Sub $5 Red Wine recommendations?
May 9, 2006 12:27 PM Subscribe
I need recommendations for a very cheap (<$5/750mL) but hearty, flavorful, and tasty red wine. This will be used as a braising liquid and then reduced to make a sauce for beef short ribs.
Normally when I make braised short ribs I use a decent but not too expensive ($10-$15) Zinfandel, but I am planning on making them en masse for a party and can't afford to spend too much. However, because it is such a fundamental part of the dish I want to make sure it's got decent flavor. Doesn't need layers of complex aromas or anything, just a healthy dose of good flavors and no bad ones. In my experience I've found that wines with too much oak and/or tannins (Cali Cab) do not work well for this recipe, nor do wines that are too sweet/jammy (Aussie Shiraz).
Unfortunately, I don't have the time/budget to do a big tasting of every cheap red and pick my favorite, so i'm relying on recommendations to at least narrow my list down to a few contenders. Bonus points for wines available at Costco, Beverages & More, or Trader Joe's.