The reds we like, the reds that really shine without breaking the bank, have slowly moved into a break the bank category: More and more we’re shelling out $28-42 for a bottle to really bow down to. And of course enjoy on a Tuesday night.
Having said that, it’s important to remember that drinkable (if somewhat forgettable) and totally decent everyday reds at or just under the $20 mark are still out there. Hard to find in BC (and in my view it’s like playing the slots, you spend $100 on five bottles to find one keeper, whereas you could have 2.5 totally extremely gratifying at that price, no loss…) The Campo Viejo comes in a totally palatable Tempranillo and a food friendly reserva, both under $20 before tax. Do I hear “open bar” anyone? How about, even, a palatable house wine under $40?
If you like the classic plummy peppery vanilla oak that Robert Parker does, you can’t go wrong with the reserva. It’s like a lesser version of those monumental Napa reds he scores in the 94 point range, without the lingering depth or interest, but certainly with the same flavour profile.
Price: $18.50 at BC Liquor.
Market Liquidity: Like a mediocre SNL impersonation it hits the mark, but barely.