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Cooking Q&A: Good (cheap) Wine?

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What are five good, cheap wines?

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If you’re looking for a budget house wine or a noteworthy bottle you can bring to any dinner party, Michael Roberts, a wine consultant for Binny’s Beverage Depot in Chicago, recommends these inexpensive finds:

Naia Verdejo 2006 ($12): A crisp, medium-bodied wine that pairs well with shellfish and fish, and zesty marinades made with ginger, citrus, or lots of herbs.

Segura Viudas Brut Reserve Cava ($8): This light-bodied Spanish sparkling wine has citrus aromas and flavors built for drinking with rich, buttery, and creamy foods -- the perfect aperitif or cocktail party bubbly.

Casa Lapostolle Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 ($10): An easy-drinking, velvety-soft Chilean red with lots of fruit, this is the wine you’ll want when you’re serving beef -- whether it’s burgers or steaks.

Terrazas Malbec 2006 ($10): Great red wines from Argentina are an incredible value and this soft, medium-bodied, and plumy Malbec proves the point. Drink it with barbecue or any smoky, grilled meat.

Zenato Valpolicella Classico 2003 ($12): When you’re serving a spread of cured or dried meats like prosciutto or salami and hard cheeses, this medium-bodied red is an ideal match.

-- Colleen Rush

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