MENDOCINO (KCBS) – Here are couple of delicious wines both priced at $18.

The 2010 Artezin Mendocino County Zinfandel has a rich, red plumb color and lots of ripe berry aromas dominated by raspberries.

I love the soft, rounded balance on the palate—a soft, lush and ripe fruit-forward flavor that still has plenty of tannin for backbone. This wine is soft enough to be enjoyed right now with grilled chicken, pasta, or pizza. And don’t overlook the possibility of barbeque.

KCBS Food and Wine Editor Narsai David Reports:

The 2009 Kenwood Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon is a deep, purple red that has aromas of ripe plumbs and currants.

This is a serious mouthful of wine with lots of soft tannins that just roll around on the palate with the ripe currant flavors. You can drink it now with barbeque or spicy meet dishes, maybe with a rare steak.

And at this value, it would also really pay to age this wine for a few years to mellow it out.

Narsai David is the KCBS Food and Wine Editor. He has been a successful restaurateur, chef, TV host, and columnist in the Bay Area spanning four decades. You can hear him Saturdays at 10:53am, 12:53pm and 4:53pm, and at 2:53am Sunday on KCBS All News 740AM and 106.9FM.

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