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Cheap wine

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Forrest, Mar 14, 2009.

  1. Forrest

    Forrest Really Neat

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    Ok, as the wallet continues to shrink I would love to hear everyone's suggestions for inexpensive wines. I can pick and drink the hell out of the expensive stuff, unfortunately I am a bit of a snob. I know there is a ton of stuff that is inexpensive that is quite drinkable. So lets here it, what are you drinking and what does it cost?

    I actually just bought a 1.5 L bottle of Sutter Home Pinot Grigio. Served nice and cold it aint bad. I have been enjoying it whilst repotting and hanging in the GH.
     
  2. Marni

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    Under $10, under $5, under $3? What's your idea of cheap wine?
     
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    under 20. Any varietal
     
  4. Clark

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    Last weekend I picked up 6 bottles of Cartlidge & Browne 2007 Pinot Noir for $14 each. I thought it a good buy. Kick myself in the butt over the Beringer 2006 I missed for $14 a bottle that they were selling for $32 each around the corner. Forrest, have you investigated the Au Ban Climat I told you about. A NY times broadcast the other day gave it very high ratings.
     
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    Man, you people are a bunch of soaks!
     
  6. Forrest

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    I haven't been able to find that one Clark. I am keeping my eyes peeled.
     
  7. Jean

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    DH and I just went shopping...
    My favorite Cab.... Red Diamond, Washington state, $9
    Firca el Origen.... Malbec, Argentina. $10.
    Bonterra....Cab....organic grapes, $11.
    Two Barrel...Red....Ca....$15.
    Morande Res.....carmenere...Chile, $12
    El Retiro Res...Tempranillo...Argentina...$15.

    Great buys out there today!
     
  8. Forrest

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    Thanks Jean. I will write those down and have a look for them.
     
  9. Marni

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    No wonder you can't afford to buy orchids! I don't go over $10, so don't ask me to bring the wine. ;)

    Folie a Deux makes a blend called Ménage a Trois that is my first choice. Regular retail is around $12, but it is available at Safeway and sometimes Long's Drugs for $7.99 to 8.99. Smoking Loon, especially the Shiraz, is in the $6.99 to 7.99 range most places I shop. Two Buck Chuck white wines at $1.99 are just fine with me, though I don't like their reds. Food Max has a house brand (don't remember the name right now) Sauvingon Blanc at $1.87 on sale.
     
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    under 10 is definitely preferable right now. Though I didn't want to limit the suggestions too much.

    Oh, and I heard about your Menage a Trois. Bow Chica Wow Wow. Rawr!!
     
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    oh fer crissakes, Forrest. Contain yourself, will you?
     
  12. Forrest

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    cant. and you know this.
     
  13. Eddie729

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    There's so much good drinkable stuff under $20, it's not even a challenge! Jeez man - you're in Northern CA! You should be able to find a ton of things in your backyard. Try Pedroncelli, Lake Somoma or Jacob's Creek (from OZ) just to name a few.

    Also, Linda and I have really liked many of the selections from the CA Wine Club. Check it out at cawineclub.com - BUT - if you thik you might be interested, let us refer you before you join. We get a free bottle if we refer someone who signs up.

    PS - how on earth can you drink Sutter Home Pinot Gri......!!! Gag!!
     
  14. Marni

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    I don't think it will help Pinot Grigio, but a vintner in St. Helena shared a trick for bad white wine. Add some sugar to the bottle, shake it and try it. Repeat until it is drinkable. Comes in really handy if you are stuck in a hotel with a bad bottle of wine. Sugar packets are free in most restaurants.

    That $1.87 white from Food Max I mentioned, doesn't need sugar.
     
  15. Forrest

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    Eddie, my wife worked in the industry for years and I have helped a few places with crush. We have always had pretty good connections and therefore have always had stuff that traditionally is a bit more pricey. But even at a discount, we cant afford that anymore. I really dont know much about the under 20 market.

    I dont think we will be joining any clubs at the moment. Usually we buy direct from wineries after tasting, which hopefully we will start doing again at some point. for now I thoght we would explore trader joes and bevmo and the like.
     
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    Is it considered heresy to buy wines from Europe and South America given your location?
     
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    I don't know that you have to join their club in order to buy. Take a look - they are running a sale now and we've enjoyed several of those wines. Good QPR.

    Harry Phillips recently told me about something he bought at Trader Joes that would fit the bill. Unfortunately I don't remember what it was (ok - I didn't really listen since we don't have Trader Jows here.) If you know Harry, you could ask what wine he mentioned to me.
     
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    Whole foods sells their 365 brand by the box. Merlot is about 10 bucks, not bad. (Hide the box!)
     
  19. Forrest

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    I didnt even know whole paycheck had a wine.


    No Chris, out of the area stuff is fine.
     
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