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Apr 18, 2009 10:32 AM

Good cheap wines

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  1. Veuve du Vernay Brut Rosé is the best cheap bubbly I've come across in a while. It has a nice strawberry nose, toasty, creamy, floral flavors with a hint of white pepper and rose petals, and a long, dry finish. Though quite fruity, it's not sweet at all, and has bracing acidity.

    Per the label the wine is made in France and has 11% alcohol. The Veuve du Vernay Web site says it's 100% Tempranillo, which means the grapes are probably grown in Spain, but it nevertheless tastes French.

    The label recommends serving it at 6-8° C, which is around 45° F (refrigerator cold), but I think that's bad advice. The wine tasted much better after it had warmed up a bit. I'll serve it cellar temperature or slightly cooler in the future, around 55-60°.

    I bought this at K&L $6.99.

    The Veuve du Vernay Brut, made from Colombard, Sauvignon Blanc, and Chardonnay, is the same price, but not nearly as tasty. I drank one glass and used the rest for cooking.

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      The 08 Gazella Vinho Verde is out and it's another good year...the price here in Ohio has gone up to $7 per bottle, but it's still cheap and yummy and low alcohol to boot. I also had a Steltzer Gruner Veltliner that was $14 for a liter that was very good last weekend.

      1. re: Niki in Dayton

        Going price for Gazela in most states is anywhere from (4.99 to 6.99), however if you go to Trader Joe's, they have a private label by Sopgrape (the producer of Gazela) called Espiral for 3.99. It is essentially the same wine, but a different shaped bottle instead of the newly designed one that Gazela currently uses.

        1. re: vinhotinto75

          Didn't taste like the same wine to me. Maybe I'll do a head-to-head.

          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            would love to hear results. I love Gazela but wouldn' t mind saving a few bucks.

        2. re: Niki in Dayton

          in southern california bevmo is offering a non vintage gazella as part of their 5cent sale (going on right now) at two bottles for $9

      2. Some other good buys at K&L, they're closing out some Touraine-Amboise wines from Grange Tiphane (Damien Delecheneau).

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        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          I haven't tried this one yet, but I bought a couple of bottles at K&L. It's on closeout and now less than 1/2 of the original release price:

          2006 Willowbrook "DuNah Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

          1. re: baron45

            Veramonte Sauvignon Blanc ($9.99)
            Chidaine Touraine ($11.99)
            Moulin de Gassac red and white ($9.99)

        2. I haven't had the 2006 Tessier Couer-Cheverney, but the 2004 is very nice. The 2006 is being closed out for $8 at K&L. From Romarantin, what they call the riesling of the Loire.

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          1. re: SteveTimko

            Mmm, I'll have to try that one. $8.99, actually ("was $16).

          2. Santa Rita "120" Sauvignon Blanc ($9.00) from Chile is really good and a best buy.

            1. Got a case of 14 hands Cab from Washington the other day for about $6.80 a bottle, would be a good WBTG for a bar.