summer red wine; it’s bursting with flavors of dried cherries, raspberries, with a little bit of funk to it. Drink this with dry-aged burgers!
Retail price: ~$22
Crazy for Carmenere
Casa Silva Los Lingues Carmenere 2018 – Wines of Chile
Casa Silva was the first winery in Chile to see the ultimate potential of Carmenere when developing an experimental vineyard in 1996.
20 years later, the wines from this vineyard have hit their stride with bold flavors of spiced red and black fruits, Asian spices, dark chocolate, with a rich and round mouthfeel. Drink this with Lamb Burgers!
Retail price: ~ $25
Find it online at: Wine.com
Terrunyo Carmenere 2018 – Wines of Chile
Terrunyo is a high-end Carmenere from Peumo Valley, one of the best spots in Chile to grow Carmenere.
The wine is dense and rich with smoky red and blackberry fruits, smoked herbs, dark chocolate, and crushed rocks. Save this wine for a nicely marbled spice-rubbed ribeye!
Retail price: ~$45
Find in online at: Wine.com
De Martino Legado Carmenere 2018 – Wines of Chile
De Martino was the first winery I ever visited in Chile!
The Legado is unique amongst Carmenere because it is lighter and fresher coming from rockier soils of Maipo. The wine is more cranberry and sweet raspberry, with a slight minty freshness. If you like Loire Valley Cab Franc or lighter St. Emilion from Bordeaux, give this a look~!
Retail price: ~ $25
Find it online at: Wine Searcher
Montes Alpha Carmenere 2018 – Wines of Chile
Montes Alpha was THE first Carmenere that I ever tasted, and one of the most strikingly beautiful vineyards in the world! The Montes Alpha Carmenere is an incredible value for those who love big juicy, structured red wines. It’s full of explosive blue and blackberry fruits, charred herbs, mocha with a chewy, grippy finish. The wine is perfect for southern style whole roasted hog.
Retail price: ~ $20
Find it online at: Wine Chateau