From left: Miolo Reserva Tannat 2015 from Brazil, Feudo di Santa Tresa Frappato 2017 from Sicily, Cantine Colosi Rosso 2016 from Sicily, Terre Monte Schiavo Pallio di San Floriano Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore from Italy and J. Lohr South Ridge Syrah 2016 from Paso Robles, California (Stacy Zarin Goldberg for The Washington Post)

From left: Miolo Reserva Tannat 2015 from Brazil, Feudo di Santa Tresa Frappato 2017 from Sicily, Cantine Colosi Rosso 2016 from Sicily, Terre Monte Schiavo Pallio di San Floriano Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore from Italy and J. Lohr South Ridge Syrah 2016 from Paso Robles, California (Stacy Zarin Goldberg for The Washington Post)

Five affordable wines, from Italy, Brazil and California

Frappato is the sort of delicious cheap red wine they serve in Europe that is hard to find here.

By Dave McIntyre / The Washington Post

Well-heeled food lovers who have traveled through Europe always seem to have a story about a simple but delicious wine they enjoyed at a bistro in France, a trattoria in Italy or a roadside cafe wherever. The story usually includes frustration that the wine is not available here at home.

Included this week are two such wines from a trip (real or imagined) to Sicily: a superb value, the Cantine Colosi Rosso 2016, and a Frappato, as fun to say as it is to drink.

And if you’re ready to fire up the grill, here’s a terrific syrah from J. Lohr in California’s Paso Robles. This is one of the best California red wines under $20 I’ve tasted in a long time, from a family-owned winery and a leader in environmentally friendly sustainable viticulture.

Cantine Colosi Rosso 2016, Sicily, Italy, $13: Sicily’s wines seem to taste of warmth and sunshine. This lovely blend of nero d’avola and nerello cappuccio is savory, with hints of wild herbs and dark cherries. It has depth and restrained power. I liked it on the first sip, and loved it by the third. Alcohol by volume: 13.5 percent

J. Lohr South Ridge Syrah 2016, Paso Robles, California, $16: During a recent tasting of the Rhone Rangers, a group of U.S. wineries that make Rhone Valley-style wines, the J. Lohr Syrah impressed the audience with its easy-drinking, uncomplicated style and its rich flavors of blueberries and blackberries, buttressed by American oak. But when Steve Lohr, the family-owned winery’s CEO, said it retails for “about $15,” the audience was amazed. This is a terrific value. ABV: 13.5 percent

Miolo Reserva Tannat 2015, Brazil, $20: Tannat calls the Madiran area of southwestern France home, but it has made its mark in South America, too. Uruguay is the best-known producer there, but Bolivia and Brazil do a nice job, as well. This Miolo is polished and elegant, with smooth tannins bracing deep black-fruit flavors of blackberries and dark cherries. Decant for an hour to let the flavors develop. ABV: 12.5 percent

Terre Monte Schiavo Pallio di San Floriano Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore, Italy, $22: Named for the annual spring horse race held in several Italian cities, this lovely verdicchio opens with aromas of peach blossom, then follows with flavors of white peach and nectarine. It ends with a refreshing salinity that makes it ideal for light seafood dishes and salads. Labeled as vegan. ABV: 14 percent

Feudo di Santa Tresa Frappato 2017, Sicily, Italy, $14: Remember that wine you enjoyed while traveling through Italy, the pleasant cheap local red you’d never heard of? And you could never find once you got home? Frappato is that type of wine — light in color and body, with bright flavors of Bing cherry, strawberry and plum. You’ll have to pay a little more than you did in Sicily, and re-create the meal and atmosphere yourself, but this lovely wine from Feudo di Santa Tresa, made with organic grapes, will do its part. Serve it chilled, with the drop of condensation running down the bottle matching the bead of perspiration on the back of your neck as you enjoy this on the patio on a warm afternoon. ABV: 12.5 percent

Prices are approximate. Check Winesearcher.com to verify availability, or ask a favorite wine store to order through a distributor.

Talk to us

More in Life

Josey Wise puts out one of the hundreds of glass pumpkins on a display at the Schack Art Center for the upcoming Schack-toberfest on Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021 in Everett, Washington. The festival runs from Sept, 23 to Nov. 6. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Glowing gourds light up Schack-toberfest in Everett this fall

You can see more than 1,000 of the glass pumpkins, and even make your own. Plus, check out The Artists’ Garage Sale on Sept. 25.

David Pallett, 77, works out with personal trainer Jim Hart on Aug. 30 at Optimal Sport Gym in Philadelphia. (Jose F. Moreno / The Philadelphia Inquirer)
Experts: Don’t put off exercising until retirement years

It’s never too late to start moving, but science is finding you may not catch up to lifelong exercisers.

If your diarrhea doesn’t resolved itself within a month, then it has turned into persistent or even chronic diarrhea. (Getty Images)
Does persisent diarrhea keep you running to the toilet?

Then it’s time to ask your doctor to test for infections, allergies and autoimmune diseases to find the root cause.

Welcome fall with Quil Ceda Creek Casino’s Asian chicken salad with a vegetable medley. (Quil Ceda Creek Casino)
Taste of Tulalip: Asian chicken salad with vegetable medley

Set the stage for fall with a Quil Ceda Creek Casino favorite featuring a kaleidoscope of colorful ingredients.

The Dmitri Matheny Group, led by horn player Dmitri Matheny, is scheduled to perform Oct. 9 at Tim Noah Thumbnail Theater in Snohomish. (Steve Korn)
All about music: Schedule of concerts around Snohomish County

The listings include Sir Mix-a-Lot, ZZ Top and Bands, Brews and Bowling at Evergreen Lanes in Everett.

The Stove Shakers are scheduled to perform Sept. 24 at Rocko’s Fireside in Everett. (The Stove Shakers)
Where to hear live music in Snohomish County nightclubs

The listings include Engel’s Pub, Mirkwood Public House and Port Gardner Bay Winery shows.

Oscar Madison, played by Joe Goins, left, annoys Felix Unger, portrayed by Thomas A. Glass, in Red Curtain’s production of “The Odd Couple,” showing through Sept. 26 at the Red Curtain Arts Center in Marysville. (Red Curtain)
Theater, dance and comedy shows around Snohomish County

The listings include Historic Everett Theatre, Edmonds Center for the Arts and Thumbnail Theater shows.

Have you tried mashed avocado smeared on whole grain toast? Top it with a cooked egg for more protein. (Getty Images)
On Nutrition: Food & Nutrition tips for finding the best breakfast

Here are some “break our fast” ideas high in protein, dietary fiber, calcium, potassium and vitamin D.

Chicken tamale casserole is an easy weeknight meal that’s full of cheesy, Tex-Mex flavor. (Gretchen McKay / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
Eat This: Chicken tamale casserole is Tex-Mex made easy

While it’s far from authentic, it offers all the flavors of a really great chicken tamale without the work.

Most Read