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Thanks for all the compliments Dooze! I think you'll really like the E. Guigal.. although it's tough because everyone's palates are different, right?



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I'll definitely look for this Cotes du Rhone. It is one of my favorite French blends...I even made one a couple of years ago.

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E. Guigal Cotes du Rhone 2005, 2006, or 2007.

SO delicious! One of my favorite go-to wine's thanks to MRSJENNS husband. It's less than $15.

Deep and dark red tasting of red berries and spices. Full bodied, dry, but so smooth. It's rich and intensely aromatic. It has a long finish and is well balanced.

Grape Varietals
50% Syrah, 40% Grenache, 10% Mourvèdre.

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Hi Dennis;
I had to return the red wine because it was horrible. The bottle had air in it, the cork broke when I tried to open it and she said they are all the signs the wine is bad. I bought some other wine's and when I get a chance I am going to try them. Thanks for the info. Be happy and smile.
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I am not sure that a Zin is the best wine for you to start your red wine adventure, even though Wine Spectator said that the 07 Bogle Old Vine Zin was "Fresh and juicy, with user-friendly black cherry, toasty vanilla and spice notes." (rated at 84 pts.)
I would suggest maybe a Rose' first, then a Pinot Noir? Reds definitely are an acquired taste.
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8/18/10 9:46 P

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I bought that Bogle Vineyards, Old Vine Zinfandel 2007 California and it was the worst. I don't think I can even drink another glass and I am taking it back to the store. What they had at the wine tasting I could have taken because it was good with a little bite that I had to get use too. She said you can't get use to you have to learn to like red. Well I could have gotten use to that more than this one. This one isn't even it the ball park.

I am a very easy going gal that loves people and wants to know as many as I can. I want to make new friends so I can enjoy more of life. When people get to 55 or 60 there are some that think life should be over but guess what it is just beginning. Maybe 50 years ago it was over but not now people are living longer and working in their 70's. I would have been if I didn't have leukemia and it does not stop me but I have good days and bad, so being home if I need rest, I rest, at work I couldn't do


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Middle Sister chardonnay I will try. Friday I have to be out and little one won't be with me so I can go to the wine tasting and find a wine will let you know. Enjoy

I am a very easy going gal that loves people and wants to know as many as I can. I want to make new friends so I can enjoy more of life. When people get to 55 or 60 there are some that think life should be over but guess what it is just beginning. Maybe 50 years ago it was over but not now people are living longer and working in their 70's. I would have been if I didn't have leukemia and it does not stop me but I have good days and bad, so being home if I need rest, I rest, at work I couldn't do


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BLUEPLATE, I am drinking the Middle Sister chardonnay right now! I picked up 2 bottles at Target yesterday because, like you, I'm a sucker for labels and I thought my middle daughter would get a chuckle out of it. emoticon

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This week it will be July on Friday and I am going to a wine tasting so I will let you know what I learn and what I buy and taste. I will only buy 1 a month because there is just me and money is tight but I want to incease my knowledge of wines so bare with me. Enjoy a good glass on the deck watching the stars.

I am a very easy going gal that loves people and wants to know as many as I can. I want to make new friends so I can enjoy more of life. When people get to 55 or 60 there are some that think life should be over but guess what it is just beginning. Maybe 50 years ago it was over but not now people are living longer and working in their 70's. I would have been if I didn't have leukemia and it does not stop me but I have good days and bad, so being home if I need rest, I rest, at work I couldn't do


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I just picked up a case of the recently released 2008 Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay at $9.99 less the ten percent case discount. This is truly a great value. Also it is available at many supermarkets and wine shops. However, you will need to shop to find this price - the wine shops are asking (and getting)
$11 to $15 /bottle. Wine Spectator Mag. just rated this wine 90 pts.
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I can't believe that no one has answered you before now! I like "Oak Leaf" white wines. I' not certain about the reds. I do have friends who stock their wine cellers with nothing else!

Does that mean it's good? I think for $3 you can't beat it most of the time.

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Enjoyed an Aquinas Cab at dinner on Saturday. I looked it up online and found that it goes for $13-$15 the the online retailers. I'll be looking for this low cost Napa Vally Cab at the local wine shops.

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Hey Chattie, you are keeping us in suspense! LOL

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Bought wine tonight and it was $8 something and I will let you know what tomorrow. Just had to get my first bottle and have it on ice.

I am a very easy going gal that loves people and wants to know as many as I can. I want to make new friends so I can enjoy more of life. When people get to 55 or 60 there are some that think life should be over but guess what it is just beginning. Maybe 50 years ago it was over but not now people are living longer and working in their 70's. I would have been if I didn't have leukemia and it does not stop me but I have good days and bad, so being home if I need rest, I rest, at work I couldn't do


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A great wine at about $5 per bottle is Falling Star from Argentina. They offer a cab, merlot, cab-merlot blend, malbec, chard and a sav balnc. Good hunting to you all!
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Lots of Riesling fans - I'll have to try that. My daughter got me hooked on Barefoot moscato.

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My favorite wine is Riesling. The two I stock up on are:

Dr. Loosen (slightly sweet)
St. Urbans-Hof (a bit drier)

Both from the Mosel region of Germany

I can't remember the price but I never buy a case of anything over $15. I think they are in the $12 - $14 range, cheaper by the case.


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My favorite wine is Riesling. The two I stock up on are:

Dr. Loosen (slightly sweet)
St. Urbans-Hof (a bit drier)

Both from the Mosel region of Germany

I can't remember the price but I never buy a case of anything over $15. I think they are in the $12 - $14 range, cheaper by the case.


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My favorite wine is Riesling. The two I stock up on are:

Dr. Loosen (slightly sweet)
St. Urbans-Hof (a bit drier)

Both from the Mosel region of Germany

I can't remember the price but I never buy a case of anything over $15. I think they are in the $12 - $14 range, cheaper by the case.


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Blackstone- Merlot-2007 (California emoticon emoticon ) : $ 8.00 at Costco

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JACOB'S CREEK Cabernet Sauvignon South Eastern Australia 2007 (85 points, $7)
Soft and supple, with a minty edge to the currant and spice flavors, finishing with some refinement. Drink now through 2012. 30,000 cases imported


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5/2/10 10:35 P

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I just bought several bottles of Mendoza merlot for ten dollars a bottle. I really enjoyed it.

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I've been hearing that the Walmart exclusive "Oak Leaf" wine is the new Two-Buck Chuck... apparently it won some award (quite unexpectedly, given its $3 price tag).

Anyone tried it?

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Well, this was the only blend of Cabernet and Carmenere that I could find from the Maipo Valley of Chile:

VIÑA CARMEN
Carmenère-Cabernet Sauvignon Maipo Valley Reserve 2004
Score: 86
Release Price: $16
Country: Chile
Region: Maipo

Supple, with a forward mix of currant, loam, mint and coffee that lingers on the finish. Drink now. 2,200 cases imported.

I have to say, I have never had this wine, nor this blend before.

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Actually, it's not all woe in the world of wine north of 49. I've recently enjoyed a Chilean Carmenere Cabernet Sauvignon called Vina Maipo. It's quite a drinkable table wine for every day. Mind you, I served it to dinner guests a couple of weeks ago and it got raves! It's about $12.

This was my first exposure to the Carmenere grape - Dennis?

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I've been having fun trying out the Middle Sister wines--they're not necessarily strong reflections of their varietals, but they're fun to drink casually (not to mention, I'm a sucker for fun labels)/ They're about $9 - $11, at Target.

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I'm amazed at what great prices you have for wine in the US. American visitors to Vancouver for the Winter Olympics must have been shocked at the prices!

I can only look on and sigh...

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Great tip! I love Columbia Crest! Is it still going on and do you have any other information on the rebate?

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Here is a hot tip. Columbia Crest Wines is offering a rebate of $24 per case for any of their wines. Even their low end (but high quality) Two Vines wines are elgible for this rebate. Here is my plan... the wine retails for $6.99 at my local store, but if I buy more than four bottles I get 10% off, making it 6.29 a bottle, so I buy a case and get an additional $2.00 off per bottle with the $24/case rebate offer, bringing down the price to $4.29 per bottle... for a very decent wine! this is the very best value out there! Ask you wine store manager for the details - it is for a very limited time.
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I almost bought this the other day! Next time I'm at the wine store I'll pick up a bottle. Thanks!

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I find that Folie a Deux's Menage a Trois is a very easy daily wine. It seems they've recently begun marketing it widely--it seems to be everywhere now. I know the winery moved... hopefully they're not making the wine differently. It's been a while since I've had it.

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Yes, thanks for sharing.

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For consistent quality over the years and at a great price I do not think you can beat Columbia Crest Two Vines - all of their varietals are great; Chardonnay, Cabernet, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Cab-Merlot Blend, and others. This wine normally retails for $6.99 at stores like Kroger, Win Dixie, Public, Meijers, Wal-Mart, Costco. If you are patient and vigilant for sales, or buy in volume (6 to 12 bottles) you will find it for $5.49 to $5.99 per bottle. Columbia Crest has a lot of labels on the shelves, so make sure it is their "TWO VINES" label -for great value!
Good Shopping!
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My husband and I love drinking wine. But let's face it, we can't be opening a $25 dollar bottle every night! So I was hoping to get some good recommendations for wines under $15. There's so many out there, many good, but also many bad. So what does everyone recommend?

I'll start with one I recommend in another post.

Bohemian Highway Cabernet 2007 ~10 Dollars for a Magnum.
This wine is a staple in my house. It's not too dry, not too sweet. Has my fruity overtones, hints of cherry, and very little spice. If you drink red wine, it's almost impossible not to like this!


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