My favorite budget-friendly Italian wine


I’m not a sommelier, but I drink a lot of wine.  Fun fact: on our trip to Italy last year, I drank so much Brunello di Montalcino that I broke out into hives.  Because I frequently enjoy a glass of wine or two with dinner, I tend to stick with “budget-friendly” wines (generally $8-12).  I’ve uncorked a lot of bottles at this price point and have identified one versatile, food-friendly standout:

Banfi Centine, Red blend, Toscana, Italy, 2012 // $10.99 in PA liquor stores

A blend of 60% Sangiovese, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 20% Merlot, sourced from the picture-perfect hillside vineyards of Tuscany, this red wine is substantial for the price.  Old World in style, this savory, complex wine boasts notes of dark cherry, spices, savory cured meats and dried herbs.  Pairs perfectly with meats and aged cheeses.  Great for sharing with friends or enjoying with mid-week leftovers.

What’s your favorite budget-friendly red wine?