Finding good Italian red wine on a budget is no easy feat. But when I do find them, I like to share them. Isn’t that the point of wine? To taste and share your favorites. Even if I can’t share a glass personally, I can share it virtually right?
This week, while practicing and learning Italian, we tried and loved two different Italian red wines – both under that $10 price point.
First up was wine from Castello Banfi. Banfi is a leader among Tuscan wines- a very well known name both in Italy and here in the States. Many Banfi wines are of excellent quality and honestly out of my price range. We were excited to learn that this was available at our local wine store for a mere $7.99.
Here is what the Banfi website has to say about their Col di Sasso :
Our second bottle, a Rocca Bella Negroamaro 2008 went down as smooth as the first even though it was a bit stronger red. It is made from grapes grown in Puglia, Italy – the heel of the boot.
And at $9.00 it was a steal!
According to the label:
Negroamaro has a deep violet color with purple edges. The palate is sweet fruited and spices with intense flavors leading to a soft, supple finish.
Perfect with meats, pizza and all dishes with Mediterranean spices
Both of these are too good to pass up. Excellent QPR (quality-price ratio). Run right out and buy them. And just a helpful hint- if you are going to be drinking yours in conjunction with language class- uh, wait until after your lessons to enjoy your libations. You don’t want to be language learning on the sauce!