Great wines don’t have to be expensive to be enjoyable. Let’s be real, not everyone can afford a fancy wine cellar full of high-priced bottles. But that doesn’t mean you should settle for bad, cheap wine.
Try these lovelies for your next soiree!
(Columbia Valley, Washington)
Pairs Well With: Beef, Pork, Venison, Pasta
This inviting and versatile Cab from Washington State’s founding winery has plenty of complexity, silky smooth tannins, and concentrated fruit. The 2015 vintage was just released as a limited edition, 50th Anniversary Special Bottling and features the original label from the first 1967 vintage.
If you’d like a dinner suggestion, try it with this: Pasta with Braised Pork, Red Wine, and Pancetta.
Pairs Well With: Salmon, Chicken, Turkey
Another super versatile red, this light-medium bodied, bright Pinot Noir goes well with almost any dinner. We especially love it with grilled salmon. It’s unpretentious, yet delicious.
Think ripe, sweet cherries, raspberries, and chocolate. On the go? This super approachable wine is also available in cans.
(Wahluke Slope, Columbia Valley, Washington)
Pairs Well With: Beef, Venison
Not to be confused with Limburger, aka stinky cheese, Lemberger may surprise you with its vibrant and well-balanced palate. This signature, award-winning wine is a bright, medium-bodied, fruit-forward red with an earthy sensibility.
While Lemberger grapes are relatively obscure, they flourish on Red Mountain, and Kiona is the go-to for this varietal.
Pairs Well With: Salads, Green Vegetables, Seafood, Fresh Goat Cheese
This Sauvignon Blanc, characterized by enticing citrus aromas, exhibits the freshness, intensity, and elegance one should expect from French wine. Made with organic grapes, this dry, white wine is one of our favorites to have with shellfish.
(Russian River Valley, California)
Pairs Well With: Mushrooms, Seafood
A Gold medal winner at Los Angeles International Wine Competition in 2016, this chardonnay is both balanced and elegant. It features a beautifully complex array of fruit – roasted pear, Gravenstein apple, nectarines, and a bit of lemony acidity.
These fruit flavors are neatly complemented by toasted oak, vanilla, and perhaps a slight hint of Crème Brulee. It’s fruity, smooth, and best of all it’s also totally affordable. We love it with lobster.