Alejandro Galli is passionate about his native land of Argentina. As the CEO of Global Wines in Miami, Galli’s enthusiasm took him on a quest to bring and share his country’s best wines. He now imports beautiful wines from South America and also distributes wines from California, Spain, and France. We sat down with Galli in his warehouse tasting room to experience the best wines under $30 from around the world:
Camino de los 7 Lagos Gran Reserva . From Patagonia, Argentina. Average price is $26. 36% Malbec, 31% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc.
The mysticism and romance expressed in the wines of Camino de los 7 Lagos come from the vast landscapes of the Patagonia. Camino de los 7 Lagos was the first winery in the Province of Neuquén, in the Argentine Patagonia. The vineyards are located in the district of San Patricio del Chañar, 55 km away from the provincial capital of Neuquén City. The region enjoys exceptional conditions for the cultivation of grapes. There is excellent temperature variations with warm sunny days followed by cool nights which give the grapes an excellent balance of fruit, acidity, color, aromas and body.
The wine has a deep garnet red color, with delicious aromas of berries with hints of coconut, chocolate and tobacco. This wine is fruity, balanced, voluptuous yet the tannins are soft and gentle. A wine with great elegance.
Clos de Tafall Priorat. (Old Vine Grenache Blend). From Prioriat, Spain. Average price is $18. 55% Grenache, 35% Carignan, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Priorat is a small, dynamic wine region in Catalonia, northeastern Spain, whose intense, full-bodied red wines have shot to fame in the past few decades. The classic Priorat wine is made from 80 year old-vine Garnacha and Cariñena that grow in an inhospitable environment, pushing vines to the edge in their quest for survival and therefore yielding scarce yet magnificent grapes with great concentration, ripeness and minerality. This wine is a great value from a region averaging $40/bottle wines.
Cedar, spices, incense, lavender, black cherry and black plum aromas in the nose, make this a powerful, concentrated and elegant wine ideal to pair with savory meats and healthy pasta dishes.
Brady Cabernet Sauvignon. From Santa Maria Valley, Paso Robles, California. Average price is $19. 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Cabernet Franc, 10% Petite Sirah.
The Brady family vineyard is the family’s dream come to realization in Paso Robles, where native lupines found on the property are reminiscent of the fields of bluebonnets that greet the spring in the Brady’s native Texas. Nestled in the Estrella Valley just far enough inland from the Pacific Ocean to build heat daily but still close enough to enjoy the nightly cooling of maritime breezes, the 24 acre site is ideally situated for world-class viticulture with vines rooted in the meager gravelly soils that form a rolling alluvial terrace overlooking the Estrella River. Because of the inherent sparsity of nutrients in the vineyard site, the resulting yields boost beautiful concentration and intensity.
The Brady Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is a big and bold wine with deep color and aromas of dark berries and oak. The smooth and silky palate is complemented by delicious fruit flavors and rounded tannins.
Cuevas del Sur Sauvignon Blanc . From Curico Valley, Chile. Average price is $8.
Cuevas del Sur wines come from vineyards located in the Central Valley of Chile, where a mild Mediterranean-type climate and varied soils offer superb conditions for growing numerous varieties of the same noble grapes that are cultivated in Europe. The narrow Central Valley lies between the snow-capped Andes and the cold coastal currents of the South Pacific. Long, dry summers with radiant days and cool nights help grapes attain their maximum potential for color, aroma and flavor.
This Sauvignon Blanc has a bright, pale yellow color with green highlights. Intense aromas of citrus and green apples with a faint hint of grass. Crisp mouth entry, light bodied, with a very fresh finish. This wine can be a great companion for green salads, ceviche, and sushi. It’s also a perfect wine just on its own, to be enjoyed al fresco on a warm summer evening.