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Husky Nov 10, 2006 09:31 PM

Santonegro 2005 Monastrell -- an excellent, food friendly wine at $5.99 at Trader Joe's.

From the producer's site -- Tasting note: It has a violet red cherry color, aromas of red fruit, it is velvety and balanced on the palate, with excellent tannins.

  1. Cheese Boy Nov 11, 2006 05:57 AM

    Ruggero di Tasso ...Nero D'Avola available at TJ's ($5 range).

    I also like the Terra Australis Shiraz, also available at TJ's.

    1. c
      Chicago Mike Nov 11, 2006 07:43 AM

      By "everyday" I assume you're looking for an excellent red wine "reasonably priced":

      Chilean Cabernet
      Argentinian malbec
      Calif. Zinfandel
      Italian Valpolicella ripasso
      Spanish tempranillo
      Aussie Shiraz


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        Val Nov 11, 2006 10:24 PM

        Am drinking Penascal Tempranillo tonight from Publix @ $5.99...really quite good! Am surprised but am totally enjoying it!

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          josheva Nov 11, 2006 10:32 PM

          Norton (Malbec) so delicious and never more than $8.99
          Alamos (also Malbec) under $12

          1. Ed Dibble Nov 20, 2006 01:33 PM

            Castano Yecla Monastrell $5.95-$6.99. I like even better than the Santonegro. To my tongue same depth of flavor and more complexity. Blows away any comparably priced Aussies. Your results may differ.


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            1. re: Ed Dibble
              RichardA Nov 20, 2006 01:42 PM

              Hill & Dale Pinotage, South Africa $8-9
              Panarroz, Jumilla, Spain $7-9

              1. re: RichardA
                Atomica Jan 21, 2007 06:40 PM

                If you're in the Bay Area, my husband bought a bunch of the Jumilla Panarroz at Grocery Outlet in Berkeley for 99 cents a bottle. It's alright, I guess.

              2. re: Ed Dibble
                Husky Nov 20, 2006 08:25 PM

                Is the Castano Yecla also available at Trader Joe's?

                1. re: Husky
                  Ed Dibble Nov 21, 2006 02:01 PM

                  No, I have found it at Whole Foods and at a bevarage discounter.


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                huruta Nov 20, 2006 03:34 PM

                Columbia Crest 2003 merlot (grand estates), $8-12 depending on location. The 2001 was what got us interested in WA wines, 2002 wasn't so good but the 2003 is much closer to the 2001. It is a great value for the price.

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                  ladymonty Nov 21, 2006 08:40 AM

                  Pinot Noir: Casa de la Cruz - Sonoma Coast ($15)

                  Zinfandel: Rosenblum Richard Sauret ($20)

                  Syrah blend: Rosenblum Chateau La Paws ($10)

                  Cabernet: Justin - Paso Robles ($18)

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                  1. re: ladymonty
                    AlabasterDisaster Nov 22, 2006 04:57 PM

                    Ladymonty, that is a great price for the Justin Cabernet. I don't even get that as a member of the wine club. Where can you find it for $18?

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                      Philly Nov 22, 2006 05:27 PM

                      I've purchased it for under $20 at both Pavillions and Hi-Time Wines in southern CA.

                      1. re: AlabasterDisaster
                        ladymonty Nov 23, 2006 02:31 AM

                        19 dollars at pavillions in hancock park right now if you have a pavillions club card.

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                      zack Nov 22, 2006 10:52 PM

                      Falesco Vitiano 2004 $8

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                        cawino Nov 25, 2006 07:01 PM

                        "REX GOLIATH 47 POUND ROOSTER Cabernet $6.99 and sometimes on sale for $5.99. Excellent for the price. Here is their web site:

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                          Fidelixi Jan 6, 2007 08:32 PM

                          Somebody left a bottle of BOLLA VALPOLICELLA at our place as a housewarming gift during the holidays; the other night, I figured, "let's try it... if it sucks we'll move on to something else." I thought it was a great, simple, soft, medium-bodied wine with typical varietal/regional characteristics. It's $5.50 at my local Pavillions.

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                          1. re: Fidelixi
                            Robert Lauriston Jan 17, 2007 04:11 PM

                            It's good but has to be drunk young.

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                            guabiroba Jan 6, 2007 08:37 PM

                            parallel 45 french cote du rhone +- 7 bucks, tastes like a 20 bucks bottle!

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                              modelseat Jan 6, 2007 08:47 PM

                              i would say Beaulieu Vineyard wines are great! Can be a bit pricey, but, isn't wine suppose to be sipped for the taste instead of getting tipsy???...and then there is the Ruffino Chianti....sooooo yummy... why not have a burger and a good wine?....hell it's not that Carl's JR they serve @ The Palms in Vegas....but, it tastes beautifully together!! Try it!!!

                              1. jbyoga Jan 6, 2007 08:48 PM

                                Try Bonny Doone 'Big House Red' around $10 and very nice...

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                                1. re: jbyoga
                                  sgwood415 Jan 7, 2007 03:42 PM

                                  My thoughts too. Big House Red and Big House White are great budget wines.

                                  1. re: sgwood415
                                    Ed Dibble Jan 7, 2007 08:23 PM

                                    Just a reminder: Randall Graham has sold the Big House label. I don't know which vintage will be from the new owners, but be careful with Big House wines in the future.


                                  2. re: jbyoga
                                    melly Jan 7, 2007 09:09 PM

                                    I agree.

                                  3. Tom M of Durham NC Jan 6, 2007 08:51 PM

                                    Our local Costco sells Maciarelli Montepulciano D'Abruzzo for $6.99, and it has essentially become the "house wine," pardon the pun. It also sells Marques de Caceres Rioja for $8.99 a bottle; we drink a lot of that as well.

                                    1. luv2bake Jan 7, 2007 08:25 PM

                                      I don't really drink anymore (blood sugar issues), but I used to really enjoy Walnut Crest Merlot. It used to be really cheap but went up in price with its popularity. However, last time I bought it (for guests), it was still reasonably priced.

                                      We also recently got a good, reasonable cab.sauv. I'll try to remember to check on that and get back to you.

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                                        melly Jan 7, 2007 09:09 PM

                                        Yellowtail shiraz

                                        1. j
                                          jaydee Jan 8, 2007 05:23 AM

                                          pillar box red (aussie red blend) - 10 bucks a bottle, though can be cheaper by the case.

                                          ringland has his touch/hand in a couple of budget wines i enjoy...
                                          'bitch' grenache (south australia)
                                          evil cabernet
                                          pure evil chardonnay

                                          haven't tried the 'bon bon' rose - but word is, that is good too.

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                                          1. re: jaydee
                                            Striver Jan 17, 2007 05:39 PM

                                            Pillar Box Red is selling here in NJ for $8 a bottle, and is a surprisingly good buy for a table red at that price.

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                                            cherie Jan 8, 2007 08:26 PM

                                            Gyser Peak Cabernet ($12)
                                            Edna Valley Chardonnay

                                            1. austx03 Jan 17, 2007 03:37 AM

                                              Colosi from Sicily, 100% Nero d’Avola grapes. great taste for around $7
                                              also from Sicily but a few bucks more is Planeta La Segreta Rosso. a blend but basic Nero d'Avola grape. used to be less expensive but for an everyday treat its worth it.
                                              I'll pass this alone to you. I've heard there is wine coming out of Ecuador made from the tannet grape. I've only heard of this grape grown in France north of Gascony. but I've been told they are growing it in South America and it is great and cheap. to me that grape grown in France is too tannic and have had it only toned down with cabernet. since you live in SF you might have earlier access to this wine than I will in central Texas. check it out. sorry I don't have a brand name for you. ask by the grape varietal. let me know if you find any and your take on it.

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                                              1. re: austx03
                                                austx03 Jan 17, 2007 03:32 PM

                                                I made a mistake on my post yesterday. that wine I was telling you about is not from Ecuador, but from Uruguay. sorry about that.

                                              2. rdesmond Jan 17, 2007 03:38 PM

                                                This one is awesome:
                                                Crane Lake Petite Syrah-get the 2003 if you can. Here on the East Coast, it's 4.99 a bottle. Inky, stainy, grapey, yummy!

                                                1. Robert Lauriston Jan 17, 2007 04:16 PM

                                                  My current everyday red is Blason cabernet franc. Typical Friuli Isonzo style, well-balanced, lots of fruit, no oak, high acid, moderate alcohol.


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                                                    kenito799 Jan 18, 2007 01:39 PM

                                                    Delas Freres Cote du Ventoux $6...nice southern Rhone red

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