Just signed up and looking forward to learning about wines. I favour red over white but like both. So far my favs tend to be Italian chianti but I do really the Californian Beringer cabernets. I unfortunately cannot afford to spend a big lot on purchases and tend to stick to those priced from $20 to $30 Canadian. Although Canadian, I haven't found a Canadian go to red or white that I like.
- Reply by EMark, Nov 17, 2013.
Welcome Lorelei. I would think that you can find Chianti's in that price range. One that another Snooth Forum regular, Richard Foxall, has been enjoying lately is from Castello di Monsanto (not the chemical company). I had one of the Monsanto Chiantis a few years ago, and based on that experience, I will second Fox's recommendation.
Living in California, I have no problem finding California Cabernet Sauvignons, but I have no idea what happens to the prices once international borders are crossed. You mentioned Beringer. Lately, I have been enjoying the Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. I don't know if that is the one that you have enjoyed, but I can find it around here for less than US$20. Do not be afraid to try Cabs from some of the other big Napa Valley producers, e.g., Robert Mondavi, Beaulieu Vineyards (BV), Louis Martini. Many "afficianados" tend to ignore high volume producers while they praise the tiny producers that nobody else can find. The three makers I have mentioned are widely distributed, and I would expect that you can find them in Canada. Also, however, all these producers have a number of bottlings in a wide variety of price ranges--from very inexpensive wines labeled "California" to fairly expensive examples where the grapes are sourced from a single vineyard. What I would suggest is that you look for bottlings that are labeled "Napa Valley." I think you will be able to find examples that are in your targeted price range.
We do have some regular Canadian posters here. With luck one or two of them might jump in here and update you on Canadian red wines.