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Wine & Dine
When you want an inexpensive
red wine, what do you choose?
By Nick passmore
illustration by jason greenberg
First things first: Don’t expect great depth
or complexity, not at this price. What you
should look for instead is balance and harmony, a
wine where all the constituent parts are singing
together. This is the secret to any good wine, but
it’s easier to achieve when the winemaker has a
generous budget. At lower prices, winemaking
savvy and a gentle touch are key.
Any wine, especially young wines like these,
should remind you of fresh fruit, not the stewed
variety. Think of a summer peach, not the syrupy
canned version. They should exude that marvelous
combination of sweet and tart one finds in a June
A successful red needs to have enough acidity
to keep it fresh and lively, but not so much that
it’s tongue-curlingly astringent. Tartness must be
balanced by the sweetness of ripe fruit.
Too many European red wines at, say, $15, are
thin, while their New World counterparts, including American, go to the other extreme and are
gooey and overripe, designed to be drunk as aperitifs. The trick is to discover wines that rise above
these stereotypes by combining the best of both.
Below are 20 red wines under $20 that fit this
ideal. They are wines that offer interest as well as
pleasure, wines that succeed both before food and
with every bite of steak or pizza.
Please note that they are nearly all young and
will benefit from an hour or two’s breathing before
Also, prices may vary depending on purveyor.
Nick Passmore is a contributing editor. His resourceful website is nickonwine.com.
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From the Editor
Did You Know?
Making It Happen
Hot Spots: Best Ballpark Food
Hub Crawl: San Francisco International Airport
Wine & Dine: 20 Wines Under $20
Wine & Dine: True Brew: Puerto Rico Coffee
Great Tastes: Luna Red
Great Escapes: Couples Resorts
Adventure: Cape Ann, Massachusetts
Great Escapes: Fairmont San Francisco Hotel
Adventure: High Springs, Florida
Gear Up: Golf
Special Section: Cabarrus County, North Carolina
Travel Feature: Grazing in Venice, Italy
US Airways Feature: 50+ Year Employees
No Strings Attached: Brad Paisley
The Rise of Hotel Restaurants
Celebrate New Orleans: Art. Culture. Music.
Readers Resource Index
Your US Airways Guide
U.S. and Caribbean Service Map
International Service Map
Airport Terminal Maps
US Airways Fleet/Customs & Immigration
Passenger Info/Contact US Airways
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Window or Aisle?
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