What Is a Good Brand of Red Wine?


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Food and Wine Magazine recommends Beringer's Private Reserve which they describe as a "benchmark for Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon since 1976." They also mention Beringer's Founder’s Estate Cabernet Sauvignon as another reliable, less expensive option.

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In 1869, Jacob Beringer became the Celler Foreman for one of the first commercial winemakers in Napa, Charles Krug. The property next door to Krug's would become the home of the Beringer Winery.

With a long history of producing great wine, Beringer rapidly gained in popularity when in 1990, Wine Spectator named Beringer's 1986 Cabernet Sauvignon "#1 Wine of the Year." Six years later, Beringer was again recognized by Wine Spectator, but this time for a white wine. The Beringer 1994 Chardonnay was named "#1 Wine of the Year" making Beringer the first and only winery to have both a white and a red wine named "#1 Wine of the Year."

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