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Two Cheap, Decent Wines



June 01, 2011 – Comments (11) | RELATED TICKERS: GOOD , WIN , E

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.

Fool on!


Disclosure - A case of the Sangiovese and several bottles of the Pinot followed me home after sampling at the tasting table.

11 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On June 01, 2011 at 10:06 PM, cmfhousel (89.26) wrote:

Columbia Crest Grand Estates. $8, will blow your mind. 

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#2) On June 01, 2011 at 10:11 PM, rd80 (95.16) wrote:

Thanks for the lead Morgan.  I'll look for it next time I'm out shopping.

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#3) On June 01, 2011 at 10:15 PM, Momentum21 (97.35) wrote:

Thanks Russ. TJ's has a red blend called Chariot Gypsy Red for $4.99 that I have found to be pretty decent. For $2.99 though, why drink water? : )

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#4) On June 01, 2011 at 10:21 PM, rd80 (95.16) wrote:

Hi Mo, Thanks for joining in.  I've tried the Chariot Gypsy Red and agree, it's another good recommendation.

Good point.  I'm pretty sure I've paid more for bottled water than for a bottle of the Vola.

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#5) On June 01, 2011 at 10:32 PM, Valyooo (34.48) wrote:

Yeah, I need to hit that up.  When I was in Philly they didn't allow TJ to sell wine, but in NY they do.  I love me some cheap wine (and cheap everything, but especially wine)


Pizza and wine...I like your style

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#6) On June 01, 2011 at 10:39 PM, rd80 (95.16) wrote:

Pizza and wine..

That was dinner tonight :)

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#7) On June 02, 2011 at 12:07 AM, brizzlekizzle (37.27) wrote: thats the best deal for wine, hands down

I get it for 4 dollars a bottle

 And the in the 15 dollar range, rothschild bordeaux 2008, its one of the best wines I have ever had, but that might be a personal choice

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#8) On June 02, 2011 at 11:25 AM, EnigmaDude (58.54) wrote:

No fair - we don't have any Trader Joe's stores in Colorado.  :(

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#9) On June 02, 2011 at 5:23 PM, motleyanimal (36.60) wrote:

Sometimes I get some incredible deals on wine. At my local market a kid was marking down wine that wasn't selling. I am certain Bacchus will forgive me for taking advantage of this kid's youth and inexperience, as he marked down 3 bottles of Ruffino Chianti Riserva Ducale 2006 to $2.00 each.

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#10) On June 02, 2011 at 9:43 PM, rd80 (95.16) wrote:

brizzlekizzle - Thanks for adding to the wine list.  Unfortunately, I don't have any of the stores they list as carrying Aconga near me, but will keep an eye out for it.

EnigmaDude - Bummer on no TJ's.  But you should be able to find the Columbia Crest Morgan recommended almost anywhere and maybe there's a store carrying Aconga near you in Colorado.

motleyanimal - $2 bucks for a great Chiani???  I'm assuming there were only 3 bottles at the mark down price or you'd have loaded up on more of that.

Thanks for the comments.

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#11) On June 06, 2011 at 5:00 PM, JakilaTheHun (99.92) wrote:

Wow, how did I miss a TJ's wine thread? I love Trader Joe's wines!

Some of my favorites from TJ's:


Joseph Handler Sweet Red ($5.50)

Epicuro Nero d'Avola ($6)

Blue Fin Pinot Noir ($4)

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