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Two newbies that I think are pretty easy on the palate, and the wallet. Two great little gems from Italy and Spain that you can add to your list of no brainer weeknight wines that you will enjoy over and over again.

Scagliola “MATI” Barbera ($13)

This winery was started back in the 1940’s by the wine makers grandfather and now these two brothers continue the tradition and produce an array of wines from Barbera, Brachetto, Dolcetto, and Moscato.

This Barbera from Scagliola is bright, young and shows good acidity on the palate. Bright red fruit and softer tannins makes this a great food wine – pairs with easy foods….think Italian antipasti. Some Proscuitto, Fresh Mozzerella and crusty Italian bread and you are good to go!

2006 Castillo de Fuendejalon Crianza ($8)

Great wine for this very budget friendly price!! Spanish wines have a lot to offer consumers in regards to good wine at a great value.  An easy drinking blend of Garnacha and Tempranillo. Nice cherry and raspberry flavors on the palate – firm tannins and a nice earthy characteristic. We served this the other night with chicken fajitas and it was great.