HOUSE RED – Great holiday crowd pleaser

Men’s HealthJeffrey Lindemuth

There’s a lot riding on that holiday trip to the wine store. Like rounding up bottles for gift giving, entertaining, and pairing with monumental meals. With these 10 readily available wines, you’ll cover lots of bases-red, white, sweet, and sparkling-and a great variety of tastes, while getting the most bang for the buck.

HOUSE 2010 RED; $10

Blending together different types of grapes in a red wine is hardly a new idea. It’s been happening with Bordeaux and Chianti for centuries. Suddenly, however, kitchen-sink red blends like this mash-up of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, and Cabernet Franc from Washington State are all the rage. No wonder: This red offers a little something for everyone, including berry fruit flavors that are easy-drinking, light, and likeable. It’s fulfills the label’s promise of a tasty house red.

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