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Good, Inexpensive Red Wine



December 31, 2009 – Comments (18)

Tried a new wine with dinner tonight and thought it was pretty good.

Dr. Jebediah Drinkwell's Meritage from Trader Joe's.  I don't recall how much I paid for it, but since it was TJ's and I'm a cheapskate, it couldn't have been more than 7 or 8 bucks a bottle. 

A dry red wine with lots of flavor.  This site has a nice review and puts the price at $6.99

Your turn.  Recommend a good wine that's under $10 a bottle.   Help drinking Fools save some money and add some dimes for Foolanthropy. 

18 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On December 31, 2009 at 11:02 PM, goalie37 (86.69) wrote:

When buying cheap wine at a store where I don't know the selection or a salesman, the safest bets are Chiantis from Italy or Cotes du Rhone from France.

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#2) On December 31, 2009 at 11:11 PM, dickseacup (< 20) wrote:

Smoking Loon cabernet sauvignon is consistent and has been since about 2004. It's a "value label" and they source the grapes from elsewhere (e.g., they have no vineyards) and it's really a blend of cab and syrah (last I knew). But, for $8 (on sale), it's tough to beat.

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#3) On December 31, 2009 at 11:15 PM, HarryCaraysGhost (62.11) wrote:

Have no idea. That stuff gives me terrible headaches, drinking a Bud brewed on 01Dec09. Cost average of .84 cents a bottle

Happy New Year!

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#4) On December 31, 2009 at 11:18 PM, rd80 (95.89) wrote:

Aye, can't ever recall having a bad Italian wine.

Just about time to put down the mouse and pull out the champagne flutes.

Happy New Year!

Who has once again confirmed that wine (in moderation of course)  makes blogging more fun.

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#5) On December 31, 2009 at 11:30 PM, sgmojo (70.07) wrote:

Try Columbia Crest, Grand Estates, Cabernet.....It usually sells for around $8-9 a bottle, and has a chocolate overtone, complexity, and a nice finish.



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#6) On January 01, 2010 at 12:00 AM, Momentum21 (98.09) wrote:

Osborne Solaz Tempranillo/Merlot - Cost Plus World Market sells this one for under $7 at most stores. I am pretty sure that I can get it at mine for $4.97. If you have a Cost Plus near you and like "Value wine" get there now...

I bought six different wines tonight for under $15 bucks or so from there.

Happy New Year! 

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#7) On January 01, 2010 at 12:03 AM, DontBeLate (< 20) wrote:

Cline Red Truck is a nice red wine blend.  It's about $7 or $8 a bottle at Costco, and a buck or two more at TJ's.

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#8) On January 01, 2010 at 10:39 AM, binve (< 20) wrote:

A fantastic <$10 wine is Green Bridge Paso Robles Zinfandel. It is medium bodied, has nice balanced tannins, not too astringent. Just a fantastic drinkable wine. And its organic!! For $9.99. I have only ever seen it at Whole Foods (I think they have exclusive rights). Highly recommeneded. Pick up a half-case and get a 10% discount!

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#9) On January 01, 2010 at 11:51 AM, Entrepreneur58 (37.99) wrote:


Red Diamond Merlot

Stone Cellars Cab

Almost any Argentina Malbec is drinkable for the price.

I would add that I spent most of this Summer in Canada and was absolutely shocked at the price of alcoholic beverages.  Six packs of beer that would sell for 5 or 6 bucks in the US were selling for as much as $14 and wine was about double what it cost at my local Costco.  Say what you want about the US, but at least we can still get drunk on the cheap.

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#10) On January 01, 2010 at 3:43 PM, chlyd (< 20) wrote:

 first is a white semi-sweet riesling from Pacific Rim of Richland, WA. and a red semi-sweet red muscadine from Post Familie of Altus,AR.  both are fruity and tast great.

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#11) On January 01, 2010 at 5:20 PM, go4buffs (98.57) wrote:

Can't remember the last time I bought a bottle of wine over 10 USD.  Sort of the opposite of the comment from Entrepreneur58, I live in Germany, and the beer and wine is extremely cheap - very little taxes as beer and wine are just a part of the culture.

Best bottle of wine that I had cost 2.20 EUR from a winery near Karlsruhe.  Good french wines are about 4-7 EUR.

The weather really sucks in Germany, but the alcohol is cheap!

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#12) On January 01, 2010 at 6:24 PM, EnigmaDude (51.66) wrote:

I just had a good one - Happy Camper.  It's a California Cab.  (and I like the name).

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#13) On January 01, 2010 at 6:46 PM, rd80 (95.89) wrote:

Thanks for all the wine recs.  I'll keep an eye out for these next time I'm out wine shopping.

A couple Chilean cab savs that should be under $10 - Los Vascos and Puerto Viejo.

Happy New Year and Foolanthropy on!

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#14) On January 03, 2010 at 2:42 PM, cthomas1017 (98.34) wrote:

I've been hooked on Argentinian wines for about a year now - just about anything between $5-20 is a good value.  Trader Joe's is where I've been leaning.    I could give you a list of some of my favorites, but I've found as much enjoyment in the exploration as I have in the finds.

Consider this speculation, but perhaps the exchange rate between the US & Argentina has hadf a plesant side effect for us Yanks. :o

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#15) On January 03, 2010 at 3:06 PM, galtline (37.20) wrote:

Give GnarleyHead a try (the Old Vine Zin).  We used to drink wine on a regular basis, and that was a good mainstay.  Grab a bottle and pick up some of the Carrs whole wheat crackers with Dubliner cheese (it's really strong cheese, but absolutely fantastic with the Carrs'll see what I mean).

I see that someone recommended Los Vascos already.  I haven't tried their cab, but I have tried one of their whites (I believe it was the chardonnay...but not positive).  In any case, I enjoyed it immensely.

I also liked the Bogle cab (also under $10, I believe). 

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#16) On January 04, 2010 at 9:42 PM, ikkyu2 (98.13) wrote:

Bevmo was carrying a French Rhone blend by an "M. Chapoutier" that we really liked.  Very French, very $7 a bottle.

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#17) On January 04, 2010 at 10:18 PM, rd80 (95.89) wrote:

I used to travel back and forth to San Diego County fairly often on business. 

I miss Bevmo.  Still get their e-mail ads but haven't tried a cross-country on-line order yet.  

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#18) On January 06, 2010 at 9:02 AM, lumanchu (63.45) wrote:

Costco (at least the ones I"ve shopped at) have a great wine selection.  And just like most of their stuff, they're high quality products that are well priced.  A bunch of them are mass produced of coursse, but totally drinkable for a weeknight table wine e.g. Bogle, Louis Jadot, Yellow Tail).  Yes, I'm a shareholder of COST too, but that's really not why I'm writing this. 

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