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Winners under $10

Wahooty May 10, 2008 05:44 PM

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. :)

  1. washingtonred Jun 27, 2008 10:16 AM

    Candido Salice Salentino

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      dawngwen Jun 22, 2008 08:35 AM

      La Vielle Ferme Cotes Du Ventoux (France) - should be able to get it for $9

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      1. re: dawngwen
        texascarl Jun 23, 2008 08:56 PM

        Laurel Glen 'REDS' - a Zin field blend
        Pacific Rim dry riesling

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        Miglet Jun 18, 2008 11:07 AM

        If she can find it, Golan moscato is always a big hit. Great to share with friends. I've taken to several dinners and everyone has loved it. It is low alcohol, fruity, and sweet without being overwhelming.
        I've seen it from $8 to $11.

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          adventuresinbaking May 13, 2008 10:34 AM

          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.

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            vino5150 May 13, 2008 10:23 AM

            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

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              Val May 13, 2008 07:13 AM

              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.

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                Lenox637 May 11, 2008 09:33 AM

                Tierra de Vientos Tempranillo

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                1. re: Lenox637
                  brandygirl May 11, 2008 10:45 AM

                  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
                    Lenox637 May 12, 2008 11:05 AM

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

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                      Wahooty May 12, 2008 07:45 PM

                      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
                        jdf May 12, 2008 08:04 PM

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

                  2. TonyO May 10, 2008 05:58 PM

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

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