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apapkin Oct 12, 2008 03:09 PM

I am looking for suggestions for red and white wines to serve at a party this week. Need something in the $10 or less range. I realize that is not a lot so I would like suggestions for the best in the bunch.

Thanks gang

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    jrl2929 Oct 13, 2008 07:44 AM

    Everyone's wine taste is different. I happen to like Avalon for red and the Konrad Sav. blanc for while (both in the under $12 range, someone else might not like them.

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      katecm Oct 13, 2008 08:30 AM

      Where do you live? I'd go to a good liquor store, check out what they have on sale, and then ask if they'll do a 20% discount on top of that if you buy a case. You should be able to get a $15 bottle for $10, so that will definitely help. I like Calvert-Woodley and Paul's (in Friendship Heights on Wisconsin) for excellent service from the wine experts.

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        John Fugel Oct 13, 2008 08:40 AM

        In whites, I have several current favorites in your price range:
        Bogle Sauvignon Blanc 2006 - $9 at Total Wine
        Meridian Santa Barbera Chardonnay 2006 - $7 at Total Wine
        Kendall-Jackson Sauvignon Blanc Vitner's Reserve 2006 - $9 at Total Wine
        Folie a Duex Menage a Trois White 2006 (Blend) - $11 at Total Wine
        Lindeman's Semilion-Chardonnay Bin 77 - 2006 - $7
        Geyser Peak Sauvignon Blanc 2006 - $9 at Total Wine
        Chateau St. Jean Fume Blanc Sonoma 2006 - $9.50 at Total Wine

        Favorite Reds:
        Ravenswood Vintner's Blend Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 - $8 at Total Wine
        Jacob's Creek Shiraz - South Eastern Reserve 2004 - $11 at Total Wine
        Bogle California Petite Syrah 2005 - $9 at Total Wine
        Rosenblum Cellars Vintner's Cuvee XXX NV (Zinfandel Blend) - $10 at Total Wine
        Blackstone California Zinfandel 2005 - $10 at Total Wine
        Alamos Malbec Mendoza 2006 - $7.50 at Total Wine
        Columbia Crest Grand Estates Columbia Valley Merlot 2005 - $9 at Total Wine

        You can't go wrong with any of these. I don't know if you're near a Total Wine store, but I find that their prices are usually very good.

        Enjoy!
        John

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          katecm Oct 13, 2008 08:44 AM

          I'll second the Folie a Deux. It's a nice mix that is very drinkable for a lot of palates, and let's be honest - the name of the blend is a good conversation starter for a party.

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