In my last column I covered my favorite white wines and promised I'd provide a list of my favorite reds. As a man of my word, I am pleased to provide my readers with a list of the reds I most enjoy and think you will find interesting as well.

In my last column I covered my favorite white wines and promised I'd provide a list of my favorite reds. As a man of my word, I am pleased to provide my readers with a list of the reds I most enjoy and think you will find interesting as well.


Arbis Ros ($34) is from Italy's Borgo San Danielle. Based on my preference for wines characterized by finesse and elegance, this outstanding wine stands out as a contender for my No. 1 favorite. Made from Italy's indigenous grape pignolo (80 percent), cabernet sauvignon (15 percent) and petit verdot (5 percent), this perfectly balanced wine complements dry cheese or roasted meat. It features delicious red fruit flavors as well as plum and blackberry. It's absolutely heavenly.


Argiolas Costera ($18), from one of the best wineries in Sicily, features good fruit flavor in a well-balanced wine that's hard not to like. Better still, it offers terrific value.


BV Tapestry Reserve ($39) is a pleasant surprise from Beaulieu Vineyard, one of California's oldest wineries, due to its complexity and polish and its widespread availability at many merchants at a bargain sale price of $29. It's a terrific Bordeaux blend for lovers of meritage wines. A Bordeaux blend features all or most of the five grapes that typically compromise French wines from Bordeaux: cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, merlot, malbec and petit verdot.


Chappellett Mountain Cuvee ($26) is another Bordeaux blend (cab sauvignon, merlot, cab franc and petit verdot) with excellent balance that is a total treat at its reasonable price tag. Refined and delicious with juicy black fruit, it proves that not all California wines are overpriced, yet it can age over 12 years or more. Great taste, great value.


Hall Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($40) demonstrates the talent and skills of celebrated winemaker Kathryn Hall. Supple and silky, its delicious blackberry fruit flavor makes this the perfect wine to accompany a great steak.


King Estate Signature Pinot Noir ($28) from Oregon is one of my favorite pinots, offering a velvety feel in the mouth with delectable cherry and strawberry flavors. Smooth and round, it can be aged a few years and just gets better and better with two to three years. It never disappoints.


Laurent-Miquel Bardou Syrah ($26) comes from a Languedoc winemaker dedicated to combining the elegance of Old World wines with the fruit flavors of New World wines. Medium-bodied and elegant, this wine is so amazingly good, you'll fall in love again.


Luigi Bosca Pinot Noir ($18) from Argentina is another of my favorites produced from this temperamental and difficult to grow grape. It offers far more than most inexpensive pinots and does so at a low price because few people think of Argentina for pinot noir. Soft, smooth and tasty, it's good wine at an unbeatable price.


Gianni Masciarelli Marina Cvetic ($22) from Montepulciano D'Abruzzo offers bright red fruit and earthiness that makes this wine both distinct and delightful. If you want to bring to a party, dinner or wine tasting with friends an unknown wine that will catch people's attention, this is a good choice.


Rosenblum Rockpile Dry Creek Zinfandel ($30) is the one wine that could convert me into a zinfandel aficionado. Its blackberry, raspberry and cherry flavors are presented in a well-balanced nuance that will delight anyone's palate.


I have omitted vintages since I have had multiple vintages of these wines and found that, while they may differ from year to year, they are consistently good. There's no need for you to go crazy seeking out a specific vintage. Try any year you can find and you won't be disappointed.


These are my current favorites, however, this is clearly a condensed list. There are so many good red wines out there today at all price points that I could easily extend this list to 100.


The key is to venture out beyond your comfort zone and try new wines. Once you do, you'll find a world of never-ending wine adventure and excitement. Enjoy.


Contact Mark P. Vincent at winewisdom@yahoo.com.