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Favorite Wines Under $15?

lavendula Mar 2, 2008 07:04 PM

Would like to sample some new wines without breaking the bank :)

Your faves & why?

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    Chicago Mike Mar 2, 2008 08:04 PM

    German rieslings (under 15 of course)... you can about throw darts at the 2005 Mosels.... for that matter American rieslings under 15 are a best buy, IMO.

    Moscato d'Asti can come in around 15 and it's a very versatile semi-sweet frizzy white. Useful with apertif as well as dessert and very food friendly through the meal for that matter.

    In Reds, Valpolicella Ripassa is a great value, you can often find them in the 15 area.

    Another consistent red value are non-trophy tempranillos /blends from great Spanish vintages. Look at excellent non-trophy Riojas from 2001 and 2004 still available in your price range. 2005 looks like a good year too.

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      mengathon Mar 2, 2008 11:11 PM

      This previous thread should be quite helpful.


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        zin1953 Mar 3, 2008 04:57 AM

        It's much easier to reply -- for me, at least -- if I know where you live. There's little point, IMHO, of recommending a wine that's totally unavailable in your area.

        A little info about you, your likes & dislikes, will provide great rewards in return.


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          lavendula Mar 3, 2008 08:15 PM

          Hey Jason,

          I live in Colorado and there are a slew of wine shops in my area! I am trying to move beyond "what I know I like" which is why I kept the post so open ended...I want to try something I haven't heard of, something new & different to me that will open my eyes, nose, taste buds and mind! And, I can go nuts b/c I'm keeping the price low!

          Gimmie all you got!!

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            bubbles4me Mar 3, 2008 08:22 PM

            Without a doubt my #1 value wine right now is Chidaine Touraine! Francois Chidaine is a master with Chenin Blanc from the Loire Valley but this racy Sauvignon Blanc offering from him is wickedly gulpable and I find an embarassing number of empty bottles in my recycling bin every week....at $11.00 it is just silly good.

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              maria lorraine May 6, 2008 09:29 PM

              wickedly gulpable...oh my....

              excellent phrasing. the best wine description I've heard so far this month.

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          lavendula Mar 3, 2008 08:22 PM

          Okay, I will tell you that I really enjoyed this wine last night:

          Pinot Nero, Borgo Magredo, Grave, 2006 from the Friuli region of Italy. It was nice & light and even a bit sweeter than I usually like (lots of strawberry)- but it worked for me!

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            lavendula May 6, 2008 05:15 PM

            I'm adding the Bonterra Vineyards Cab to the list - $16. Full of flavor! My guests couldn't believe how inexpensive the bottle was :)

          2. scrappydog May 7, 2008 07:36 AM

            At $8.99 to $10.99 locally (SOCAL), Bitch (pardon the Australian) Grenache (from Barossa) is a good wine for the money. It is unoaked, and has pleasent but not overpowering fruit flavors. We enjoy it with some lighter grilled fare and mediterraean cuisine. A nice summer red in my opinion.

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              UCLA92 May 7, 2008 12:31 PM

              Justin "The Orphan" right around $15
              2004 Santa Ema Merlot Reserve $9.00
              2006 Strong Arms Shiraz $9.00
              2005 Concha y Toro Cabernet Sauvignon Marqués de Casa, $17. I know it is north of $15, but worth the mention

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                whiner May 8, 2008 02:29 PM

                Leaving vintage aside...

                Most of these wines are widely available

                Borsao Tres Picos (Spain)
                Dhesa Gago (Toro, Spain)
                Finca Sobreno (Toro, Spain)
                Morgante Nero d'Avola (Sicily, Italy)
                Icardi Barbera d'Asti (Piedmont, Italy)

                Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc (NZ)
                Mason Sauvignon Blanc (CA)
                Pra Soave Classico (Veneto, Italy)
                Dr. L Riesling (Mosel, Germany)
                Gysler Scheurebe Halbtrocken (1L bottle, Pfalz, Germany)
                Trimbach Gewurztraminer (Alsace)

                Mumm's Napa Blanc de Noirs ($12/bottle on sale at Safeway half the time)
                Nino Franco Rustico Prosecco (Italy)
                *note: there are LOTS of good Proseccos out there at the $15 range, this is just one of the more universally available ones, and one of the better ones*

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                  lavendula May 12, 2008 04:40 PM

                  Looks like I've got some drinkin' to do!

                2. ibstatguy May 8, 2008 03:11 PM

                  any number of roses from France, Spain; albarinos; garnachas

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                    volkswankin Aug 15, 2009 08:03 PM

                    Just picked up a bottle of the Chateau St. Jean 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon for $9.99. I was blown away by the complexity, structure, and fruit in this wine. Superior value at less than $10.00....could easily stack up against $20 California Cabs.

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                      bricap Aug 19, 2009 05:23 PM

                      I found a new one for the list. This is the 2006 Etim Seleccion, from the Montsant region of Spain. They sell it at Costco for about $10. It's 60% Garnacha, 30% Carinena (Carignan), and 10% Syrah.

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