Italy's Answer to Beaujolais

2012 Le Fraghe Bardolino Photo courtesy of Bardolino
By Kristin Donnelly Posted May 07, 2014

This red just might be the perfect picnic wine.

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, co-owner and wine director at Belly Wine Bar, The Blue Room and Central Bottle Wine + Provisions, all in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

What: 2012 Le Fraghe Bardolino

Why: "Bardolino is DOC (a controlled designation of origin) produced near Lake Garda in Italy. The grape in this wine is Corvina, and the Le Fraghe estate makes a simple, beautiful and tasty Bardolino. It is sort of Italy’s answer to Beaujolais Villages—so versatile, delicious with or without food, it can take a chill for a warm day and it's easy on the wallet. This wine has a screw cap, too, which allows easy, effortless access for alfresco sipping."

Kristin Donnelly is a former Food & Wine editor and cofounder of Stewart & Claire, an all-natural line of lip balms made in Brooklyn.

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