West of the Andes, and found at the bottom shelves of your local wine shop, you can discover Chile’s finest export – red wine.  As the world’s 5th largest exporter, and 8th largest producer, Chile delivers lip-smacking delicious wine around the world, with plenty to choose from at prices so low, you may even reconsider it as your “go-to” everyday red.  I have, and it’s a wine I stock regularly.  Here’s why:

Primus “The Blend” is a big, bold wine with focussed fruit, and just the right balance of spice & price, earning a spot on last year’s Wine Spectator’s Top 100 list.  At under $20, it’s worth it’s weight in Chilean copper, receiving the highest of accolades for its quality & value, and will fool those who believe the higher the price, the better the wine.  False.  Veramonte produces approximately 16,000 cases of their Primus Blend each year, so you can find it very easily, and go back to it when you’re craving more.  29% Cabernet, 28% Syrah, 25% Carmenere, 18% Merlot.  100% a must drink. –JT

PRIMUS “The Blend” 2009 Colchagua Valley

Related scores: WS-90 (#95 on Top 100 of 2012), WE-90, RP-89
Market price: $19

Recommended pairings
Food: Chilean Country Ribs, Roasted/BBQ meats or chicken, dishes with olives