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Red Wines for Summer

Monday - 1/10/2011, 2:40pm  ET

Zinfandel, Syrah and Malbec are excellent red wine choices for summer barbeques. The 2006 Cardinal Zin Beastly Old Vines reveals jammy red fruit and peppery blackberry aromas, while the 2006 Simi Sonoma Zinfandel shows more dark fruit with some currant and sage notes. Both are around $20. For $20, you can also try the the 2005 Legaris Ribera del Duero Crianza from Spain, which will enhance any grilled meats with its spicy cherry, blueberry and roasted coffee flavors. And from Italy, the $13 value-priced, very fruity 2007 Castello Banfi Toscana Centine is a nicely structured bargain that is great with grilled tuna steaks or veal chops.