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A Go-To Cocktail Party Red

A Go-To Cocktail Party Red

A Go-To Cocktail Party Red: 2012 Cleto Chiarli Vecchia Lambrusco Photo courtesy of Cleto Chiarli

Here, wine experts reveal their favorite bottles costing less than $17. Many of the selections are lesser known but absolutely worth the search.

Who: Liz Vilardi, owner/wine director at Belly Wine Bar, The Blue Room and Central Bottle Wine + Provisions in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

What: 2012 Cleto Chiarli Vecchia Lambrusco from Modena in Emilia-Romagna, Italy

Why: Vilardi recommends this lightly fizzy red from central Italy to people who don’t like the usual sparkling wine at a cocktail party. “Plus, the low alcohol content also allows you to start drinking at 6 p.m., and still feel great when you wake up at 6 a.m.,” she says.

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