Serve with: Pizza, grilled steak, lamb chops
This new brand from the massive Kendall-Jackson wine empire is a worthy choice in the middling price range. K-J wines may not thrill elite critics, but their quality is very consistent and the wines are widely available. This smooth, penetrating wine is a skillful blend of red grapes that yields lush flavors of raspberry, black cherry, chocolate and spices. In French, Avant means "forward" and that's a good description of this wine's style. It's for now, not later.
--Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun