With credit card statements arriving any day soon, here are three very different red wines from different countries that share one thing – good value! 

Paul Jaboulet Ainé Cotes-du-Rhone Biographie 2015, Tain l’Hermitage, Rhone Valley, France 

Warm berry aromas greet you like sunset on hedgerows, with a delicate herbal mint touch. Very soft, Biographie has a spicy finish with ripe fruit and a little liquorice. This silky wine is organic, and it will complement your lamb sausages, meatballs, or chops. Could also be a great accompaniment to eggplant in a tomato sauce too or as ratatouille. 55% grenache, 35% syrah, 10% mourvedre. 

CSPC +787368 $19  

Black Tower Dornfelder Pinot Noir 2016, Pfalz, Germany 

Red wine from Germany – it’s not something we see much of in Western Canada as not so much is produced, and the clever people in the south of Germany keep most of it for themselves! It’s a light wine with lots of dark black berries and spicy, peppery aromas and flavour. You’ll be rewarded for chilling it for half an hour in the fridge if it’s warm or you’re curled up in front of the fire, and enjoy with charcuterie, and simply prepared chicken and pork dishes. 

CSPC 580118 $13 

Monte Creek Ranch 2015 Hands Up Red, Kamloops, B.C. 

A very soft and easy drinking crowd pleaser, there are notes of plum and cherry, some menthol, and some dark berries – a veritable forest floor. It’s one of those wines that makes you hungry for a burger with caramelized onions and a touch of tomato relish – and fries with parmesan cheese and paprika. It’s a blend of cabernet sauvignon and merlot, and maybe some other grapes too. Definitely a kick back and just relax sort of wine. 

CSPC 782540 $20 

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