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Great wines at $15 or less a bottle

Get your monthly statement? Here are a few wines at $15 or less - a stimulus package, economic and otherwise.


The 2007 La Vendemmia Pinot Noir ($9) is a fruity, versatile Italian from the Lindenhurst importer. It's very good with red-sauced pasta, as is the 2005 Conte di Lucca Chianti Riserva ($14). Piccini's straightforward, satisfying 2006 Chianti Superiore ($13) fits, too, with grilled chicken and roast pork.

Red meat and robust pastas are the best matches for the plummy 2007 Espiritu de Chile Shiraz Cabernet ($11) and the 2004 Campo Viejo Reserva ($13), a full-bodied Rioja. The 2007 Les Deux Rives Corbieres Rouge ($9), mainly Grenache and syrah, opens ripe and husky - a partner for grilled meat. So are the hearty 2007 Château d'Oupia Minervois ($12); and gutsy 2007 Diseño Malbec ($13).

And, at $15 for a 1.5-liter bottle, you can have a major pasta-pizza party with Grandpa Cha Cha's Home Style Wine - an easygoing Salento Rosso with the distinctive terroir of Mulberry Street.


Peter Lehmann's 2008 Layers ($15): a lively, very approachable white blend from Adelaide. Sample the reliable 2008 Casa Lapostolle Sauvignon Blanc ($11) with spicy fare. From New Zealand: crisp 2008 Brancott Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc ($13), ideal with shellfish. The 2007 Cupcake Central Coast Chardonnay ($15) is a creamy and citrusy Californian, fine with fish.

The 2007 Palmer Select Reserve White Table Wine ($25) is a spirited blend. Try it with simply prepared seafood.

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