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I'm looking for advice on value-priced every day wines that can be purchased at Trader Joe's, BevMo or Costco. We don't like oaky wines, so we're not fans of Chardonney.
We eat a lot of spicy Thai fish, shrimp, chicken fajitas and Zuni roast chicken, so whites we've enjoyed in the past include Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc, Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc and our favorite, Sokol Blosser Evolution ($17). Would appreciate hearing your suggestions on whites we might enjoy in the $7 to $10 range. We like Fetzer Gurwitz ($7) and Pacific Rim Riesling ($9), but are there any good SVBs in the under $10 range?

With our reds, we enjoy steaks, beef fajitas, BBQ pork, pot roast and hearty red tomato sauce pasta dishes. We like Barberas, Barolas, Amarones, Old vine Zins and Syrahs. Our favorite red is Louis Martini Gnarly Zin, but at over $50/bottle, it's a special occasion wine for us. Every day reds we've enjoyed in the past include Old Moon Zin, Fat Cat, Lindeman Reserve Syrah, and Rosemount Syrah, but except for the Old Moon Zin, I'm finding it increasingly difficult to locate these wines at my local TJ's.

A search of the board turned up the follwing recommendations:

White --- Amaicha Torrontes ($4) Honey Moon Viognier ($5), Ulrich Langguth Riesling ($6), Loire Muscadet (especially for sushi).

Reds --- Charles Shaw Syrah ($3), 2005 Archeo Nero d'Avola ($4), Malbecs from Argentina (just make sure to chill before serving).

Are there any others you would suggest? Thanks in advance for your help!

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  1. My local Costco (Albuquerque) now has Pascual Toso malbec for $8.99. I think it's a steal!

    1. I can speak for Trader Joe's. Based on the wines you are mentioning here are four reds and four whites I would recommend you give a try...

      - 2006 Concha y Toro Casillero del Diablo Carmenere
      - 2004 Columbia Crest Two Vines Cabernet Sauvignon
      - 2005 XS Red California Cabernet Sauvignon
      - 2003 Red Flyer California Red
      - 2006 Geyser Peak California Sauvignon Blanc
      - 2005 Kono Sauvignon Blanc
      - 2006 Dr. Beckermann Piesporter Michelsberg Riesling Spatlese
      - 2006 Santa Ynez Valley Winery Gewurztraminer

      All our reviewed on my site as is the Toso Malbec which is indeed a serious steal.

      Enjoy and let me know what you think!

      Cheers,

      Jason
      www.jasonswineblog.com

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      1. re: jjrzut

        Great list Jason!

      2. Thank you abqdeb and jjrzut for taking the time to post a response. I'll report back after I've had an opportunity to try out some of your suggestions. Many thanks!

        1. My Costco has carried Panaroz Jumilla in the past. Usually in the $8 to $10 range. It needs an hour to 90 minutes to open up. Bogle Old Vine Zin is sometimes on sale for $10 or less.

          1. McManis (merlot and cab )
            Cycles Gladiator (merlot and cab)
            Blackstone (I prefer the merlot) -- $11
            Windmill (Old vine Zinf)
            Rex Goliath

            Seen these at other places too. Just found the Blackstone on sale for $9 at Safeway.

            If you like organic foods (or just fresh veggies and high quality products), you should look at Whole Foods. They also have a pretty decent selection of $8-15 wine that is usually pretty good.

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            1. re: Miglet

              Thanks Steve and Miglet for the additional recs! I made a TJ run last night and picked up a bunch of different bottles, so it may take us a while to get through these and try the ones you suggested.

              I happened to run into a TJ's wine guy yesterday. He strongly suggested Gravity Hills Base Camp Syrah ($5) and BR Cohn Silver Label Cabernet ($15). He advised against the Cake-something Malbac ($15) and the $4 Malbac, and suggested I wait for the new $9-$10 Malbac that should be in stores shortly.

              I picked up a few bottles of the Gravity Hills and BR Cohn and the Geyser Peak SVB ($8) and Ruggero Nero D'Avola ($4) that Jason suggested. Will report back after we've had a chance to sample all of this wine!

            2. not specific recommendations, but a general principle I use when choosing unknown wines: I think the likelihood of a <$10 wine being pretty good increases if you choose Argentina (malbec and torrontés) or Spain (jumilla, castilla y léon, rueda and many more...). Southern France is often a good bet, too. Rare are the passable cheap US wines, and with Chile and Australia are such a mix of decent stuff and crap, you have to know which are good before you shop.

              1. Bogle (California) makes a serviceable Zin and Petite Sirah that you should be able to find for $10 or less at TJ's or elsewhere.

                Santa Cristina is an Italian red wine from Tuscany that is made by Antinori. I have recently seen it for sale at TJ's for $8.99 (I think).

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                1. re: DavidT

                  I will also vouch for Santa Christina Sangiovese...$7.99 here (FL), pretty nice red wine!

                  1. re: Val

                    Because Santa Christina is made with 10% Merlot, some might call it a $7.99 Super Tuscan. Antinori calls it Toscana.