Wine Under $12: Whiplash Red Wine Blend

Wine 101
February 1, 2013

Our romantic February wine pick has a garnet color and is great for hearty food pairings.

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Whiplash 2009 Redemption Proprietary Red Wine Blend (California; $11)

California red blends on the inexpensive side are often soft and fruity and not much else. In my experience, too many fuzz up the tongue with sweet, berry-compote notes that can put my palate to sleep and diminish the pleasures of the meal to come.

Not so with Whiplash Redemption. I knew I’d like this blend of Syrah, Barbera, and Zinfandel the minute I poured it into my glass. The shimmery garnet color promised a certain brightness I seek in the finish of a food-able red (thank you, Barbera!) And yet, there’s plenty of ripe fruit here, too (hats off to you, Syrah and Zinfandel). In short, it’s a lush, smooth wine with a vibrant finish—at a great price.

Look for the Label:Whiplash Wine Label

Recipe Parings: Whiplash Redemption Red’s combination of ripe fruit and refreshing brightness will make it go well with many dishes, especially weeknight pizzas and pastas. A few suggestions:

Wini MoranvilleRelish wine and cocktails columnist Wini Moranville is the author of The Bonne Femme Cookbook: Simple, Splendid Food That French Women Cook Every Day.

Baked Chicken Spaghetti

Chicken Spaghetti

Pasta and a red sauce with chicken, mushrooms and cheese.

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Tri-Color Pasta with Tuna, Spinach and Artichoke Hearts

This fresh and wholesome dish can be easily adapted to suit a variety of audiences. Perfect for left overs and on the go!

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Pasta with Meatballs and Sauce

A classic meat combo for meatballs is about one third each of veal, beef and pork. You can often find this in the meat area of the supermarket labeled “meat loaf mixture,” and if so, your work is done.

white bean and spinach pizza

White Bean and Spinach Pizza

Substituting flavorful pureed white beans for pizza’s more familiar tomato sauce makes this a pizza that’s packed with nutrition and staying power. It’s fast, too.

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Lasagna with Cheddar Cheese

Cheddar lends this lasagna an interesting change-up.