I find it very important to keep my apartment stocked with essentials. And when I say “essentials,” what I actually mean is wine. In that spirit, I used some of my paycheck/grocery budget to buy six bottles of wine. I have a wine rule: Only buy bottles that are 10.99 or under. They can be on sale, but no more than 10.99.
For those of you in the know, my home grocery store is not the nicest. Ghetto Carrs for the win, so this 10.99 and under wine purchasing an exercise in label reading. Today’s classy six pack is a departure because there are NONE in it that I’ve already tried. Ghetto Carrs either stepped up their wine purchasing game, or I haven’t bought wine in a while.
Anyway: Here’s the list and my comments based entirely off their labels! Yay!
Bolla Pinot Grigio-Venezia (9.99). So this is a “Indicazione Geografica Tipica” rather than a “Controlatta,” which means that the grapes are probably from the Veneto, but for 9.99, what do I expect? Bolla makes a pretty fair cheapo Valpolicella, so I’m excited to give this one a try.
Little Roo Chardonnay-Southeast Australia (4.99). This is my cheapest purchase for today, but it’s a Chardonnay and if you keep it cold, I’m sure it’ll be drinkable. The bottle promises “green apple and pear aromas [that] are highlighted by toasty oak.” I have heard these promises on many a bottle of cheap Chardonnay, but the Australians have the corner market on cheap and flavorful wine (Yellow Tail. Don’t pretend you don’t drink it) so it could go well.
Georges Dubceuf Beaujolais-Villages (10.99). I’ve just just started exploring the world of Beaujolais. I’ve enjoyed my experiences with them so far. I love light red wines that are easy to drink, so I have high hopes for this bottle. Plus, it’s not on sale price was 13.99, making it easily the most expensive bottle of wine I’ve bought in a while.
Dona Paula Los Cardos Malbec-Mendoza, Argentina (8.99). Recently Argentina has been my go to for cheap reds. They’re all flavorful, full bodied, and boooozy. This Malbec is fancifully likened to (and named for) the thistle that grows in the Mendoza province. Violet-red and the aroma of cigar box and spice. This one might be my favorite based entirely on the bottle. However, I have a soft spot for Malbec.
Rhone Valley Vineyards La Vieille Ferme Red Wine Blend-Rhone Valley, France (9.99). This is the bastard sibling of the fancypants Chateau de Beaucastel wines. It’s a blend of Grenache, Syrah, Carignan, and Cinsault. I do enjoy blends, there’s a dynamism to them that can be really fun. Plus. It’s a twist off lid. The twist off lid is the cheap wine drinker’s bff.
Dynamite Vineyards Merlot-Sonoma, CA. I bought this entirely because the label was a drawing of “the Pomo Indian legend behind the diamond-like wuartz that sparkles in the soils of one of our volcanic vineyards: The Moon wept when she could not be with her love, a Pomo chieftain and her tears fell to the earth, forming glistening Moon Tears.” I can’t help it. I’m a sucker. The illustration is also beautiful. AND. I actually like Merlot. Stupid Sideways.
And that’s my wine round up for this month. Or two. We’ll see how long it takes me to get through. I’ve been hanging out with a beer drinker lately, and one of my friends just brought me a growler of Homer Brewing Co’s Porter. So, I have beer to supplement my boozing habits. Sorry Dad, no Washington wines this time.