If you’re looking to show off your knowledge of red wines I highly suggest a Ravenswood wine. The Ravenswood Winery in Sonoma California sports some great tasting wines for USD $16.99, at least in New Hamsphire. The Cabernet Sauvignon is a great tasting wine for the average consumer and would make a great gift when visiting guests or for special occasions.
The price of the wine fits well with a standard gift at a 40th birthday celebration, considering you’re probably eating for free, or a bottle of Merlot and Cabernet as a wedding gift! The key ingredient to this special gift is taste, Ravenswood tastes like a USD $30.00 bottle of wine for half the price.
In the early 1970s, when California’s claim to fame was the “best jug wine in the world,” Joel’s dream was to create wines that would rival the greatest of Europe. Turned out he wasn’t dreaming: In his first vintage, 1976, he produced 327 cases of Dry Creek Zin that took first place in a prestigious San Francisco tasting. But despite the cult following and critical acclaim that began to swirl around its hypnotic logo, Ravenswood remained a roving boutique until the late 1980s, when its Vintners Blend program was launched. Conceived on Joel’s conviction that, besides great wine, the world needs good, affordable wine (“a lake of wine an inch deep”), it redefined the concept of Best Jug Wine in the World. — http://www.ravenswood-wine.com
If you’re in the Sonoma area, you can visit the Ravenswood Winery without reservations, someday I’ll get their to taste the wine before it makes it to my local grocery store. Their website says you don’t need to make an appointment to visit and “For those who want to get up close and personal, tours and tastings begin at 10:30 a.m. every day.”
I’m sure you can find a better wine for a bit more in price but we’re talking about something you can afford and feel good drinking. You won’t get that biting headache from the massive sugars to bring out the “flavor” in the wine like a $6.99 bottle and you’ll often find good deals on it to reduce the cost a bit more.
In the end, there is absolutely no reason to pass up a bottle of red from Ravenswood, unless of course, you hate wine.