How to Build a Great Case of Wine

3 Bottles Under $25 Red

An easy-going red goes well with most roasts, braises, and grilled meats, whether hamburgers on the grill or a steak marinating in the refrigerator. Additionally, the majority of wine fans prefer red. Try wines like village-level Côtes du Rhône, Crianza-level Rioja, Malbec from Argentina, or juicy, mid-tiered Cabs and Shiraz from Australia for the most meal versatility and overall enjoyment.

3 Bottles Under $25 White

Here, I’m inclined to go further and combine different items from this category. Choose two lighter, crisper white wines, such as Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand, Assyrtiko from Greece, or Muscadet from the Loire Valley in France, which will be necessary for meals that include freshly shucked oysters, vegan ceviche, or taco night. Choose one medium-weight Chardonnay from Burgundy’s Mâcon region for creamy pasta, roast chicken, or grilled halibut.

2 Bottles Rosé

You already know how far rosé has advanced. Rosé, in all its forms, works beautifully as a dinner companion – intensely pink Tavel with grilled salmon, a fruity Spanish version paired with slow-roasted porchetta – or the crisp and delicately blushing Provence wines for refreshment on a sunny afternoon. Rosé is the official mommy juice of summer and a severe contender for stylish food pairings (with a hint of whimsy).

2 Bottles Inexpensive Bubbly

S sparkling wine is appropriate for every event, whether formal or informal. I usually keep a couple of bottles of Prosecco or Crémant in the fridge to make a cocktail or start a dinner party. These drinks go well with buttered popcorn or salt and vinegar chips.

1 Bottle Celebration Red

Sometimes reasons for celebrating come as a surprise – you finally told your boss where to go, you won your fantasy football league, and a friend stops by with a beautiful piece of Wagyu beef – so it’s nice to have a good bottle on hand to commemorate the occasion. Super Tuscans, those red blends from Tuscany made (at least in part) from French grapes, have a reputation even the novice wine lover appreciates.S sparkling wine is appropriate for every formal or informal event. I usually keep a couple of bottles of Prosecco or Crémant in the fridge to make a cocktail or start a dinner party. These drinks go well with buttered popcorn or salt and vinegar chips.

1 Bottle Celebration White

You want a show-stopping white in your case to pair with those extravagant meals of butter-poached lobster, foie gras, or truffle risotto for the same reasons you want an attractive red. You drink a grand Burgundian wine, such as a beautiful Chardonnay from Meursault, Puligny-Montrachet, or even top-notch Beaune.

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