Finding the right wine can be intimidating! Wine expert Leslie Sbrocco and Ray Isle, executive wine editor at Food & Wine magazine, share their picks for wines that are great for entertaining — and sipping on at home for a night in.
Watch the video to see them answer viewer's questions on wine pairings, and check out more info on some of their favorite wines below:
2015 Decoy Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma County, California $19-20
This is what wine tastes like when fruitiness meets freshness. A white that captures the grape variety’s citrus vibrancy, it complements fresh goat cheese and balances fiery fish tacos. Decoy is a member of California wine royalty, too, as part of the Duckhorn family of wines. It over-delivers in quality making it what I call it a “twice-the-price” pick. Impressive enough for a gift bottle, but affordable enough to sip on Tuesday night with takeout.
2015 Chateau Bonnet Rosé, Bordeaux, France $15-17
Dry roséis not just a summer sipper. I’m a believer in drinking pink all year round and I’m not the only one – dry rosé is the fastest growing category in the $10-20 price range. This classy, garnet-hued wine is an equal blend of merlot and cabernet sauvignon grown in the Bordeaux region of France. The historic Lurton family has owned Chateau Bonnet since 1897, but this wine is a thoroughly modern take on rosé. Packed with red berry fruit notes that invite enjoying glass after glass, it also sports complexity that most pinks would envy.
2014 Vietti Barbera D’Asti Tre Vigne $19
Vietti’s, in Italy’s Piedmont region, is famous for their high-end Barolos, and you get a sense of why that’s so with this impressive but affordable Barbera. It’s bright and lively, a great Italian red that would be perfect with any kind of cheese plate.
2014 Purple Heart Napa Valley Red $19
A powerful blend of merlot and cabernet sauvignon, this wine is cool for two reasons: 1) it’s hard to find ANY wine out of Napa Valley for under $20, much less one as good as this one; 2) a portion of the proceeds from the wine ($20,000 so far in 2016) go to the Purple Heart Foundation, which provides support for US veterans in need. And, the wine was actually made by two veterans: Ray Coursen, who served in Vietnam, and David Grega, who served in Iraq.