Bully Hill Banty Red

Bully Hill Banty Red


  • Sweet Concord grapes
  • Sweet Concord grapes
  • Silky, sweet Concord grapes

11% ABV

A favorite amongst the friends of DnU, Bully Hill Banty Red can be classified as an easy, quaffing wine. Wine is often the domain of the pretentious, but, like the White Zinfandel, Banty Red is meant to be enjoyed without worrying about nose, vintage, or any subtlety. There’s nothing spicy or oaky in Banty Red; it’s a blend of grapes, including Concord, which are meant to please everybody except sommeliers, wine experts, and those that wish to pretend they are either.

A 750mL bottle of Bully Hill Banty Red

Bully Hill Banty Red courtesy of Bully Hill.

And that’s pretty much it. It’s an inexpensive New York wine, sweeter than most sweet reds, but not as sweet as Manischewitz Concord Grape, to which Banty Red is comparable while not tasting like grape juice or candy. It’s best served chilled, and its 11% ABV is just at the right level to make one think he’s not drinking too much until oh God there’s the floor. Measure out glasses with care.

Besides the standard 750mL, Banty Red is also available in a 1.5-liter bottle and a 3-liter bag-in-box (BIB). The BIB is a great deal—I’ve seen it for as little as $10—and makes for a shareable bring-your-own to a BYOB shindig.

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