There are a ton of wine loving folks out there searching the shelves for a decent bottle of red wine for under $10. I found two wines that I think just might be the best under $10 wines available. This is not a sale or inventory clearance price; this is the price year round. The wine is Rare Red Wine and currently this non-vintage wine comes in two flavors.
The first is the California blend consisting of Tempranillo 38%, Petite Sirah, 33%, Cabernet Sauvignon 27%, and Petite Verdot 2%. The second is the Amador blend: Zinfandel 43%, Syrah 40%, and Mourvedre 17%. The producer of this wine is the ADS Wine Family and the winemaker is Jim Yerkes, a crafty veteran of the wine world. Each year the producer sets out to garner the best grape juice around, and Jim Yerkes blends the wine so it tastes like the previous batch. I prefer the California blend; I think the Tempranillo gives it a nice flavor and a good touch of acidity. The Amador blend is a little more extracted and has more fruity character. I also think it is a drier wine than the California blend. The wines come in at 13.5% and 13.0% alcohol, respectively.
I found these two wines available at Piazza’s Fine Foods in Palo Alto. The wine guy there told me their San Mateo store in Laurel Village carries only the Amador blend. The price at Piazza’s Fine Foods is $6.99 a bottle, and that is an amazing price for the quality of this wine. Molly Stones in Burlingame carries the California blend for $7.99. I also found out that the New Leaf Market in Half Moon Bay carries the Rare Red Wine.
The two major top sellers in the under $10 category of wines are the Ménage a Trois wine made by Trinchero Family Estates and the Apothic Red made by Gallo. Both of these wines are widely available and cost between $8 to $10. I think the Ménage a Trois is better than the Apothic, but neither one of these wines is a match against the Rare Red Wine. For now, I am calling the Rare Red Wine in both blends the best under $10 wine available in the San Francisco Bay Area. Try a bottle.