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May 10, 2008 05:44 PM

Winners under $10

Okay, Winehounds, I need help on behalf of a friend. She has been invited to a wine-tasting party where the idea is, bring two bottles of your favorite wine under $10. One bottle will be used for tasting, the other goes into a prize basket, which goes home with the person who brought the wine judged the favorite by the group. So we're not only looking for a great value bottle, but one that will appeal to a broad variety of tastes. From what I know of my friend and the hostess, I'd say the crowd will likely be late-20's, people who like drinking wine but don't know a whole lot about it. She asked for my help in picking something, but since I've been living in Toronto for a year and a half and she lives in Indianapolis, I'm in a totally different wine market and have no idea anymore what she can get, or even what prices some of my old favorites are commanding in the States these days. If you have any suggestions, they'd be greatly appreciated - she really, REALLY wants to win. :)

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  1. Red; Columbia Crest Two Vines Shiraz
    White: Clean Slate Riesling

      1. re: Lenox637

        Tempranillo wines are one of my favorites, although I haven't had the one Lenox637 is recommending. If your friend cannot find that one, wines from Chile and Argentina are great values so I would also consider those.

        1. re: brandygirl

          There's one I think the name is Las Piedras Mourvedre from Mendoza

          1. re: brandygirl

            Oh, I know - I've actually found an under-$10 Argentine malbec up here that I really enjoy (tasty for under $10 being a virtually impossible feat in Ontario). But most of the ones that I like are the ones that aren't too likely to go over well with this sort of crowd - I tend to like wines that are a little rough around the edges.
            So far, she likes the idea of doing a Spanish wine, since the hostess is a Spanish teacher and spent some time there. I've now got her considering cava, based on what I know about the tastes of one or two of the guests. I think a light, easy bubbly might go over well.

            1. re: Wahooty

              Along those lines...we've enjoyed the Cristalino, which is a Cava for about $8. Not super complex, but enjoyable for the price.

        2. My 2 favorite cheap reds: Almira Los Dos (garnacha) and Coppola's Rosso ... I'm in Florida and I'm not sure if these are available in her area...not everyone can find every wine in their area.

          1. Black River Pinot Noir/Merlot from Patagonia, Argentina $7
            Toso sparkling wine ...$8...Argentina
            Barahonda Carro...Spain...$8
            Luzon...Monastrell/syrah blend from Spain...$8
            Vista Mar Sepia Pinot Noir $7 from Chile

            1. I really like Ravenswood Vinters Blend and I've seen it for 6.50 - 9 dollars.

              Casal Garcia is a really drinkable Vino Verde from Portugal that is about 8 bucks a bottle. It is a low alcohol easy to drink wine with a little evervescence to it. Everyone I know who tried it likes it a lot.

              Trapiche is a pretty good Argetinian Malbec. I've served it to a few people and everyone seems to like it.

              Eco Domoni's Pino Grigio is also pretty good, but I'm not much of a white wine drinker.

              These are just a few I can think of right now. I've also had some good in these types of competions going to my local wine shop and talking to the people who work there.