Wines for people who don't know wine, but want to
Look, I'm no connoisseur. My intro to wine was Woodbridge White Zin & I'm currently enjoying their pinot grigio (with ice) in a plastic cup (mom taught me well). That said, I love the craft and chemistry. Here's a short list of wines for under $20 that taste lovely & will make your guests think you know the deal.
- •Apothic WineThey are ALL delicious, but opt for the Apothic Crush for those unused to dry reds. This blend strikes a nice balance between fruit flavor & dryness. It and the Winemakers Red are my favorite wines. The Dark is my choice on nights I want something richer and more velvety
- •Santa MargheritaThis pinot grigio is not overly sweet, as some are. This is not a pinot I put ice in. You get a hint of dry, but a new wine drinker won't be overwhelmed.
- •Lucky Duck MalbecOk for real, I bought it for $4 at Walmart after a particularly bad Tinder date. I figured my night couldn't get worse anyway. It actually got much better. This was a tremendous surprise of blackberry notes and dark cherry nose. Nomnomnom
- •Nissley Winery Rhapsody in BlueGotta order this one unless you live in Central Pennsylvania. This white blend is a remarkable sweet kiss, but is a semi-dry wine. It's been a few years since I've gotten to have it. I miss it. If you like the idea of drinking a cherry pie, get their Country Cherry.
- •Mount Hope Winery VignolesAnother Central PA wine, this is on the sweeter end of the whites, but is great for dessert or for the wine drinker with a sweet tooth. Their Concord is excellent too.. Tastes like Welchs grape juice.... Only wine.
- •Caduceus Cellars AnubisIt's been a few years since I was in Jerome, Arizona at the Merkin Vineyards tasting room, but I remember that we bought two bottles of the Anubis wine. Judith was an exciting wine as well. With shipping, these will be over the $20 mark
- •I'm not paid by them, I just loved their program. I got to try a lot of very different wines that I wouldn't have otherwise by becoming an Angel for a couple months. You can buy private wines for under $10. If you're looking to immerse yourself in random grapes, this is a great place to start.