I thought I'd give you a list of some pretty nice wines to have with your selections for the summertime grill. There are many, many wines suitable for that lazy evening barbeque, but I think I've scored for you the best finds for the dollar spent.




The fun thing is that these wines have some real age on them, which is not only hard to find, but really gives one a treat to taste the difference between young wines and carefully aged wines. The following wines will also spoil you because the prices are quite low for the age and high quality that these wine exhibit. Here we go.




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162; Boccante: This wine gets released every year and becomes a big hit for the heat of the grill. A blend of Aglianico and Primitivo, this southern Italian red has it all. Deep purple flavors, long and warm finish with just a hint of spice from the oak sends this wine softly on the palate. The volcanic soil where the grapes are grown gives the wine a very easy, almost vapor-like finish and leaves the palate with gobs of purple fruit. The wine is a blend of older vintages and the job is superbly done. If you like a wine with subtle flavors, no bite and lovely, spicy blackberry fruit on the nose, this is the one. About 17 bucks a bottle.




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162; At about the same price there is the lovely Ruberte from Spain. This wine is 100 percent Tempranillo, the most widely known grape from Spain, and displays simply gorgeous fruit, lovely spice from the oak and a very nice palate grip that seemingly goes on forever! I have always liked this red wine and the 2002 release is really a nice find. With lamb, pork or grilled sausage, this wine just cannot be beat. We also had this lovely red with a vegetarian lasagna and it was divine.




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162; 2001 Torres gran reserva, Spain: One of the nicest blends of Spanish fruit, this 7-year-old Penedes wine delivers a supple, long and very elegant finish with an up-front palate that exhibits a richness that simply cannot be beat. This winery is a legend in Spain, as well as internationally, and year after year comes out with very nice wines at affordable prices. I first began selling the 1964 vintage as a kid and have never forgotten to put this wine on the shelf as a result of its elegance, superb winemaking and overall best price for the buck. There are very few 2001 wines out there today and this wine sells for just under $20 and is well worth the price for the grill. This is a lovely wine!




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162; 2002 Washington Hills Merlot: I remember tasting this wine when it was released in 2005 and fell in love with it. Here it is again, three years later, and still keeps the magic in the glass! In fact, the wine is at its peak of lovliness after slumbering away for six years. Hints of currant berry, black cherry and silken tones, this wine is just gorgeous all around. The bouquet is very Merlot with jammy notes and well-knit fruit and is a gem for just over 20 bucks.




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162; 2005 Frei Sonoma Chardonnay: I have always believed that we, in this country, tend to drink Chardonnay way too young. This wine way proves my point! Lush vanilla tones, just a hint of spice from the oak and a cream-filled finish make this Chardonnay a home-run hitter. The little extra age in the bottle integrates all of the fruit and spices into a well-knit package just made for seafood of any variety on the grill. We had this wine with shrimp and wild rice and it was the talk of the table. At just under $17 a bottle, this white wine cannot be beat!




These are all wonderful, old-school offerings and will serve you well. See you next week!