- Reply by EMark, Nov 14, 2013.
Welcome to the Snooth Forum, Cphenix. Let me see if I can start a conversation with you. I'm not exactly sure what "a reasonable price" means to you, but the first idea I would have is Spanish wines. Very good quality for what I consider a very reasonable price. The two predominant grapes that go into Spanish red wines are Tempranillo and Garnacha (called Grenache in France). You can find a wide variety of Spanish red wines from about $10 to $40 in U.S. retail stores. OK, you can find some for more than $40, but it may well be that a $60 Gran Reserva from Rioja is very reasonably priced when compared to a Bordeaux or a Barolo for which you might pay much, much more.
As a Californian, I have to brag about Zinfandel--pretty easy to find, and widely available at prices from $10 to $40. One thing about Zinfandel is that, stylistically, it is all over the place. This Snooth article by Gregory Dal Piaz gives some insights. My point is that that you have to try a few different Zins--try some from different growing areas--to see if you have a stylistic preference.
Again, welcome, Cphenix. Keep us up to date on your wine adventures.