Smooth and rich, this blend of seven red grape varieties is perfect for parties, thanks to tasty notes of black cherries, pepper, and violets. Serve it with smoky-sweet barbecue ribs or pepperoni pizza.
The tang of granny smith apple and lemon peel is tempered by flavors of vanilla and oak. A great choice for garlicky hummus or pasta in a light cream sauce.
To buy: $11 for 1.5 liters (equivalent to 2 bottles), coolvines.com.
9 of 12Bota Box
2009 Bota Box Shiraz
This juicy red wine―rich with ripe blackberry flavors―packs a punch. Though pleasantly supple, it is robust enough to cut through the spiciness of Mexican and Cajun dishes.
To buy: $20 for 3 liters (equivalent to 4 bottles), botabox.com.
10 of 12 From the Tank
2007 From the Tank Côtes-du-Rhône Vin Rouge
From a wine cooperative of local growers in the south of France comes this high quality, powerful blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Carignan grapes. Delicious from beginning to end, it has dark cherry notes that make it particularly tasty with meat hot off the grill.
To buy: $40 for 3 liters (equivalent to 4 bottles), fromthetank.com for stores.
11 of 12 Black Box Wine
2009 Black Box Wine California Merlot
This easy-drinking wine has the soft, velvety texture typical of light-bodied Merlots. Plummy and slightly oaky, it goes well with grilled seafood and roasted chicken.
Sip on this ultra-refreshing, citrusy white during cocktail hour: Honeydew melon and apple notes give it a crisp, not-too-dry finish that goes well with light snacks, cheese, and crackers. It also makes a cool companion to Asian food and light pasta dishes.