Two Cheap, Decent Wines
The search for value extends well beyond the playing fields of stocks, bonds and economics. I'm a bit of a cheapskate and enjoy finding bargains in wine aisle just about as much as finding a stock that's been tossed in the bargain bin.
One of my favorite places to find decent wine at a good price is Trader Joe's and a recent trip turned up a two'fer. Both hail from Italy and wear the label Vola.
In the red corner, the Vola Sangiovese. The sangiovese grape is the same one used for Chianti and the Sangiovese wine tastes similar to a Chianti. I'm not good at describing the florals, nose and all the flavor description you'll find in a fancy wine magazine, but I thought the Vola was pretty good and should go well with anything normally associated with a red wine - spaghetti w/marinara sauce, pizza, lasagna, red meat, etc.
Representing the world of whites, Vola Pinot Grigo. I'm a red wine guy, but this may be an even better deal than the Sangiovese. It had nice fruit flavors, not too sweet and no bitter aftertaste. Should go well anywhere a white wine is called for.
The best part? Each of these was $2.49 a bottle at the nearest TJ's. Yes, that decimal point is in the right place and the digits are correct. I don't know how they even ship it from the distribution center, let alone from Italy, at that price.
Neither of these wines is going to be featured as a medal winner or get top ranking on some scoring system. But, if anyone knows of a better wine you can buy with a five and get change back, I'd sure like to know about it. If you're a wine drinker who enjoys a good bargain, I recommend giving these a try. Worst case - you tried two wines and are out five bucks.
Disclosure - A case of the Sangiovese and several bottles of the Pinot followed me home after sampling at the tasting table.