You want some wine that doesn’t taste like grape juice and lighter fluid. And you only have 5 or 6 dollars to spend on it. What do you do? Some would say punt the wine and buy a six-pack of beer. Not a bad suggestion, but there are alternatives it you really want drinkable wine. . . . → Read More: Can You Find Drinkable Wine For 5 Or 6 Bucks?
There is no question that the 2011 vintage was a tough one in California and much of the west coast of the USA. Especially for red wines. I had the opportunity to speak with someone whose family owns a winery in Napa. When I asked him about 2011, he told me they had to . . . → Read More: Were The Experts Wrong? Some Good 2011 California Reds
Most of us are interested in good cheap wine. There are a few people out there, however, who don’t fall into that category. You might ask if a dedicated wine geek really prefers to spend more for wine than he should. I have seen this happen. These folks tend to drink labels rather than wines. If you know someone like this, please do not tell them about these excellent value wines available in 2012. We wouldn’t want them to have an identity crisis or something. . . . → Read More: Three Value Wines For 2012
Now is the winter of our discontent. Hang on a minute. I think that was that done before. Anyway, it’s winter right now, and it looks like higher wine prices are on the horizon. Wine bargains could be fewer and farther between pretty soon. That’s enough to stir anyone’s discontent. . . . → Read More: Higher Wine Prices On The Way?
Bogle has been mentioned here before as having good wine for good prices. It is listed on my Value Wineries and Wines page here on the blog. I have tried their Cabernet Sauvignon, Old Vine Zinfandel, and Petite Sirah and liked all three. Always looking for good wine cheap, I took this opportunity to try one of their whites, a 2009 Chardonnay, and another red, the 2009 Pinot Noir. . . . → Read More: Some More Wine Values From Bogle
The media loves a disaster. It doesn’t matter if it is the general news media, the sports media, or the wine media. Disasters really get those folks fired up. Don’t believe it? Watch any local TV station when an ordinary summer thunderstorm comes calling. You would think it was time to start building an ark. For those of us that follow wine vintages, we were told in the wine press that the 2010 California vintage was not going to be very good. As it turns out, it might be a good time to put down our hammers and bust up the ark for firewood. . . . → Read More: California 2010 Is A Bad Vintage, Right? Maybe Not.
Have you ever refrained from buying a wine because it was too cheap? Yeah, me too. I figured, hey, it can’t be any good at that price. And I was probably right. However, I came across a way to try a $10 wine for $5. The wine was on sale 2 for 1. I will certainly try a $10 wine, but usually not one that lists for $5. Hey, a guy’s gotta have standards. The odd thing here is that I found it in a drug store. . . . → Read More: A Wine Bargain In the Strangest Place
The derision that is heaped upon inexpensive New World chardonnay is remarkable. Lindeman’s is from Australia, but I’ll include it in the New World category because of the style of the wine more than anything else. It is said that inexpensive (or cheap) New World Chardonnay is flabby, without structure, and is over sugared. Some of it, or even a lot of it, certainly fits into that category. But every now and then there is a surprise. . . . → Read More: Lindeman’s Bin 65 Chardonnay – The Rise Of The Scorned
Ask most wine drinkers if the have ever heard of Robert Oatley and they will say no. Many more have heard of Australia’s Rosemount Estate, though. If you have heard of Rosemount estate, you have heard of Robert Oatley. Now into his 80’s, the active Oatley has again released a series of wines honoring his grandfather, James Oatley. . . . → Read More: Tic Tok – Good Affordable Australian Wines