Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Ask the Internet: Inexpensive Holiday Wines?

Greetings, sweet readers! Today's post comes from a CHG Facebook discussion a few weeks ago.

Q: With the holidays fast approaching, we'd all like to imbibe a bit. So, what are your favorite inexpensive wines?

A: While Trader Joe's house brand, good ol' Three Buck Chuck, is always a hit, Indaba's Sauvignon Blanc has really become a recent favorite. It's flavorful without hitting you over the head, and I can usually find it for around $8 a bottle.

Readers, what about you? Lettuce discuss some boozery.

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15 comments:

Marcie said...

I personally love Ravenswood Vintner's Blend Shiraz which is right around the $10 mark and is excellent.

Kelly said...

For an inexpensive evening (read: we don't have guests over and we feel like drinking wine anyway but feel guilty spending money), we like the Barefoot wines, specifically the Reisling, Moscato (although, its REALLY sweet, excellent with super spicy food or as 'desert') or the Shiraz.

Evelyn said...

I'm a fan of vinho verde. It is a very light, slightly bubbly wine. The brand I usually get is $6 a bottle. I also like pomegranate wine, although many people I have shared it with are not fans. It doesn't have the same tannic qualities that grape wine does. I don't know the brand name, but there's only one kind at the store I usually go to, and it runs $11 or so a bottle.

Anna N said...

We had some Dom. de l'Enclos Blanc, Côtes de Gascogne 2009 for Thanksgiving, which everyone liked. I've also recently liked these three white wines: Vinho Verde- Broadbent 2010, Grüner Veltliner "Falkensteiner Rieden"- Dürnberg NV (LTR), and Trebbiano d'Abruzzo- Làmina 2009. All four of these are under $10 each from Astor Wine & Spirits in NYC. I like dry or only-a-little-sweet, non-oaky white wines. I like reds too, just can't remember any names.

Alison said...

chateau st michelle reisling is pretty good. and it's only like $10 a bottle. i might have to buy some soon...

I'm So Pretty said...

We've started buying and really enjoying an Argentinian red wine called Malbec. My dad suggested it as sort of the new Shiraz, and because it's from Argentina and relatively unknown, many bottles go for the $7 mark. Yum!

Sara said...

Barefoot wine really is all right, I think, for the cheap stuff. Some of the reds are better than others (shriaz is better than cab sav), and their bubbly is actually pretty good. Around here (MT), it runs $5-6 a bottle.

In the $8-ish range: Menage a Trois (both red and white) have a great table wine

Washington Hills
Mirrasou
Red Diamond

All those are quite good.

And you rarely ever go wrong with any red from South America.

Autumn said...

I LOVE rieslings, and my personal favorite comes in a giant 2 foot tall blue bottle from sams/costco for like 10 bucks, and its 1.5 liters (I think) Currently out of it right now but work was rough, could really go for a glass of it now.

Barefoot is pretty good too for inexpensive. I always figure if the wine turns out not too tasty, Sangria time!

We had a red in austria that was 2 euro (about $3.50) that was fabulous. One of the best we have ever bought. We bought 4 bottles and hauled them around in out suitcases so we could have happy hour and not have to pay Vienna prices. I wish I could remember what it was. . .

Mariaa said...

Seconded: Ravenswood and Barefoot. The Ravenswood "Lodi" zinfandel is one of my favorites and I like Barefoot's Sauvignon Blanc. I've also enjoyed the Pepperwood Grove wines in the past, around $9-10, but I can't remember which type I liked best.

Joel said...

Target's vintner's blend red wine cube; $15 for 4 bottles worth, and better than what I'd get in the bottle!

Anonymous said...

If you're in the mood for a little bubbly this holiday... instead of breaking the bank for a top California sparkler or French Champagne, try a Prosecco from Italy or Cava from Spain. Delicious and easily a quarter the price!

Juno said...

Freixenet. It's not "real" champagne, but it's HIGHLY drinkable.

Kara said...

New Age white wine is a crisp, sweet, delicate, fruity white wine that I could drink forever and not get tired of it.

Steff said...

I second (or third, or fourth) Barefoot, but I also love the the Naked Grape, another unoaked wonder (specifically their pinot grigio if you like something a little lighter). Yellowtail does some nice wines, their spicy Shiraz convinced me to give reds the time of day.
I don't know if you can get it in the states, but the Peelee Island Winery's Chardonnay is my current favorite. Its an Ontario VQA around 10$ a bottle and I could drink the stuff like its water.

Hellafied said...

I don't know much, but I know cheap wine!

Vinho Verde at Trader Joe's is $3.99 a bottle and is WONDERFUL.

Also, there is another sparkling white by NV called Albero at Trader Joe's...also $3.99 and fantastic.

Both are crisp, refreshing whites that you can drink with just about anything. I find that even when I serve either of them to people who HATE white wine, they still are very complimentary.

As for red...TJ's has the best cheap Pinot Noir on the market...Blue Fin Pinot Noir. Magic price: $3.99!!