7 Bloody Reds to Grab and Go (Under $25)

As a daily wine drinker, I have experimented with multiple types of wine from different regions and price points in search of that perfect Grab and Go bottle that wont break the bank account (Or give me a headache the next day from the added sugar). Here is a list of some top red wines that are drinkable, smooth, and sold everywhere. (Retail Wine owners if you are reading this, these wines are must!)

1) Italy:

Gabbiano Chianti ($16)

This wine, with its full, balanced flavour, bears honest testimony to its territory and ancient tradition. The moderate use of the wood, the use of large casks, according to the past experience, allows the wine to preserve the most natural characteristics of the Sangiovese grape, bringing them into harmony: fruitiness, freshness and tannin. – Wine.com

When I was in college I couldn’t afford the top tier Chianti’s so when I was introduced to Gabbiano and didn’t get hungover, I knew it was a keeper a future “go to.” 

Vietti (Anything) ($22)

No Gabbiano in the store – No worries! Buy anything Vietti!

The history of the Vietti winery traces its roots back to the 19th Century. Only at the beginning of the 20th century, however, did the Vietti name become a winery offering its own wines in bottle. – Vietti

I was a bartender in Chicago my first job out of college at DOC Wine Bar and this brand was a top seller.

2) Oregon: 

A to Z Pinot Noir ($15)

Clear and vibrant, the 2014 A to Z Oregon Pinot Noir opens with rich primary aromas of strawberries, cherries, blueberries, raspberries, even cranberries, developing to violets, red currants, pipe tobacco, iron and wet stone. The attack is beautifully balanced between richness and brightness with hints of roses, honeysuckle, red and blue fruit flavors. The mid-palate reveals ripe tannins and crisp acidity with a touch of minerality and spice (cinnamon, anise, saffron, sandalwood) lending greater complexity. This wine, succulent and juicy with great concentration, finishes long and rich with classic Oregon freshness. The harmony and depth of the 2014 Oregon vintage are on full display in the 2014 A to Z Wineworks Pinot Noir. Built for mid-term aging, this wine has great integrity and should drink well on release and for the next 3-5 years. – Wine.com

Stumbled upon this one during a first date when the girl told me she only drinks Pinot Noir. There was no second date with her (typical)… but many more nights with A to Z. 

Under Wood Pinot Noir ($14)

This Pinot works hard for the working people. Telling a truly Oregon story, the wine draws from vineyards across the state. Each site adds its unique mark to the final Underwood blend, which highlights the rich juicy flavors of Oregon Pinot at an extraordinary price. The palate is filled with black cherry, currant and baking spices. This accessible wine is yummy with fine tannins that come together in a fruit laden finish.

The perfect wine to enjoy anywhere, any day of the week. – Wine.com

Sounds like Under Wear, but tastes like a nice Grape Juice..that gives you a solid buzz

3) Spain:

Vivanco Reserva Rioja ($22)

Aromas of mature black and red fruit fill the nose, with hints of cinnamon and sage lending a pleasant spiciness and herbaceous quality to the bouquet. This is a complex wine with lush, velvety tannins and create a long finish. Approachable now, yet will continue to develop for years to come. Vivanco Reserva’s intensity is a great match for hearty stews, roasted red meats, or even, dark chocolate. – Wine.com

Discovered this one in Madrid while drinking some table wine. Sold all over the US. Looking for a fun night with the lady – Vivanco and Chocolate – Oh man!

Borsao Garnacha ($19)

Very intense cherry red color with tones of purple. Presents in the nose a great concentration of aromas of ripe red fruit with floral nuances. In the mouth it is a well structured rich wine that evokes tastes of blackberry, plum and tones of leather and vanilla, with a soft and silky tannin. – Wine.com

Silky tannin is right! Love this wine with tacos and/or chips, quac or salsa.

4) Argentina:

Catena Malbec ($21)

The Catena Malbec presents a deep violet color with purple reflections. This microclimate blend of four unique vineyards offers intense aroma, soft texture and concentrated flavor. Deep aromas of ripe red and dark fruits are joined by delicate violet and lavender notes, with traces of vanilla and mocha. A rich, concentrated mouthfeel is highlighted by flavors of blueberries and blackberries with a touch of leather and cinnamon. The wine has well-integrated tannins, bright acidity and a flinty minerality that provides exceptional length to the finish. Pair with roast turkey, grilled steak, salmon, and pasta with red sauce. – Wine.com

If I were a wine, I would be a Catena Malbec. Strong and dark but with a vanilla mocha rich finish. 

5) California: 

Coppola Cab Sav ($19)

Purple magenta color. Aromas of blackberries, cherries, cigar box and minerals. On the palate you are greeted by flavors of cassis, raspberries, cocoa and anise. With supple tannins and good weight, this wine offers a velvety mouthfeel and flavors that are long lived on the finish. – Wine.com

My best friend served this at his wedding. I will never go back. The most consistent brand on this page – all of their wines are just SOLID!

Justin – Cab Sav ($24)

Dark purple ruby core, slightly lighter at the rim showing light staining on the glass. Aromatic with bright ripe black cherry and blackcurrant fruit, baking spice, savory dried autumn leaves, subtle violet floral notes with a hint of caramelized barrel sweetness. Dry, moderate plus bodied, with ripe red and black cherry, and blackcurrant fruit joined by vanilla and cinnamon spice notes on the entry. The mid-palate is fresh with sustained ripe fruit, toasty oak notes and softly textured tannins. The finish is moderately long with notes of cherry candy and blackcurrant fruit matched with subtle classic Cabernet savory elements. The 2015 JUSTIN Cabernet Sauvignon is a great all-around choice for a wide range of food pairings from a simple cheese and charcuterie plate or a burger to vegetable lasagna, or even a prime rib. If you are looking for a quality, all-purpose red wine, this is it! – Wine.com

Thanks to a friend of a friend this has become my weekly cab sav. It can be a bit pricey topping $24 – $27 pending on the store, but 100% worth it!

MacMurry (Anything) (Pinot Noir – $22)

MacMurray Estate Vineyards Russian River Valley Pinot Noir opens with aromas of dark berries and hints of violets. On the plush, silky-textured palate, flavors of boysenberry, cherry and plum blend seamlessly with lavender, rose petal and subtle hints of earth. Subtle notes of oak and vanilla feature on the long, lingering finish. – Wine.com

Who orders wine at PF Changs? Me! Got this one on a work trip while eating some lettuce wraps and sesame chicken. Solid Go To!

6) France:

Seeker Pinot Noir ($23)

Aromas and flavors of sweet cherry fruit meld with earth and spice, balanced acidity and ripe fine tannin, to give this wine a long, smooth finish. Crafted by a 10th generation family winery, using traditional Burgundy methods with only the finest lots of Pinot Noir grapes. Vegan-friendly. Well-suited to pastas, pizza, BBQ, or anything eaten en-route as you search for long-lost knowledge. – TheSeekerWines.com

Only thing I am seeking with this wine is when I can have another bottle.

Joseph Faiveley Pinot Noir ($24)

A beautiful ruby color. This wine has pleasant, fresh, red-fruit aromas on the nose, which we find again on the palate. It has rich and very ripe substance, with fine round tannins. It’s a very well-structured and pleasing wine. – Wine.com

7) New Zealand:

Kim Crawford Pinot Noir ($18)

Dark red in color. Lifted red berry fruit aromas with dark cherry notes, complemented by savory undertones. Ripe, dark berry flavors of blackberry and black currant. Subtle hints of oak help fill out the palate. Ideal with herb-crusted lamb racks, mushroom risotto, or enjoy all on its own. – Wine.com

Kimmy Kimmy you never disappoint. 

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* What are your favorite Grab & Go Reds?!

 

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