Oh, hey there! If you’re reading this, then chances are you’ve made it through half your week and it’s time to celebrate with a glass of wine. A #winedownwednesday pick should be a no-fuss wine at an affordable price point. During your next trip to the wine store, consider these recommendations for your perfect weeknight red.
An Italian classic, Chianti wines are made from Sangiovese grapes grown in the rolling hills of Tuscany. Your local wine shop may carry a selection of Chiantis, based on varying classifications, which indicate barrel age and quality. I would select a 6-month aged “Chianti” or 1-year aged “Chianti Classico” for a weeknight. Hold the “Chianti Riserva” or “Chianti Gran Selezione” for a special occasion.
Tasting Notes: Red berry fruits, spice, smoke
Food pairings: Pasta with tomato sauce, Pizza
A Chilean Cabernet from the Central Valley boasts big red fruit flavors thanks to the plentiful sunshine in this growing region. While there are a ton of Cabernet Sauvignon options available, Chilean Cabs from the Central Valley will produce good quality wines at an affordable price point. Fire up the grill! It’s only right that you drink this with a hearty steak.
Region: Chile (Central Valley)
Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon
Tasting Notes: Red fruit, vanilla, clove
Food pairings: Red meats, pork
Beaujolais...the no-brainer option! Long considered an easy drinking wine, Beaujolais is produced from the Gamay grape, which exudes pleasant bright red fruit aromas and flavors. I would choose one classified as “Beaujolais Villages” or “Beaujolais Superier”. Yes, the French also love to complicate...I mean, classify their wines!
Region: France (South of Burgundy)
Tasting Notes: Raspberry, Cherry, Cranberry, Bubble gum
Food pairings: Just about anything
All good things begin with a glass of vino.
I currently hold a Level 2 Intermediate Certificate from the Wine & Spirits Education Trust.