Good Cheap Wine: Beyond the Two Buck Chuck

Good cheap wine:  an oxymoron?  Perhaps.  A reality?  Sure, but only if you know what you are doing.  Now, I’m not talking about the Two Buck Chuck (Charles Krug) from Trader Joe’s.  There is of course a time and a place for our friend Chuck, but I think it’s absolutely possible to drink great wine in the $10-$15 price point.  Use this post as a shopping list the next time you hit the wine store to stock up.

True, less expensive wines may lack the complexity and the nuances of more aged, expensive wines.  Did you know that 90% of wine produced is meant to be drunk in the year it’s released?

Also – if you buy wine on a regular basis, you know that there are tricks to saving money.  Most wine shops will offer a case discount, usually to the tune of 10% if you buy 12 or more bottles.  Other shops have a member program, which is often free.  Check for sales on your favorite wines, and strike when the iron is hot and stock up then.   A wine shop near me offers a BOGO gift card promotion at the holidays – buy one gift card for $100, receive a $25 gift card.  Voila – you now have more $ to spend on your wine!

Josh Cabernet Sauvignon.  This is an amazingly full-bodied California wine for the price.

For Your Information: Champagne is made in France using a costly production method called the Traditional Method, and Prosecco is made in Italy using a much more cost-effective method called the Tank Method.  This is why we see more prosecco offerings on menus these days.

La Marco Prosecco.

Chloe Pinot Grigio.  **MY FAVORITE.  This is such a light, crisp easy drinking white.

Two Mountain Rose. Rose is such an interesting wine, and it is made using several different methods.  The most common method is called maceration, and occurs when red wine grapes are let to rest, or macerate, in the juice for a period of time and afterward the entire batch of juice is finished into a rosé wine.

667 Pinot Noir. The pinot noir grape is widely considered to produce some of the finest wines in the world, but it is also notoriously difficult variety to grow and cultivate.

A to Z Chardonnay.  There’s not much to say about this one, except it is a good old classic unoaked chard that is light and easy to drink.

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