October 14, 2009

Wine Finds

It's been a long time since my last Wine Finds post, mainly because I haven't come across anything worth telling you about. But now I have...

Wine Finds is where I tell you about a great wine that's under $10, based on my completely subjective opinion and absolutely no training whatsoever. I've never taken a wine course, read Wine Spectator magazine, or anything like that. My sole qualification is the fact that I drink a fair amount of wine, and I know what I like. I think people should be able to drink quality wine on a budget, and especially in California it's very possible to do so.

This Menage a Trois California Red Wine is a reader recommendation, and it's a great one. Betsy from Married With Luggage suggested I try it, and boy am I glad I did. I shared this with my husband and one of our best friends, and we all enjoyed it very much. Yes, appropriately, three of us shared this bottle.

The taste was complex, jam-like, and delicious. I will definitely buy it again. It's a blend of zinfandel, merlot, and cabernet sauvignon, and I think it brings the best of each to the table. And I love blends, which you can read in this post about Bogle Merlot. Betsy says they refer to it as their "house wine" because they drink it more than any other wine and buy it by the case. She says they actually get a better price that way.

Even if you don't live in California, you may soon be able to buy a greater variety of good affordable wines. When my husband and I drove across Highway 40 last month, we were surprised to see vineyards in nearly every state we passed through: Tennessee, Arkansas, New Mexico, Texas, and Oklahoma. We even stopped for a wine tasting in Tennessee, and bought a bottle to share in our hotel room that evening. It was a Cabernet Sauvignon, and it was smooth and delicious.

Have you ever tried the Menage a Trois? Do you have any favorite wines that cost less than $10? Let me know in the Comments section. And click here if you want to check out previous installments of Wine Finds.

3 comments:

hiptobeme said...

Angela- Kniiting-it's like riding a bike and talk about frugal! I am really trying to get back into it. There are tons of free patterns on the web. And I get all my supplies second hand. Very Compacty wouldn't you say? I imagine knitting would go well with your wine as well.
Uh, maybe not :)Sorry, I'm off topic.

Betsy Talbot said...

I'm so glad you liked it! It is a good idea to check out your local wine discounters and warehouses instead of relying on Trader Joe's or Cost Plus. If you let them know the wine you like, they will let you know when it goes on sale.

We once got a case as low as $5.99/bottle, but most of the time we pay in the $7-8 range for this wine. It is a good everyday wine and great value and I don't hesitate to serve it to guests.

Anonymous said...

Yes, this wine is fantastic.

-Anne from Maine (living in Cincinnati)