I’m hosting a Christmas lunch party for about 30 guys @ a local “red sauce” Italian restaurant. Set menu, prix fixe, served family style. Many of the attendees are middle aged, Italian American men who grew up in and around NYC and frequent restaurants in Manhattan, Bronx (Arthur Ave) & Brooklyn so they know this type of dining experience very well. This is going to be the 2nd year at this restaurant. The food & service were good last year but the house red wine was a bit “rough”, so much so that we took it off the table and ordered some better bottles. This year I’m going to bring two cases of Italian red wine, so I’m looking for suggestions. I’m looking for a food friendly Italian red wine in the fifteen dollar or under category. I don’t know a lot about Italian wine but I do not generally like Chianti, even Chianti Classico. I’m looking for a varietal or blend that is smooth and soft, pleasant and approachable. Any suggestions?
I do have the chain Total Wine in my town.
As well as a very soon to open LQR Market another liquor superstore operated by Liquor Stores N.A. Ltd of Canada.
Thanks for your help!