Shopping for wine is great fununless you are trying to find a specific wine, in which case it becomes extremely frustrating. That's because even a good shop can carry only a tiny fraction of the vast number of wines available in the United States. Look for one made in limited amounts, and you're likely to end up thwarted. But there's a way to improve the odds. Recently, I tasted more than 70 wines produced or imported in amounts greater than 150,000 cases per year, enough to stock store shelves nationwide. Here you'll find my 10 picks, plus my favorite new website and wine-finding apps and my six rules for making wine simple and accessible.
5 Accessible Value Red Wines
2009 Alamos Malbec ($11) Made by Argentina's illustrious Catena family, Alamos's bottling shows exactly what people love about Malbec: dense, dark-berry fruit and smoky spice notes.