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Our best red wines from all price ranges

Which wine is for you? Only you can answer this question. But I’ll still try to give you some recommendations for red wines – with the help of our wine expert.

Let’s get one thing straight before we start: I’m no wine expert, to say the least. Swiss wines are what I often go for. I have fond memories of visiting my dad’s favourite winery when I was a child. While my dad would expert wine terms with the winemaker, us kids would drink apple juice and play between the wine barrels. This is why Switzerland and wine belong together to me.

Fortunately, there are proven wine connoisseurs among Galaxus and our partner merchants. I talked to «Master of Wine» Ivan Barbic from Battalion to find out how to classify wine. His experience shows that wine with some residual sugar is particularly popular. Sugar gives low-cost wine a more full-bodied taste and compensates for often unpleasant acidity. However, as Ivan Barbic says, this doesn't mean these wines are of low quality. Residual sugar can also be found in wines from higher price ranges. He prefers dry wines that don't cover up anything. According to Ivan Barbic, it’s quite normal to start with sweeter wines and work your way to connoisseur wines over the years. That’s why I decided to divide the selection into «wines for everyone» and «connoisseur wines». The first category includes wines you can't go wrong with while «connoisseur wines» are a question of personal preference.

The price of wine

How much money are you willing to spend on a bottle of wine? Defining price ranges isn’t easy. I did a (totally unscientific) survey in the office and came to the conclusion that there are three price categories: up to 15 francs for «everyday» wines; up to 25 francs for wines you treat yourself to at the weekend; over 25 francs for wines for special occasions. If you’re a big earner, this scale might move to the higher-priced end. But if that’s the case, you probably have your own wine cellar and hardly buy your wine at Galaxus.

Enough talk. Let's take to the bottle (kind of). The connoisseur wines come with an opinion from Galaxus wine expert Manuel Furrer.

Wine up to 15 francs

Wines for everyone

Monte Velho Vinho Regional Alentejano (2017, 1 x 75 cl)
Herdade do Esporao Monte Velho Vinho Regional Alentejano (2017, 1 x 75 cl)

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Winemaker Selection Malbec (2018, 1 x 75 cl)
CHF 10.40
Trapiche Winemaker Selection Malbec (2018, 1 x 75 cl)

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Negroamaro di Puglia IGT (2018, 1 x 75 cl)
CHF 11.10
Senza Parole Negroamaro di Puglia IGT (2018, 1 x 75 cl)

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Connoisseur wine

Cannonau di Sardegna Riserva (2016, 1 x 75 cl)
CHF 14.50
Sella & Mosca Cannonau di Sardegna Riserva (2016, 1 x 75 cl)

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Aged for 24 months in big wooden barrels, this wine offers a lot of aromatic variety for the price.

Dos Maderas Rioja Reserva (2014, 1 x 75 cl)
CHF 13.50
Bodegas Beronia Dos Maderas Rioja Reserva (2014, 1 x 75 cl)
Spice box at the beginning in the nose: cinnamon, vanilla, chocolate. This is followed by a series of ripe blackberry fruit aromas, accompanied by fine Mediterranean herbs.

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A list of wines with excellent value for money wouldn’t be complete without Spanish varieties. The Beronia Reserva is a classic Rioja, with the typical woody notes, lots of fruit, velvety tannins, medium body and a certain acidity at the end, which makes the wine so well balanced and tasty.

Zweigelt (2015, 1 x 75 cl)
CHF 14.89
Kracher Zweigelt (2015, 1 x 75 cl)

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Kracher, the top address for Austrian sweet wines, has been producing very successful dry wines for some time now. The Zweigelt offers a lot of fruit and spice.

Wine up to 25 francs

Wines for everyone

PURO Malbec / Cabernet Sauvignon (2017, 1 x 75 cl)
CHF 17.50
Ojo de Agua - Dieter Meier PURO Malbec / Cabernet Sauvignon (2017, 1 x 75 cl)

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Insoglio del Cinghiale IGT Toscana (2017, 1 x 75 cl)
CHF 24.80
Tenuta di Biserno Insoglio del Cinghiale IGT Toscana (2017, 1 x 75 cl)

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Silver Reserva Cigales DO (2014, 1 x 75 cl)
CHF 16.80
Finca Museum Silver Reserva Cigales DO (2014, 1 x 75 cl)

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Connoisseur wine

Chianti Classico DOCG (2016, 1 x 75 cl)
Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico DOCG (2016, 1 x 75 cl)
Balanced, fruity, full-bodied, persistent and yet light: this garnet-red, finely violet shimmering wine convinces with variety and quite powerful aromas of ripe wild berries, dried fruit, apple, plum and spices such as pepper and cloves.

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Primitivo, Ripasso and other Chianti wines are much more than pizzeria wines. Partly self-inflicted, as a lot of wine of dubious quality has been available on the market. However, it’s still – and more and more so – worth taking a closer look at the ones from good wineries. Volpaia is one of them. Biological Chianti, very typical of Sangiovese from this region; elegant and with a good balance between fruity and earthy notes.

Château Citran (2015, 1 x 75 cl)
CHF 22.–
Haut-Médoc Château Citran (2015, 1 x 75 cl)

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Château Citran is a wine that may disappoint in some vintages but excel in others. 2015 was a great year for the winery, as they produced a very mature, modern Bordeaux. It might not be what purists look for, but it’s an affordable and wonderful introduction to the world of Médoc.

Roncaia Riserva Vinattieri Merlot del Ticino DOC (2016, 1 x 75 cl)
CHF 22.20
Zanini Roncaia Riserva Vinattieri Merlot del Ticino DOC (2016, 1 x 75 cl)

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The little brother of the Ligornetto is a bit rougher in flavour, making it interesting. A good example of an affordable Merlot from Ticino.

Wine from 25 francs

Wines for everyone

San Román 2013 (BP1224014700) (2013, 1 x 75 cl)
CHF 27.91was 32.901
San Román 2013 (BP1224014700) (2013, 1 x 75 cl)

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Amarone (2014, 1 x 75 cl)
CHF 37.90
Tedeschi Amarone (2014, 1 x 75 cl)

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The Chocolate Block (2016, 1 x 75 cl)
CHF 33.49
Boekenhoutskloof The Chocolate Block (2016, 1 x 75 cl)

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Connoisseur wines

Château Sociando Mallet (2009, 1 x 75 cl)
CHF 54.60
Château Sociando-Mallet Château Sociando Mallet (2009, 1 x 75 cl)
Sociando-Mallet is known for its longevity: great, spicy Haut-Médoc that is in no way inferior to its illustrious neighbours.

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Amazing vintage, which is soon ready to drink, but can be kept in the cellar for a few more years, too. In my opinion, Sociando is one of the most honest Bordeaux: it’s still privately owned and the owner is an oenologist and makes his wine himself. He’s a fine craftsman and his wine remains true to its style and isn’t all about Parker points. A classic, super elegant Bordeaux.

Pinot Noir Barrique (2016, 1 x 75 cl)
CHF 34.–
Weingut Erich Meier Pinot Noir Barrique (2016, 1 x 75 cl)

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For years, the Swiss wine scene has been decisively influenced by innovative winegrowers from the German-speaking part of the country. One of them is Erich Meier. His Pinot Barrique has no reason to shy away from comparisons with well-known Burgundies and offers a much better price/performance ratio.

Vina Ardanza Reserva DOC Rioja (2009, 1 x 75 cl)
CHF 30.50
La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Reserva DOC Rioja (2009, 1 x 75 cl)

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This one is for lovers of Spanish wine – but it has a modern touch. Unbelievably rich in finesse, perfectly balanced and with rubber notes that are only found in Spanish wines. But probably too funky to please the masses.

Have we left out your favourite wine? What do you think of our wine selection? We’re looking forward to reading your opinion in the comment section below.

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Simon Balissat, Zurich

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When I flew the family nest over 15 years ago, I suddenly had to cook for myself. But it wasn’t long until this necessity became a virtue. Today, rattling those pots and pans is a fundamental part of my life. I’m a true foodie and devour everything from junk food to star-awarded cuisine. Literally. I eat way too fast.

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User fabianscherrer

Und noch ein Händler der die Puro Weine pusht. -.-
Der liebe Herr Meier kann noch so seine Bio-Farm schreien, regelmässig Wein vom anderen Ende der Welt zu trinken ist ökologisch halt einfach eine miserable Idee.

01.07.2019
User Anonymous

Allgemein: Wird der Wein bei angemessener Temperatur gelagert oder ist er relativ hohen Schwankungen ausgesetzt?

30.06.2019
User Simon Balissat

Wein wird bei uns bei angenehmer Temperatur (<18° C) gelagert. Die Temperatur ist stabil, da der Wein in einem Keller gelagert wird. Er unterliegt Schwankungen, welche weniger als ein Grad betragen. Gewisse Weine lagern bei unseren Partnern. Das sind Spezialisten, welche die Lagerbedingungen entsprechend im Griff haben.

11.07.2019
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User martinhu

Könnt Ihr auch das Spiegelau Authentis 02 organisieren? Hätte top ratings, überzeugt (wahrscheinlich) auf dem Weinschiff, und schlägt aus meiner Sicht andere gelobte Produkte klar.

10.07.2019
User Simon Balissat

Den Input nehme ich gerne auf. Danke!

11.07.2019
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User sewiederkehr

In einem spanischen Supermarkt stand ich vor dem Weingestell und überlegte welchen Wein ich denn kaufen sollte. Ein Einheimischer klopfte mir auf die Schulter und gab mir zu verstehen ich solle ihm folgen. Schön versteckt standen verschiedene Fässer mit Literpreisen von 1.50€-3€ und nebenan Plastikgebinde um den Wein abzufüllen. Das zerstörte meinen Glauben an die hochpreisigen Weine, die nur schön abgepackt sind. Teilweise kommt der Fusel in Tankwagen an und wird zusammengepanscht. Entweder kaufe ich den Wein hier beim Weinbauern oder französische die im Château abgefüllt sind. Wenn aber der der Migros gehörende Onlinehändler mir plötzlich Wein andrehen will so scheint es mir als ob mir eine Kuh etwas über Muskatnuss erzählen will

01.07.2019
User sftmval

Du bist weise, danke für deine Worte.

02.07.2019
User Anonymous

Okay... Also alle Unternehmen, die zur Migros gehören haben keine Ahnung vom Wein, so auch nicht Denner (der doch immerhin 2. grösste Weinhändler der Schweiz)? Weil, Literwein für €1.50 bis €3.- in Spanien gemundet hat?

04.07.2019
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User kchdigitec

Habe Ihre Ausführungen bisher immer sehr geschätzt! Nun wagen Sie sich auf ein Terrain, auf dem Sie sich offensichtlich nicht auskennen und das für Sie durch Ihre Berater auf unterstes Niveau vereinfacht/banalisiert wurde. Wein soll seit ein paar Jahren neben Shampoo und Billigmöbel und jetzt auch im Technikregal verkauft werden! Bisher hat man Ihnen (in Kenntnis eine verständlichen Business-Plans) abgenommen, dass es in einer Konsumgesellschaft nur um Verkauf und Kauf sondern auch praktische und qualitative Aspekte geht. Dieses Bild zerstören Sie mit dem Thema Wein gänzlich. Wein kann von farbigem Alkohol bis zu höchster Handwerkskunst alles darstellen. Riechen, schmecken, erleben, kombinieren, recherchieren und kommunizieren Sie - dann schreiben Sie. Freundliche Grüsse aus dem ernsthaften Weinbusiness.

30.06.2019
User Anonymous

"Zum Glück gibt es bei Galaxus und unseren Partnerhändlern ausgewiesene Weinkenner. «Master of Wine» Ivan Barbic von Bataillard habe ich gefragt, wie sich Wein einordnen lässt. "

Ist ja nicht so als hätte Simon Ballisat dies alles erfunden und aus der Luft gegriffen. Aber schön kennen Sie sich wunderbar aus und können sich als absoluter Kenner identifizieren. Ich finde es toll wenn Wein auch Laien zugänglich gemacht wird, ganz ohne dieses gekünstelte Theater mit schwingenden Bewegungen des Glases, schlüfen und spucken (vollig abgesehen von der geschwollenen Sprache, die so manchen augenscheinlich wichtiger erscheinen lässt als er ist - meistens sind die Leute mit einem starken Geltungsdrang sowieso ein Fall für sich). Richtige Weinkenner trinken und geniessen und müssen nicht ihr aufgeblasenes halbwissen Wissen kundtun.

Allgemein bin ich froh, dass jeder Geschmack unterschiedlich ist, und ich vielleicht auch einen 10 CHF Wein geniessen kann, auch wenn er nicht 35 Jahre gereift ist, die Trauben von Elfen geplückt und von einem Kobolt verzaubert wurden.

01.07.2019
User Anonymous

Uh, dieser Text (Ursprungstext von Kchdigitec) war aufgrund der Stilistik schwer zu lesen. Aber irgendwie stelle ich mir genau so einen richtigen Wein-Kenner vor... ;)

01.07.2019
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