Weeknight Warriors
Food & Wine|February 2019
Weeknight Warriors

Make these 10 affordable bottles your new go-to house wines.

ANYONE WHO COOKS knows that some days allow for ambition—the Saturdays when you haul out The French Laundry Cookbook and decide that 42 different steps are not too many to make five-spice roasted lobster with port-poached figs—and some days don’t. You’re home from work; you’ve got 30 minutes; dinner has to be straightforward, easy, and delicious.

So with wine. Billionaires may glug down $500 bottles of grand cru Burgundy while watching the latest episode of Modern Family, but on post-work weeknights, most of us want wine that doesn’t require much thought (or investment). You want a wine you can absentmindedly sip while flipping a burger, one where you didn’t pay so much that you have to give it a lot of thought—but also one that tastes great and that you wouldn’t mind having the next night, too, if you don’t finish it today. To that end, here are 10 excellent choices.

—RAY ISLE

TEN TOP WEEKNIGHT BOTTLES

Whites

2017 VERA VINHO VERDE ($12)

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February 2019