Father's Day is coming up fast which means a tremendous amount of bad wine will be purchased and bestowed upon men across the country. But don't worry, Winecentric is here to help you avoid any wine blunders this year with a Top 10 list of great, affordable selections that will be sure to please Dad. The list consists of a mix of 10 white and red varietals so there's something for every taste preference. Best of all, each choice should be readily available at your local store for under $20 a bottle.
#10 Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc / Viognier 2004 - $10
A crisp, refreshing semi-sweet white blend for the summer that is full of citrus, melon, and peach. Pine Ridge makes great wines at all price levels and this unique blending of lesser known white varietals Chenin Blanc and Viognier is one of my favorites year after year. From California.
#9 Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel 2004 - $16
Seghesio makes some of my favorite red Zinfandels. Their Old Vine Zin is always impressive. If Dad likes zesty reds, this lush cherry flavored wine is your best bet. From California.
#8 Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc 2005 - $12
Apple tanginess and citrus abound in this sweet golden white from New Zealand.
#7 Saintsbury Pinot Noir Garnet 2004 - $15
Pungent cherry aromas echo in the glass. Bing cherry, soft raspberry and spice on the tongue. A terrific wine to pair with BBQ'd salmon. This red has a graceful finish with lingering sweetness. From California.
#6 Bonny Doon Pacific Rim Riesling 2003 - $10
Honey and floral flavors are nicely integrated into this white Riesling with just the right sweetness and fruit. Bonny Doon is a consistent California producer of affordable wines and even Dad will love the cool clear bottle and artsy label.
#5 Columbia Crest Grand Estate Merlot 2002 - $9
Chocolate, blueberry and dark fruit round out this silky red. Lots of nice fruity aromas in the glass. From Washington State.
#4 Nobilo Icon Sauvignon Blanc 2004 - $15
Another Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand makes the list. Summer is only a few weeks away, so Dad will be looking for some sweet, chilled whites. This one won't disappoint. The color is sun-kissed yellow with tangy grapefruit and traditional grassy flavors you get from SB.
#3 Can Blau Montsant 2003 - $13Lots of minerals, raspberry, blueberry and dark fruit. A blend of Carignan, Syrah and Garnacha from Spain with a delicious finish. #2 Waterbrook Melange 2004 - $13Ripe blackberries, plum and cherry with earthy, cedar notes. This lush and easy to drink red will have you wanting to book a flight to Washington State to taste the grapes from this winery right off the vine. #1 Allegrini Palazzo Della Torre 2001 - $15Top quality Italian red blend that is like a "mini-Amarone." Purple in the glass with earthy minerals accenting deep blackberry and raisin flavors. A steal at $15 or less!
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