It is cold outside. In fact, it is uncomfortably cold outside. What do you do when its so bitter cold? The only cure for the chills is red, red wine.
There are more and more examples of bold, full bodied, yet easy to drink reds that represent incredible value available everyday. Make your way through the winter months by trying something new. Make the move from your usual $10 California blend to some of the great bargains from France, Italy, and Spain. Eastern Europe has some interesting wines as well. Pick up a bottle of Tikves Vranec from Macedonia. Its similarities to Zinfandel are apparent and striking. I've been drinking through the Monastrell based wines of Spain's Jumilla for everyday sipping for years now. If you haven't given these a shot, check out Bodegas Luzon's Verde bottling. Vinous Media's Josh Raynolds says "serious value alert" of this certified organic daily-drinker. At just $6.95 you can't go wrong. Once you've stocked up on Monastrell, move on to this delicious Bordeaux - Domaine de Bouscat Caduce Bordeaux Superior 2012. Its a steal from one of wine's most celebrated and recognizable production areas. A lot of customers have been thrilled with our recent offer on Di Majo Norante Aglianico Contado Riserva 2010. This is a medium bodied, complex, smooth, bargain that will provide enough warmth to survive the next couple of Arctic-tinged months. Get familiar, notice the differences and the similarities. Maybe set each wine side by side in a blind flight. Perhaps you'll find a new favorite and expand your vinous horizons.
"Opaque ruby. Dark berries and cherry pit on the nose, lifted by a spicy pepper nuance. Smooth and appealingly sweet, offering plump blackberry and cherry flavors and a touch of candied licorice. Dusty tannins sneak in slowly on the finish, adding closing shape and grip."
Wine Advocate 91 "The estate’s 2010 Aglianico del Molise Contado is another wine loaded with personality. Scorched earth, tobacco, incense and smoke are some of the many notes that wrap around a core of intense fruit. Dense, rich and powerful the 2010 should continue to drink well for a number of