Suppose you’re in a small town in Tuscany and you go to the local neighborhood restaurant and order dinner – beef with canellini beans, say – and you get a carafe of the house red wine: that’s what this wine is like. Relaxing, made nicely, with plenty of time to age, and lovely with dinner. Do I want to analyze this wine? No. Do I want to drink this wine? Yes.

In case you’re wondering, it’s a merlot-based wine, IGT Toscana, and costs a reasonable amount in a wine shop, under $20. Buttery black raspberry, acidity and tannins balance out the flavors, with no particular type of fruit dominating. Recommended for weeknight dinner with something comforting like pot roast. RECOMMENDED — BSE

WHO: Cavalli Tenuta Degli Dei
WHAT: 90% merlot, 10% alicante
WHERE: Tuscany, Italy
HOW MUCH: $19 (media sample)

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Becky Sue Epstein

An experienced writer, editor, broadcaster, and consultant in the fields of wine, spirits, food, and travel, Becky Sue's work has appeared in many national and international publications including Intermezzo Magazine, Fine Wine & Liquor, Art & Antiques, Luxury Golf & Travel, Food + Wine, www.wine-pages.com and Wine Spectator. She began her career as a restaurant reviewer for the Los Angeles Times while working in film and television. Epstein is also the author of several books on wine, spirits, and food, including Champagne: A Global History; Brandy: A Global History, and Strong, Sweet and Dry: A Guide to Vermouth, Port, Sherry, Madeira, and Marsala.

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