I am in no way a wine connoisseur, but I know my way around the $15 or less section. My dad taught me the tools of the (red wine) trade, but it's also fun to experiment a bit as well. Here are my top picks. Most of these are top rated wines that were either recommended to me or recommended by a "top choice" flag at a store. I usually pick up wines at Central Market, World Market, or Trader Joe's.
• Avalon Cabernet Sauvignon
• Plungerhead Zinfandel
• Layer Cake Shiraz
• Penfolds Koonunga Hill Cabernet Sauvignon (we had this one during communion in our wedding ceremony - my personal favorite red)
• Luna Pinot Grigio
• Mezzacorona Pinot Grigio
• Leese + Fitch Chardonnay (maybe my favorite white I've ever had!)
What about you? Any favorites you'd recommend?
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