Walk into any wine shop and you’ll find stacks of cheap bottles of Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet, Merlot, and often Montepulciano. There are some great wines made from these grapes and there are bargains to be found, but bargains don’t discriminate against grapes! We have a number of different varietals from all corners of the wine world that are delicious, interesting, and affordable. You may recognize a number of these bottles as they are constantly being recommended by our staff because of the tremendous value they offer for the quality of wine you receive...and they all fall between $10 and $15.
For some earthier wines try the Col Des Vents Corbières Rouge 2012, a blend of Carignane, Grenache and Syrah, full, rich and gritty earthiness typical of the Corbières region. Do you prefer Italian wine? Try the Alceti Isola dei Profumi Rosso 2012 from Sicily with juicy earthiness, savory spice tones and loads of dark fruit. And perhaps one of the best deals in the earthy red category is the Oxford Landing Shiraz 2012. Somewhat of an oddball for Australian Shiraz, this red has more in common with Northern Rhone Syrah showing earthy, gamey and olive notes, and none of the sweeter baking spices that show so much in other Australian Shirazes.
If you don’t like earthy wines as much, there are always some great fruity options. The Domaine Des Deux Arcs Anjou Rouge 2011 falls right in between showing some of the typical peppery notes of Cabernet Franc, but in a lighter, juicer and a very fruity style. The Lapierre Raisins Gaulois 2013 is a great Gamay from Beaujolais with bright red fruit, a lighter character and it comes with a bet from me that you can’t open a bottle without finishing it! And the last red is probably the bottle I recommend the most from California when someone asks for something delicious, easy and inexpensive: Urbanite Cellars Redart blend. Redart is a blend of 45% Zinfandel, 45% Merlot and 10% Petite Verdot and is full bodied with great spice notes and no heavy oak influence.
If white wine is more your thing, there are some great options. We recently poured the German white Schlossmuhlenhof Muller-Thurgau Trocken 2012 and it was a hit! Slightly richer and very mineral driven this wine is a steal for the money. The same is true of the Chateau Saint Germain Entre Deux Mers Bordeaux Blanc 2013; medium bodied, crisp, and a great balance of mineral and citrus fruit. The Vinicola del Sannio Falanghina Beneventano 2013 is a great light and crisp Italian option with nice saline minerality that keeps your mouth watering.
The last two are truly odd. The first is another Italian white, Cortese from the Piedmont region, the Valley Unite Bianchino 2013. Usually light, delicate and soft, this one has a fuller, waxier texture and wild minty flavors and happens to be very low in added sulfites (bonus). And last but by no means least is the Vegas Altas White Wine 2013 made from the Evos de los Santos variety. This is also organic, light and floral with tangy fruit and a beautiful texture.
Moral of the story: You can come in and try something exciting and different and you don’t have to break the bank to do it!