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Posted: Jan 12, 2006 2:26 pm
Ok Goners, who's a wino? I drink a bottle or two of red most Sundays.
I'm not talkin' screw top MD2020, but decent wine for under 10 bucks a bottle. I've been drinking the shit out of the Yellow Tail. Pretty good Aussie wine for about six bucks. I really like Bogle Merlot, when its on sale its around 8-9 bucks. Any other favorites out there?
Posted: Jan 12, 2006 2:30 pm
Yellow Tail is good for cheap; I have slacked outta my wino phase for now. We had like 2 cases of really nice ($15 bottle wholesale) wine leftover after our wedding. Totally spoiled me.
Posted: Jan 12, 2006 2:40 pm
Nathanson Creek Merlot - $9.82 for a magnum at the Brown Jug. They don't even ask what I want there anymore...just walk over and pick up a bottle of my "swill".
Posted: Jan 12, 2006 3:09 pm
Choncha y Toro (Frontera) makes several VERY cheap, decent tasting red wines. The Cabernet Merlot is my fave. Also very cheap, Marcus James makes a good Merlot. Similar to Yellow Tail in quality, but cheaper. Going up in price, I like Penfold's and Jacob's Creek, every red they have under $10 is good, but the blends (prolly Shiraz Cabernet) are my favorite.
Posted: Jan 12, 2006 3:12 pm
I'll have to check those out. I also get the Boony Doon Big House Red and sometimes the Coppola Rosso.
Posted: Jan 12, 2006 3:17 pm
Posted: Jan 12, 2006 5:31 pm
I second what lula pee says about the Concha y Toro......also look at a wine called Citra......under 10 bucks for the big bottle.....they make a Italian wine called Montlepuciano D'Abruzzo.......fantastic for a cheap wine.
Posted: Jan 12, 2006 5:36 pm
I had a white recently called Simi that was great, and I usually don't drink that stuff.
Posted: Jan 12, 2006 6:51 pm
also look at a wine called Citra
That shit is the fucking bargain!
I've noticed that most liquor stores won't carry it because it's so inexpensive. But I can usually find it at the grocery. All wine should come in bottles as big.
Posted: Jan 12, 2006 7:00 pm
I like the little penguin...
Posted: Jan 12, 2006 7:34 pm
I grew up in the southern wine country of California and spent most of my youth (late teens/20s) "supporting" Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers and preferred to drink French wines. Someone told me last night that it was a clever way to show communist/socialist solidarity and still be a wine snob.

However, in the last 20 years, I've come to appreciate the cheap and the costly wines grown in our region.

Qupe Syrah - used to be a $4/bottle delicious fruity thang. Then Robert Parker wrote about it and its much more. Same wine, same vines...

From our region - Babcock and Meridien make potable reds and whites for super cheap

But I'm with y'all on Yellow Tail (we get it at Sav-On for $5-6 a bottle)
Concha y Toro is not bad for cheap and neither is Montlepuciano D'Abruzzo. Coppolla Rosso is one good fair priced wine.

I LOVE the Trader Joe's $2 Chuck
Posted: Jan 12, 2006 7:50 pm
I LOVE the Trader Joe's $2 Chuck

Two Buck Chuck is THE way to go! For causal swillin- it can't be beat!
Posted: Jan 12, 2006 8:05 pm
Two Buck Chuck is THE way to go!

I don't drink wine, but I see people at T. Joe's buying this stuff by the caseload. At that price, I'm surprised more derelicts don't go to TJ's to get their drunk on.

I had someone tell me once that some of the boxed wines were actually pretty good e.g. Franzia. Was she full of crap? If not, it's only $5.99 for a box of wine at Grocery Outlet.
Posted: Jan 12, 2006 8:09 pm
I only drink the finest vintage Beaujoulais Nouveau.

Posted: Jan 12, 2006 8:29 pm
Two Buck Chuck is THE way to go!

Damn I can't believe I failed to mention this. Many dollars have gone to the support of Charles Shaw.
Posted: Jan 12, 2006 9:28 pm
What the heck is this "two buck chuck"? I can't get past the anxiety-riddled moms with toddlers to the wines at TJ's.
Posted: Jan 12, 2006 9:40 pm | Edited by: unfriendly1
Posted: Jan 12, 2006 9:47 pm
What the heck is this "two buck chuck"?

It's actually like $4 now, since it won some awards. And the vineyard or whatever is Charles Shaw. Most TJs have a whole wall dedicated to this dude. California wine.
Posted: Jan 12, 2006 9:50 pm
It's actually like $4 now, since it won some awards.

It was still $2 when I bought a bottle to take to a Xmas party last month. Fiery, as far as I know, it's only available at Trader Joe's.
Posted: Jan 12, 2006 9:51 pm
I love TJs but like I said, the Volvos badly parked/toddlers screaming/jittery moms/middle aged dads looking at you a little too longingly/jabrone cashiers hitting on you nonstop ("COOL TAT!!!!") makes it a very unpleasant shopping experience for me.
Posted: Jan 12, 2006 9:59 pm
And why is EVERY TJ's so small? They've built a few new ones in the Bay Area in the last couple of years and they never make them any larger, even though they're always packed, especially on weekends.
Posted: Jan 12, 2006 10:04 pm
I think they believe they have branded all of my aspects mentioned above as part of their "Store Experience". I'm telling you, that is why I don't go. I love the miso soup packets! The salsa! The frozen thai dumpling things! The cheaply priced Soy Vay marinade! But I must stay away cos it puts me in a shitty mood.
Posted: Jan 12, 2006 10:37 pm
I don't know of Trader Joe's...I'd settle for being able to buy wine at the Kroger.
Posted: Jan 13, 2006 12:28 am
It was still $2 when I bought a bottle to take to a Xmas party last month.

Seriously? One more reason to move out of Columbus... It's like $3.69 here!

Fiery, I completely understand your distaste. It's a miserable experience. I happen to work 3 mins from one, so I go at very off hours of the day.
Posted: Jan 13, 2006 12:44 am
No trader Joe's here in Austin, just World markets.
Posted: Jan 13, 2006 12:53 am
One more reason to move out of Columbus... It's like $3.69 here!

I imagine the shipping from Wine Country to Oakland is less than out to Ohio.

Fiery, I completely understand your distaste. It's a miserable experience.

Very true. However, I would rather spend one HOUR in a Trader Joe's than one MINUTE in a Whole Foods. The one is SF is like the 6th concentric circle of hell.
Posted: Jan 13, 2006 1:14 am
okay. for white wine, marques de caceres white rioja at $7 a bottle is my favorite goddamn thing ever. it's gotten harder to find and possibly more expensive recently.

for reds, I usually go with spanish wine priced in the $7-9 range because they're generally all pretty good. dipping down into the four dollar range is rene barbier, a table wine from the east coast of spain... not a great wine but not too shabby for the price.
Posted: Jan 13, 2006 1:41 am
trader joe's kicks ass for all cheap wine between $4-$6. AND! the yellowtail there is around $4! yes yes yes...
Posted: Jan 13, 2006 2:10 am
I'm drinkin' Gato Negro shiraz from Chile right now and lemme just tell you, it's gooooood.
Posted: Jan 13, 2006 2:12 am
I heard some fancy wine guy talk about how that mostly all wine priced in the $9-13 range is pretty equal, quality-wise, and the next really noticable differences start to show up in the $20 and up price range.

Usually around here you can get the Louis Jadot Beaujoulais for around $8. Another French wine I lake to snap up (when I can find it) is called V.F.- can usually be had for $6 a bottle.

I like this one- I think it's called "Delicata"- boxed wine that's a step up from Franzia- pretty good, and only about $16 for 4 bottles worth. Good for camping trips and sangria making.
Posted: Jan 13, 2006 2:35 am | Edited by: Hugh Jass
I like this one- I think it's called "Delicata"- boxed wine that's a step up from Franzia- pretty good, and only about $16 for 4 bottles worth. Good for camping trips and sangria making.

You've gotta admit, that "5.99 for a box of a wine" makes a better chorus for a song, though.
Posted: Jan 13, 2006 3:31 am
marques de caceres white rioja

I can't believe someone else drinks this stuff! I got it cos the packaging is so classic. It was my favorite drink of last summer!
Posted: Jan 13, 2006 11:53 am
sangria making.

I use the cheapest of cheap wines for sangria - Riunite Lambrusco - and it is GOOD! At least, it's good in my sangria. Everyone begs me to make it when we're at my house. Fortunately, the carryout a block away always stocks the extra huge bottles.
Posted: Jan 13, 2006 2:19 pm
We don't have a Trader Joe's here in Pittsburgh. But a great $10 red is the Glen Ellen Cabernet. I like it a lot.
Posted: Jan 13, 2006 8:42 pm
NEVER discount box wine, SERIOUSLY!!!

It's actually not bad, the packaging is very efficient economically and ergonomically....because the bag in the box collpases as it empties it prevents wine from oxidizing and going bad quickly....Australians swear by box wine and they drink threee times what we do.....

oh, but never bring a box of wine to a nice restaraunt....
Posted: Jan 13, 2006 9:08 pm
oh, but never bring a box of wine to a nice restaraunt....

I think that would be hilarious to watch the uppity waiter's face when he came by and noticed the big box of wine on your table. Better yet, bring your wine in one of those hippie Bota Bags. Can they charge a "corking fee" when there's no cork?
Posted: Jan 13, 2006 9:35 pm
It seems everybody but us good ol Americans drink wine from boxes and or screw-tops. Bonny Doon switched to the screw-top a couple of years ago and at first, I was like, "what is this shit? Night Train?" I read a couple articles later expousing the merits of the screw top vs. the cork, and the cork appears to be on the decline. Has more to do with the economics of packaging.
Posted: Jan 13, 2006 10:05 pm
I think screwtops keep a better seal, too.
Posted: Jan 14, 2006 2:02 am
Gallo Sangria for 12 bucks a gallon is really good. Really too sweet for a lot of folks and more of a summer picnic wine but If you're drinking fot the buzz and its an occasion to get drunk on a budget Its good screw top. Kind of like juice with a kick and you can tolerate a lot without macking a jackass out of yourself. Unless you're just a jackass anyway.
Posted: Jan 14, 2006 2:38 am
Spanish and Chilean wines do seem to be priced right for what you get. I recently picked up a bottle of "Pepper Ridge" Pinot Noir (not because of the movie Sideways, either) for $6.99. Cheap, good and from California. I thought it was from Oregon or something. Who could know?
Posted: Jan 14, 2006 6:28 pm
I like the little penguin...

We picked up a party bottle of the little penguin to drink with Little Italy pizza last night and it dyed our lips, tongue and teeth. Morti Viventi mouth!
Posted: Jan 15, 2006 12:27 am
louis jadot beaujolais. $9.99 a bottle. an excellent wine at an affordable price.
Posted: Jan 15, 2006 1:09 am
booooooooooooooooooooooonnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnssssssss faaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrrmmmmmmmmmm!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted: Jan 15, 2006 7:07 am | Edited by: colbito
It seems everybody but us good ol Americans drink wine from boxes and or screw-tops.

New Zealand whites are almost exclusively screw caps now...

I think screwtops keep a better seal, too.

they are, there's no room for argument....
Posted: Jan 18, 2006 7:45 pm
I love my 2 buck Chuck (which is more like $2.99 in these here parts). I love the fact that I can buy a bottle of wine for less than a glass of wine at a club/restaurant! I usually go higher for "gift wine" (like for my hairdresser I spend $15-$20 for a bottle), but at home I drink the cheap stuff.
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