Best Cheap Good Wine

3700 Gough St., dipasquales.com, (410) 276-6787

Even if you just ate before you came to Di Pasquale's, you'll want lunch when you walk in-the smell is near irresistible. Overcome your olfactory urges and navigate to the wine section, where the small Italian grocery/deli keeps a good-sized selection for those short on denaro. The lion's share is devoted to Italian reds (chianti, barbarescos, pinot neros), though they carry some Argentinean and American bottles. There are dozens of respectable choices in the $12-$25 range. Nab an employee to guide you. They'll ask for your budget and if you're pairing it with a meal. And they don't grimace if you confess you're drinking it sans dinner.

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