Articles Tagged: budget wine

Prosecco For The New Year

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The New Year is upon us!  It’s time to celebrate.  But, if you are like us, you need to celebrate without breaking the budget!  We have solved this problem by spending most New Year’s Eves with our friends and sticking with affordable booze and food that we potluck.  We end up with everything we love for the New Year – good friends, good food and good booze.  For me, an essential component of the evening … Read more

Riunite Lambrusco – Wine Wednesday

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For this week’s Wine Wednesday, we are heading back to the 1970’s and imbibing in it’s most popular wine – Riunite Lambrusco.  As many of you may know, I love, love, love Lambrusco.  It is fizzy and fruity and pairs really well with food.  But, I had never had the wine that beget the craze in the United States – Riunite.  As an aside, Riunite was one of the only Lambruscos available in the United … Read more

Dark Horse Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 – Wine Wednesday

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The Wine Wednesday column has been missing for awhile now!  But, we are back and we will do our best to bring you a bargain wine selection each Wednesday.  Our first return to Wine Wednesday selection is an exclusive at Trader Joe’s, one of our favorite places for bargain wines.  The 2010 Dark Horse Cabernet Sauvignon is an easy drinking Cabernet with tamed tannins and displaying that the grapes hail from a warm growing region.  … Read more

2010 Stoneleigh Pinot Noir Review – Wine Wednesday

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This week’s Wine Wednesday is the 2010 Stoneleigh Pinot Noir and it hails from Marlborough New Zealand.  While we receive this wine as a sample, it appears to retail from $9.99 to $17 and at $9.99, just sneaks into Wine Wednesday.  There have been many a wine from Italy and Spain featured in the Wine Wednesday column, but not so many from New Zealand.  While the wines from New Zealand aren’t overly expensive, they generally … Read more

2010 R Collection Lot No. 3 California Cabernet Sauvignon – Wine Wednesday

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The R Collection is the introductory line by Raymond Vineyards, which traces it’s roots to the immediate post-Prohibition era in Napa.  The founder of Raymond Vinearyds, Roy Raymond arrived in Napa Valley in 1933 and married into the Beringer family.  After working at Beringer for more than 35 years, Roy and his sons started Raymond Vineyards with the family working side by side for their first crush in 1974.  Since then, Raymond Vineyards has earned … Read more

2010 Jacob’s Creek Moscato – Wine Wednesday

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This week’s pick resulted from my desire to please a good friend that isn’t a huge fan of dry wines.  But, she is a huge fan of sweet wines.  However, I was also going to have a table full of other people to please so I couldn’t start off the evening with dessert wine, which is my friend’s absolute favorite.  As I looked over my racks of wine to see what I should take, I … Read more

2010 Campo Viejo Rioja – Wine Wednesday

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Last week’s pick of the week came from Portugal.  This week’s pick comes from it’s neighbor, Spain.  As we have written about in the past, Spain offers incredible value for its quality of wine and a number of prior picks have come from Spain.  There seems to be no stopping Spain and Italy for Wine Wednesday picks.

This week’s pick is the 2010 Campo Viejo Rioja.  This wine is a little unusual as it’s a … Read more

Quinta de Cabriz Dao Colheita 2008 Selectionada – Wine Wednesday

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This week’s selection comes from Portugal.  While we don’t import tons of wine from Portugal in the US and the wines can be challenging to find, in my humble opinion, they are worth the effort.  Portugese wines are generally reasonably priced and I am a fan of the style – somewhere between old world and new world.  The wines typically exhibit ripe red and black fruit redolent of the new world but maintain an earthy … Read more

2010 Quattro Mani Barbera Review – Wine Wednesday

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Quattro Mani is the brainchild of Domaine Select Wine Estates.  It is an offering of second label wines from some of Italy and Slovenia’s best winemakers.  The 2010 Quattro Mani Barbera is made by Danilo Droco, one of Piedmont’s greatest winemakers.  Not only is the Quatro Mani Barbera a zippy little wine, it’s also a great price at $8.99 a bottle.  In fact, it’s one of the best wines priced under $10 that I have … Read more

2010 Domaine Des Cassagnoles Cotes des Gascon Blanc – Wine Wednesday

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This week’s Wine Wednesday is a bright, crisp, zippy white. The wine didn’t pretend to be anything that it wasn’t. It was simple and refreshing and evoked days of summer during the dead of winter.

The Domaine Des Cassagnoles is located in Gascony. I can’t say that I remember having a wine from Gascony before but apparently wines from there were pretty popular during the 1980’s. Since the wine industry is more like the fashion … Read more

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