LONG ISLAND CITY, N.Y., Jan. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Enjoying wine for dinner and entertaining without emptying your wallet is easy, thanks to online grocer, FreshDirect and Union Square Wine & Spirits (USQ). USQ offers almost 200 wines for under $20 and with the new selection of the 'Top 20 under $20,' their wine experts have chosen their favorites picks for under $20 to help take the guesswork out of shopping for quality, value wines. Enjoying great wine is possible anytime without worrying about breaking the bank.
Find Great Wine without the Guesswork
USQ has worked closely with FreshDirect to find quality wines that complement FreshDirect's wide array of fresh foods, cheeses, breads, fruits and chef-prepared meals. In making selections for the Top 20 under $20 program, wines were chosen not only based on affordability, but also on flavors that appeal to both the casual consumer and serious wine aficionado.
"'The Top 20 under $20' program shines a spotlight on some of the world's great wine bargains," stated Jesse Salazar, Wine Director at Union Square Wines & Spirits. "We've chosen our favorites in the under $20 category to guide FreshDirect's customers to experience great quality wines that they might have missed before."
What wine goes with seafood?
For customers unsure of what wine goes with what foods, each wine has a comprehensive onsite description at the USQ store reached through www.freshdirect.com, detailing its attributes, which foods it complements and what to avoid. Prices for wines currently featured in the 'Top 20 under $20' range from as low as $5.99 to $19.99. Now, having great wine at dinner is both easy and affordable every day, whether you're eating pizza by the TV or lamb by candlelight.
A few wine selections from the 'Top 20 under $20' include:
Cristalino Brut Cava $8.99
Crafted with grapes grown in vineyards just outside of Barcelona, Spain, this festive wine is full of apple, citrus and toast aromas. A sparkling wine, it's great for mimosas or a Champagne toast. Pair this light and fruity wine with traditional Spanish food or fresh seafood, but skip the heavy meal and serve with light fare.
Naia Verdejo $12.99
This fragrant white wine imported from Spain is perfect with seafood and its aromas of grapefruit, gooseberry and kiwi gives it a fresh and fruity scent. It pairs best with anything from the sea such as fresh shrimp, but will go with most any food. If you want it to excel, skip the burgers and stews.
Cabernet offers the rich ripe flavors of the Californian grape embodied with the flavors of currant, spice and soft tannis. It's a great wine for a weekend with friends gathered around a pan of lasagna or a bowl of penne. It's a bit too bold for flavors such as steamed fish so skip the pizza with anchovies.
Juan Gil Albacea Monastrell $11.99
Wine lovers don't want to miss this Spanish bargain from Miguel Gil, proprietor of Bodegas Juan Gil who helped put the little known Jumilla region on the map. Aromas of smoke-infused blackberry, cedar and pepper add to its fragrance making this wine delicious with pizza, burgers and pastas. It even keeps its flavor corked and in the fridge for up to 2 days.
For the full list of the 'Top 20 under $20' and for more information about USQ and FreshDirect, visit to www.freshdirect.com!
About Union Square Wine & Spirits
USQ continually sets the standard as a leader in the wine and spirit industry by providing consumers an impressive array of reds, whites and sparkling wines from around the world. By traveling to vineyards in Campania, Italy, Stellenbosch, South Africa, Langenlois, Austria, California's spectacular coastal vineyards, USQ searches out, tastes and secures the finest wines for their customers. A valued partner of FreshDirect's since 2008, USQ's expertise in pairing food and wine has been an asset to both the customer searching out "food friendly wines" and the serious food and wine gourmet.
FreshDirect is one of the nation's leading online food brands and grocery providers, known for its convenient home delivery service and the manufacture of fresh, delicious food. Changing the way customers shop for groceries since 2002, the company uses a direct distribution model with in-house, overnight production that cuts out the middleman and helps FreshDirect offer farm-fresh food at prices up to 20% lower than conventional grocery stores. Every product is 100% satisfactory guaranteed, every time. Thanks to expert daily ratings, FreshDirect customers can easily shop for best of the season in produce and seafood. Only at FreshDirect, the online shopping experience is highly personalized with smart shopping features that help customers track their favorites, remember missed items, shop from previous orders and get recommendations on new foods they might like. FreshDirect has also teamed up with top New York City chefs and restaurants to bring customers quick, restaurant-quality prepared meals, unavailable anywhere else. FreshDirect has fulfilled more than ten million orders to date. Its ever-expanding service area includes most of Manhattan, locations in Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island and the Bronx, as well as parts of New Jersey, Westchester and Nassau County. FreshDirect ranks 62 on Internet Retailers America's Top 500 guide. For more information, visit www.freshdirect.com.