Wine and Beer Guide

Whether you are raising your glass for a toast, or pouring it into a stock pot, wine and beer are equally great for cooking and enjoying.

Best Bargain Wines of 2012

If you don’t want to blow your budget on expensive wines, these are not only affordable, but tasty too!

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REDS AND ROSÉS

1. Concha y Toro, Casillero del Diablo Merlot, Chile, 2011 ($11)

Full of red fruit flavors, this wine pairs well with spicy, flavor-packed dishes.

2. Aveleda, Charamba, Portugal, 2009 ($9)

Lots of acidity and spicy fruit make this red an ideal partner for tangy sauces.

3. Torremoron, Tempranillo, Ribera del Duero, Spain, 2009 ($12)

Pair this slightly smoky, juicy red with roasted meats and hearty flavors.

4. Muga, Rosé, Spain, 2009 ($13)

This dry blush packs enough heft and acidity to stand up to big global flavors.

 

WHITES

1. Berger, Grüner Veltliner, Austria, 2010 ($14/1L)

This rich, food-friendly white is a good match for tough-to-pair dishes.

2. Segura Viudas, Brut Riserva Cava, Spain ($10)

A terrific value, this creamy sparkler cleanses the palate with bright acidity.

3. Alexander Valley Vineyards, Gewürz, California ($10)

Try an aromatic gewürztraminer as a full-flavor alternative to chardonnay.

4.  King Estate, Acrobat Pinot Gris, Oregon, 2010 ($12)

This soft, fruity white packs enough acidity to tame the spiciest of foods.

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