Taste Test: Our Guide to the Best Products at the Supermarket

There are tens of thousands of products on supermarket shelves; let us help you pick the best—in both taste and nutrition. After booting out foods that don't fit our nutrition standards, products are served to a Cooking Light staff tasting panel for blind taste tests. Here are the winning products in a variety of categories.

2013 Taste Test Awards: Fast, Convenient Foods

We chose our top 41 supermarket foods in 20 categories. By: Cindy Hatcher

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Boxed Merlot
Photo: Randy Mayor

Boxed Merlot

GRAND PRIZE WINNER: Black Box 2011

A rich, balanced wine with dried cherry and oak in nice accord. Warm and spicy on the first sip with a finish that lingers beautifully. It wants to hang out with a meaty dish, like spaghetti and meatballs or beef bourguignonne.

TASTE TEST AWARD: Carlo Rossi

A great option if you think you don't like merlot—it's the right mix of spice and floral sweetness, with slight vanilla undertones. Try it with balsamic-glazed chicken or something on the spicy side, like pasta arrabbiata.

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