Fall comes with many tasty flavors that bring us comfort in the cooler weather. It’s also when our rosé and white wines of the summer go into hibernation for the rest of the year, and it’s time to drink as much red wine as humanly possible.
No, we aren’t certified sommeliers. We are just babes who do our fair share of wine drinking. If you want to read about the tannin level of your wine or which is earthier based on its terroir (is that a thing !?), we aren’t your girls. What we can tell you, is a few of our trusted red wines, all below $20, that are perfect for fall sipping.
Pinot Noir is our go to red, especially when you’ll be gifting the wine, bringing it to a dinner party, or drinking it with friends whose preferences you may not know. It’s the most common light-bodied of reds, which makes for easy drinking and wine that pretty much anyone can get behind. It’s really hard to go wrong with any pinot above the $8-10 mark in our opinions, but Chloe is one of our faves. It’s available at most local grocery stores like Rouses for $11 – 12, and the bottle with the little bow is just so darn cute – especially for the holiday season!
Zinfandel’s are somewhere between pinots and cabernets which can be a nice happy medium that appeals to both pinot noir and cabernet lovers. The Gnarly Head zin is one of our faves. Known for it’s spiciness, we like to grab a bottle of this when we are feeling extra spicy! 💃 This can be found locally, and is typically priced between $8 – $10.
Sometimes cabs can be a little on the heavy side for us, but someone gave us this bottle as a gift a couple of weeks ago and it was SO good (not to mention the label & name are fab). We love most of the wines Michael David makes and were super excited to try this one. It’s perfect for when you’re feeling dark, or just a bolder wine 😉 This one can be found at Rouses, and is usually in the $18-$20 range.
Malbec is the basic babe’s first choice when thinking of a Spanish influenced wine, and it’s is a safe and tasty one. Most of the best Malbecs come from Argentina, and Alamos is one of the most affordable and delicious ones we have found. It’s available almost everywhere and super trustworthy if you’re looking for a Malbec that will impress, but not break the bank at only about $8 a bottle.
A Red Blend
When you are feeling really indecisive, go with a red blend. One of our favorites, is Dearly Beloved, which you can snag at Trader Joe’s for $7.99 a bottle! Of course the bottle is super cute, but what’s inside is tasty too. You can’t go wrong with a blend of Merlot, Syrah, Zinfandel, and Petite Sirah from Cali’s Central Coast.
What are your favorite reds to netflix n’ chill or get the party started with? Let us know if the comments.
Cheers babes! 🍷