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Celebrating Red Wine Day With Some Co-op Favorites


August 28 is Red Wine Day! There’s no better way to celebrate than with a good meal and a gorgeous wine to pair.

Not sure where to begin in the vast red wine aisle? We’ve got you covered. Below are three late-summer recommendations from Tim, our wine expert. We have something for every budget and preference.

In general, Tim suggests a chillable red as we are still in the heat of summer.

Let us know what bottle of wine you’re celebrating with on Instagram (@communityfoodcoop), Twitter (@TheCoopInBham), or Facebook.

Paul Dolan, Mendocino Zinfandel

2020, $17.99

This Zin has notions of rich berries, such as black raspberry, along with vanilla, pipe tobacco, spice cabinet, fresh plums, and orange peel tea. This wine is for those who enjoy a forward and concentrated wine, with a balance of zest from the fruit.

Paul Dolan Vineyards is located in Mendocino County and has rich biological diversity.

To go with this delectable Zin, we suggest sweet and spicy BBQ short ribs or Moroccan eggplant with tomato stew.

Zeni, Bardolino Classico

2020, $8.99

If you’re looking for a crowd-pleasing, chillable red blend, look no further! This soft yet zesty bottle features notes of pie cherries, cocoa, red currant, Allspice, Earl Grey tea, and hibiscus. 

The Zeni family has spent over 140 years producing fine wines in Verona. This blend in particular is produced from indigenous grapes in Lake Garda. 

This summer-weight red pairs well with many dinners, including veggie burgerspasta pomodoro, and seafood risotto. In addition, this bottle is a nice accompaniment to an antipasti platter.

Jean-Marc Burgaud, Beaujolais-Villages Lantignié 

2020, $14.99

This red is medium-bodied and has energetic suggestions of Marionberry, pink peppercorn, rose hip, loamy beets, Morello cherry, elderflower, and stony minerals. This wine is anything but basic!

Since 1989, Jean-Marc Burgaud has produced wine using organic principles and traditional Burgundian methods. Jean-Marc Burgaud adapts the wine-making process with the changing of the seasons and grows on rich, granite soil. 

Pair a glass or two of this with fresh-caught seared salmon — found at our seafood counter, any variety of burger, and roasted or grilled veggies.