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i've been a fan of codorniu pinot noir cava: lovely taste that never went sweet as the glass warmed up (gotta love the pinot noir). my gripe is that i've been buying this wine for $10. my discount wine store has just jacked up the price (connecticut) to $16.99. what gives? foreign currency translation (euro/dollar)? supply/demand?? price gouging???

can anyone recommend a reasonable substitute in the $10-14 range?

thanks in advance.

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  1. the dollar vs euro gap has been and will continue to be a problem for wine buyers and has been commented on over the last couple of years by various wine publications. that said, a $7 jump sure smacks of gouging. you can do a form of prce check by using some of the internet buying services.

    1. You can still find wines like Mumm Napa Blanc de Noirs, or those from Gloria Ferrer or Chandon from $12.99-15.99, FWIW.

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      1. re: zin1953

        gloria ferrer was a favorite summertime wine until the price here exceeded $16. chandon is quite good also. the price is teetering on my $15.99 cutoff.

      2. Perhaps this isn't exactly a replacement, but I like Piper Sonoma's sparkling wines (they have at least a blanc de noir and a brut), and here in PA they run about $13.

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        1. re: mhoffman

          agree. piper sonoma's blend is very compatible with my tastes. price is still quite reasonable.

        2. modest update.

          i purchased a known quantity, chandon's california rose, and something new to me, a rose cuvee brut from italy's carpene malvolti. the italian sparkler came in around $11. i'll pair these guys off over the weekend and report back. please provide alternatives as you think of them.

          thanks,

          --steve