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15 Great Red Wines For $15 & Under

WINES THAT TASTE LIKE A SPLURGE

Article by Gaby Talarico

Photography by Gaby Talarico

If you are a wino like me, you are always looking for that next best red wine that will go best with dinner that night. I am also a bargain shopper, so I do not want to use my whole paycheck on my love for wine. This is how I have found some great red wines that won't break the bank!

Stampede Bold - Red Blend 14 Hands Winery Columbia Valley 2016

Body: Medium Body, very smooth wine

Taste: Cherry, smoky notes, vanilla oak

Tannins: Low tannins

Cost: $12-$15 depending on your store

Food Pairing Ideas:

  • Lasagna or Spaghetti and Meatballs
  • Vodka Sauce Pasta with Chicken
  • Chili
  • Steak
  • Pizza
  • A Good Burger
  • Cheddar or Gouda Cheese (if doing a charcuterie board)

Projection 2018 - Cabernet Sauvignon California Winemakers Cut

Body: Full body, resembles a Merlot, very smooth wine

Taste: Chocolate, ripe blackberries, black cherry

Tannins: Low tannins

Cost: $11-$15 depending on your store

Food Pairing Ideas:

  • Red Sauced Pasta...Maybe with Meatballs or Sausage!
  • Steak
  • Chicken Parmesan
  • Mushroom Dishes
  • Lamb
  • Ahi Tuna

Corte Corsano - Chianti Classico 2016

Body: Medium body, resembles a pinot more than a chianti

Taste: Oak and barrel notes, slight tobacco undertones

Tannins: Medium tannins

Cost: $11-$15 depending on your store

Food Pairing Ideas:

  • Pizza
  • Pesto Pasta
  • Bolognese Pasta
  • Soups - Pasta Fagioli, Lentil, split pea with ham
  • Pecorino Cheeses and other Nutty/Salty Hard Cheeses
  • Salami and Soppressata
  • Pork Sausage
  • Roasted Duck
  • Sweet & Sour Chicken
  • Chicken Francese or Chicken Picatta

Montepulciano D’abruzzo feudi del duca - Red Blend

Body: light body, between a pinot and a cabernet sauvignon

Taste: Oak/woodsy with slight blackberry and cherry notes

Tannins: Low tannins

Cost: $10

Food Pairing Ideas:

  • Sautéed Pork Chop and/or Stuffed Pork Chops with Cheese!
  • Short Ribs with Mashed Potatoes
  • Sausage and Peppers
  • Marsala or Parmesan Chicken
  • Ravioli or Tortellini with Red Sauce and Parmesan Cheese

19 Crimes - Red Blend

Body: Medium Body, smooth

Taste: Cherry and oak with vanilla and spice

Tannins: Low tannins

Cost: $10-$12 depending on your store

Food Pairing Ideas:

  • Roasted Chicken with Scalloped or Mashed Potatoes
  • Bone-in or Boneless Pork Chops
  • Grilled Chicken Thighs
  • Teriyaki Chicken and/or Salmon
  • Sausage and Peppers
  • Creamy Pasta and Vodka Sauced Pastas

Carnivore Bourbon Barrel Aged - Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Body: Full body, and very smooth

Taste: A latte coffee, very ripe plum, vanilla, sweet berries

Tannins: Low tannins

Cost: $14-$17 depending on your store

Food Pairing Ideas:

  • Steak
  • Lamb
  • Pasta Dishes: Bolognese, Pesto, Alfredo, Red Sauce and Meatballs, Lasagna
  • Red and White Sauced Pizza
  • Grilled Cheese with Cheddar Cheese
  • Steak Fajitas
  • Bbq or Balsamic Chicken Thighs
  • Charcuterie Board with Cheddar, Pecorino and Parmesan Cheeses and Cured Meats

Robert Mondavi - Red Blend

Body: Full body

Taste: Blackberry flavors with spice and woodsy notes. Great smooth wine to have with friends and family.

Tannins: Low tannins

Cost: $12-$14 depending on your store

Food Pairing Ideas:

  • Pizza - Margarita is the best with this one
  • Mac & Cheese
  • Lasagna
  • Potato Gratin
  • Ravioli or tortellini
  • Steak
  • Meatballs & spaghetti or a meatball parm sandwich

Noble Wines 337 - Cabernet Sauvignon

Body: Medium body

Taste: Black Cherry, oak and tobacco with woodsy notes

Tannins: Medium tannins

Cost: $10-$12 depending on your store

Food Pairing Ideas:

  • Short Ribs
  • Prime Rib
  • Lamb Chops
  • Veal Parm
  • Pulled Pork or Jack Fruit (for a vegetarian option)
  • Stroganoff Pasta with a lot of mushrooms
  • Cream of Mushroom Soup

Noble Vines The ONE Black - Red Blend

Body: Full Body

Taste: Blackberry and very ripe cherries with slight peppercorn and oak flavors.

Tannins: Light Tannins

Cost: $10-$12 depending on your store

Food Pairing Ideas:

  • Grilled Pork Chops
  • Grilled Chicken Thighs
  • Tuna Steak
  • Swordfish
  • Spaghetti Bolognese
  • Sausage Stuffed Acorn Squash

Black Ink - Red Blend

Body: Medium body

Taste: Blackberry and oak and spice

Tannins: Light tannins

Cost: $10-$11 depending on your store

Food Pairing Ideas:

  • Hamburgers
  • Grilled Chicken Breast
  • Grilled Chicken Thighs
  • Steak and Broccoli Stir Fry
  • Pizza
  • Pork Fried Rice
  • Red Sauced Pasta Dishes
  • Chicken Parm

The Show - Red Blend

Body: Medium body

Taste: Blackberry, plum, vanilla

Tannins: Medium tannins

Cost: $10-$13 depending on the store

Food Pairing Ideas:

  • Grilled Pork Chops
  • Grilled Chicken Thighs
  • Lamb
  • Burgers & Hot Dogs
  • BBQ!
  • Chicken or Veal Parm
  • Veggie Lasagna
  • Butter Chicken
  • Tikka Masala

Hierogram - Zinfandel

Body: Medium to full body

Taste: Earthy oak, spices, tobacco, black pepper

Tannins: Medium tannins

Cost: $14-$15 depending on your store

Food Pairing Ideas:

  • Risotto
  • Seafood Fra Diablo Pasta
  • Pizza
  • Pork Tenderloin
  • Sausage and Peppers
  • Roasted Duck
  • Steak
  • Ribs

Josh - Cabernet Sauvignon

Body: Medium to full body

Taste: Currant and blackberry with oak and spices

Tannins: Low tannins

Cost: $12-$14 depending on your store

Food Pairing Ideas:

  • Meatloaf
  • Lasagna
  • Steak Tacos
  • Chicken Milanese
  • Veal Parm
  • Baked Honey Mustard Chicken Thighs
  • Teriyaki Marinated and Grilled Flank Steak


Joel Gott - Cabernet Sauvignon

Body: Medium body

Taste: Oak, currants and blackberries

Tannins: Medium tannins

Cost: $12-$14 depending on your store

Food Pairing Ideas:

  • Meatloaf
  • Steak
  • Grilled Chicken Thighs
  • Chicken Parm
  • Meatballs
  • Pork Tenderloin
  • Pork Pho
  • Pork/Steak Ramen
  • Beef and Broccoli - Chinese Food Order
  • Pork Dumplings

Ménage a trois - Cabernet Sauvignon

Body: Full body

Taste: Oak, spice, dark cherry, tobacco

Tannins: Medium tannins

Cost: $12-$14 depending on your store

Food Pairing Ideas:

  • Steak
  • Meatballs
  • Bolognese pasta
  • Pizza!
  • Thai Pork Lettuce Wraps
  • Sausage and Pepper Sandwich
  • Eggplant Lasagna or Eggplant Parm

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