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Good crisp Chard under $10?

san antonio eater Jul 22, 2009 12:31 PM

It's just to darn hot in Texas right now to be drinking red wine - really! I need something cool that we can drink every day. My partner doesn't like SB, but neither of us like oaky, buttery Chard either. Need something some suggestions for inexpensive, everyday Chard to sip in the 100 degree heat!

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    comestible RE: san antonio eater Jul 22, 2009 02:48 PM

    I have been liking Calina...can't remember whether it's from Chile or Argentina. It's nice, and where I get it in New Jersey, about $6.00.

    1. invinotheresverde RE: san antonio eater Jul 22, 2009 05:35 PM

      Four Vines makes Naked Chard that's enjoyable for about $8. It's cheap, easy to find and perfectly acceptable as an everyday quaffer

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        texascarl RE: san antonio eater Jul 22, 2009 08:07 PM

        Under $10 and crisp I'd list Columbia Crest Two Vines or Covey Run Quail series as 'everyday sippers' and if you shop carefully Toad Hollow unoaked "Francine's Selection". I find it here at $10 on sale, crisp and delicious.
        If you don't mind blended Chard, look for Hedges CMS white blend - contains some SB with the Chard and Marsanne if that's a deal breaker but it really tastes great. It may be creeping out of your price point soon but should be 10ish. Likewise, the Columbia Crest Vineyard 10 white blend. It's been on sale here several times this summer - great taste and excellent value, esp. if you catch it on sale.


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          san antonio eater RE: san antonio eater Jul 23, 2009 11:54 AM

          Thanks for the excellent suggestions everyone. I have put all of these on my shopping list. Hopefully the weather will cool off soon enough and I can add more variety to my wine sipping.

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            texascarl RE: san antonio eater Jul 23, 2009 02:53 PM

            Forgot to mention Macon-Villages. Should be able to find some in your price range and I'll bet you like 'em. Drouhin, Duboeuf, Jadot...all the big negotiants Macon are pretty easy to find and won't break the bank. Good hunting!

          2. Chinon00 RE: san antonio eater Jul 23, 2009 07:24 PM

            It isn't Chard but rosé is always cheap and appropriate for the heat.

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