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2008/02/21 08:37:16 (permalink)

Best Bottle of Wine under $10.00

I'm always on the lookout for a great bargain on wine. Do you have any favorite red and white wines that come in at $10.00 or less....famous label or little gem??? How about some suggestions!!
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RE: Best Bottle of Wine under $10.00 2008/02/21 10:06:01 (permalink)
2 Buck Chuck! Chow Jim
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RE: Best Bottle of Wine under $10.00 2008/02/21 10:12:56 (permalink)
Two Buck Chuck has been way to inconsistent in my experience.

My "house wine" is Woodbridge Chardonnay -- around here it is $10.99 for a magnum.

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RE: Best Bottle of Wine under $10.00 2008/02/21 11:10:52 (permalink)
Many of the Australian reds are a great value. Recently, we tried 2 bottles of McWilliam's shiraz (2005) at about 10 bucks a pop. We liked them so much, I went back & bought a case.
AND- they were not only on sale for 8.99, but there was the usual 15% discount on the case. I paid less than 8 bucks a bottle.
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RE: Best Bottle of Wine under $10.00 2008/02/21 11:32:14 (permalink)
I like the Ravenswood Zinfandel, and have been pleased to see it selling around $8.99 a bottle lately.
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RE: Best Bottle of Wine under $10.00 2008/02/21 15:06:09 (permalink)
While I do not have a favorite sub-$10 wine, you might want to check out this site:

http://www.cheapwinereviews.com/
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RE: Best Bottle of Wine under $10.00 2008/02/21 15:44:26 (permalink)
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Originally posted by Jeep2000

I like the Ravenswood Zinfandel, and have been pleased to see it selling around $8.99 a bottle lately.

This stuff is good-I keep in the house all the time-don't mind breaking open just to cook with.
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RE: Best Bottle of Wine under $10.00 2008/02/21 16:21:10 (permalink)
My latest favorite red is Mattie's Perch from Australia. Love the Cabernet Shiraz, Shiraz or the Merlot. Can't beat the price and find it fits the purse at around $5.99 tops! Judy
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RE: Best Bottle of Wine under $10.00 2008/02/21 16:45:29 (permalink)
Lindeman's Bin 65 Chardonnay. Very nice at $7 or less a bottle in Mass. For red, Black Swan Shiraz, similarly priced.
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RE: Best Bottle of Wine under $10.00 2008/02/22 10:12:33 (permalink)
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Originally posted by wheregreggeats.com

Two Buck Chuck has been way to inconsistent in my experience.



IT is inconsistent, because they have 4 different bottlings every year. But on the whole, Charles Shaw ($3.29 in DC area) never tastes like a sub $5 bottle, and on occassion, tastes like a $25 dollar bottle.

Sometimes, the wine guy at Trader Joe's (when doing a tasting) will open a bottle of the merlot for me. Heck, it doesn't cost them much. I let him know that if it's good, I'll buy a case. The Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc are probably the most consistent and often taste like other $7-$15 bottles, but when the Cab or Chard is good, they can make you think you're drinking a $25-$32 bottle. The Shiraz is probably the best in consistency as of late. Don't know why, but that seems to be the case on my latest tastings over the past couple years.
It all depends on whose grapes they were able to get on the cheap.

FYI - if you can get your hands on a 2002 Shiraz or a 2005 Chardonnay, you're mind will be blown. Shaw's 2002 Shiraz received the double gold medal at the International Eastern Wine Competition, and the 2005 Chardonnay received 98 points, a double gold, Best of California, and Best of Class at the 2007 California Exposition and State Fair's Commercial Wine Competition. Not too shabby for $2-4.
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RE: Best Bottle of Wine under $10.00 2008/02/22 10:14:14 (permalink)
http://www.ranchozabaco.com/OurWines/dancingbullmain.asp
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RE: Best Bottle of Wine under $10.00 2008/02/22 10:15:56 (permalink)
Seems that many of us are reaching for Australian wines. Got to give them a close look!
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RE: Best Bottle of Wine under $10.00 2008/02/22 11:12:10 (permalink)
Most Australian wines and Chilian wines imported in the US that sell for ~$10 have no distinguishing characteristics. They are consistent, but not consistently great, nor consistently bad. They taste like their namesake (i.e. a Merlot tastes like a Merlot, a Shiraz like a Shiraz) but they have very little in terms of individuality, which IMO, is what separates an average $10 bottle, from an above average $10. I'd almost rather chance it with the Charles Shaw. At least if it's bad, there's something to talk about. There's very little to talk about with any of the Foster's Wine Group (Rosemount, Lindemans, etc), Constellation (Haughton and HArdy), Yellow Tail, Wakefield, Alice White and the like.

Unforunately, these large dominating wineries take away from the smaller more crafted wines that you only see at specialty shops. And those are harder to come by than even a couple years ago, as the large Southeastern Australia wine companies continue to make copious amounts of low-end "consistent" wine. Hopefully, this trend will correct itself, and some of the cooler climate areas that produce some better more distinguishing wines can begin to emerge. Here's a recent article that helps to better explain the Australian wine problem, and IMO, aptly describes the current trend of poorer wines being the main export from Australia. http://www.winereviewonline.com/Franz_on_Australian_Crisis.cfm

at the end of the article he talks about Peter Gago (the wine guy currently in charge of Penfolds' Grange Wine- a well made affordable table wine). Although Penfolds is currently owned by Fosters, Peter Gago does not seem to be swayed by the current trends and is able to make a discernable bottle year in and year out, even if every year doesn't pan out.

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RE: Best Bottle of Wine under $10.00 2008/02/22 11:34:12 (permalink)
Well,if I'm in the mood for a merlot,and I get a merlot that tastes like a merlot should, so what. Some nights,I rather have a consistant wine than play russian roulet. A poor wine you took a chance on,can ruin a night. If you go to the races,use a tip sheet,;if you buy a wine bottle,ask your neighborhood wine salesman,the one whose opinion you trust. That might cut the odds.
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RE: Best Bottle of Wine under $10.00 2008/02/22 12:18:48 (permalink)
http://www.louislatour.com/pages/?id_page=41&id_vin=18

Beaujolais Village, Louis Latore
I've been drinking this for over 20 years whenever I can find it, it should be AROUND $10 now, give or take a few bucks.
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RE: Best Bottle of Wine under $10.00 2008/02/22 12:24:05 (permalink)
I think Toasted Head wines are very good as are Kendel Jackson. I look for sales that bring them to about $10.99
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RE: Best Bottle of Wine under $10.00 2008/02/22 12:25:50 (permalink)
i have not found a drinkable aussie wine yet
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RE: Best Bottle of Wine under $10.00 2008/02/22 13:35:16 (permalink)
CHEERWINE, The Carolina brand Soda- $4.00 a twelve-Pack (unless you can get Sundancer to purchase it for you!)
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RE: Best Bottle of Wine under $10.00 2008/02/22 13:38:16 (permalink)
Carlo Rossi Sangria, $8.99 where I buy it. It's a BIG bottle. And you don't need a cork screw. I drink it on the rocks w/ a squize of lime. Now if I could just find a good use for all those nice glass bottles.

Drinkin that Sangria wine
I love to drink it with old friends of mine... Jerry Jeff Walker

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RE: Best Bottle of Wine under $10.00 2008/02/22 16:16:58 (permalink)
Honestly, I buy the boxes of wine. Black Box Cabernet...try it. If you havene't tried that new small keg of heineken, try that too!
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RE: Best Bottle of Wine under $10.00 2008/02/22 18:38:07 (permalink)
Jreno - try Wolf Blass Australian wine - might change your mind.
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RE: Best Bottle of Wine under $10.00 2008/02/22 19:27:07 (permalink)
I went to a large comparative wine tasting event last year. Actually it was called Wine Appraisal and was a continuing education class for the American Society of Appraisers.

Anyway, the expert teaching the class said he will not drink any Australian wine and likened it to "soda pop."

Me, I cannot tell the difference, but then I ain't got no class.
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RE: Best Bottle of Wine under $10.00 2008/02/24 17:26:14 (permalink)
If you got a Trader Joe's nearby, they have a ton of great wine under $10
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RE: Best Bottle of Wine under $10.00 2008/02/24 18:22:12 (permalink)
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I went to a large comparative wine tasting event last year. Actually it was called Wine Appraisal and was a continuing education class for the American Society of Appraisers.

Anyway, the expert teaching the class said he will not drink any Australian wine and likened it to "soda pop."

Me, I cannot tell the difference, but then I ain't got no class.



I guess your expert might be a wee bit prejudiced against these wines Look at this:

Shirvington Shiraz 2005
750ML Australia Mc Laren Vale

93 points Robert Parker
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RE: Best Bottle of Wine under $10.00 2008/02/25 05:41:50 (permalink)
When it comes to wine, I think there are TOOOO many experts!!!!
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RE: Best Bottle of Wine under $10.00 2008/02/25 10:04:13 (permalink)
In my youth I only knew Thunderbird, Mogen David and red table wine in one gallon screw top jugs. Wines from anywhere under $10 are good enough for me today. There are few that are actually bad anymore. I doubt I could appreciate a more expensive wine. In fact after watching the movie Sideways I did pay $29 for a bottle of Fess Parker pinot noir and did not care for it at all and I did not have a spit bucket handy.
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RE: Best Bottle of Wine under $10.00 2008/02/25 15:02:28 (permalink)
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Originally posted by Kenny da Fat Man

Honestly, I buy the boxes of wine. Black Box Cabernet...try it. If you havene't tried that new small keg of heineken, try that too!


The Black Box is a great boxed wine. The best I've had so far.
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RE: Best Bottle of Wine under $10.00 2008/02/25 15:21:16 (permalink)
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Originally posted by Al-The Mayor-Bowen

CHEERWINE, The Carolina brand Soda- $4.00 a twelve-Pack
Now that's MY kind of drinkin' there, Mr. Mayor! Chris
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RE: Best Bottle of Wine under $10.00 2008/02/25 20:25:33 (permalink)
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Well,if I'm in the mood for a merlot,and I get a merlot that tastes like a merlot should, so what. Some nights,I rather have a consistant wine than play russian roulet. A poor wine you took a chance on,can ruin a night. If you go to the races,use a tip sheet,;if you buy a wine bottle,ask your neighborhood wine salesman,the one whose opinion you trust. That might cut the odds.


yeah, you can cut the odds by talking to the salesman. But, you merely responded to one small facet of my post rather than the general idea of the post. My point was why have a wine that does nothing to distinguish itself? Does one buy food that you know is going to be "adequate?" Or do you try to find a better product for at or near the same price. I would suspect, that the majority of people on this site, would, for the most partm, rather find the better food than settle for "adequate." IMO, one should take their wine as seriously as their food. Why wettle for adequate Alice White, when one can do better for at or near the same price. Simply because of consistency? Well, that's a little short sighted in my view.

These low-end Australian wineries I was talking about, are doing nothing but acting like McDonalds, BK, Wendys, etc. They give out a below average product, and a low price, but because most people's palate are not that versed in wine, (wine represents a very low % of the beverage industry) people are duped into thinking the wine is good. The same way Americans were duped into getting hooked on Budweiser. Now, we Americans have been school for the past 20-25 years about crafted beers, and the intelligent people can tell the difference. Does that mean we won't crack open a bud, or go to McDonalds or drink Alice White form time to time. No, we will. Maybe Alice White is the only option at the 7-11, and you need a bottle quick, and the wine store is closed. Alice White, will have to do. It will be fine, and serve its convenience purpose.

But, equating trying out some other option rather than settleing for Aussy generic as playing russian roulette? That's a little over-dramatic. Unless a bottle of wine has gone bad (mold on the cork, turning to vinegar, the wine was either heated or frozen, etc), I've never had a night ruined by a "bad" bottle of wine. No vintage wine is that bad. No one will ever convince me that their vintage wine was so aweful it ruined a night. By "bad" I simply meant, "not so great." And Aussy generics are not so great. So, they've never ruined a night, but they've rarely enhanced it.

The 2002 Charles Shaw Shiraz, blew the lids off of some people's head, when I told them it was $3.29. Unfortunately for them, by the time my party rolled around, that particular bottling was sold. I had, thankfully, bought 2 cases. One for the party, one for myself.


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RE: Best Bottle of Wine under $10.00 2008/02/25 20:33:54 (permalink)
There's not a great wine under $10. Passable, but not great. As a wine consultant, I taste through about 3000 wines a year for my clients, and I'll often discover a delicious $15-$20 bottle. As for 2 buck chuck, it never tastes like anything but a $1 wine in a $1 bottle. I do think Trader Joes has wines that are tasty enough for every night in the $4-$10 range though.


Sorry for the rant; for me this topic is my own personal "that's not chili."
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