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Dec 9, 2010 02:23 PM

best value sippers available in Van

i know this has been asked but not for a few years now, thought i would ask again as there are always new offerings coming to market, looking for both red and whites and under $15 , and a tenner even better at BCLS preferebly or privates in downtown core area

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  1. Currently a big fan of the offerings from Bodegas Castaño. Spanish wines, from the smaller, lesser known origin of Yecla. They have 3 wines all under the $15 mark. All are Monastrell (genetic equivalent of Mourvedre) and all are delicious. $9 Casoña is a straightforward everyday drinking wine. Very drinkable, nothing stands out, but it doesn't taste like other $9 wines on the market. My favorite is the $12 simply labeled Castano Monastrell. Fantastic old world profile, red berries, bit of mineral and barnyard aromas. Very hard to believe it sells for that price in BC. The higher end Hecula is also quite nice, but I find it hard to put in the extra $3.

      1. Yikes, I mis-read the "sipper" part for um, a different word !!

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        1. re: LotusRapper

          You mean slipper, right? This is a very handy thread...

          1. re: grayelf

            Peller Estates Pinto Grigio On Sale for less than $8 @ your neighbourhood LCB.

            It's one of those mongrel varieties you never know where the grapes are from but this batch is a bargain and tastes as good as many selling for twice even three times as much.

            1. re: Sam Salmon

              For under $15 the Spanish Segura Vidas sparkling wine On Sale @ LCB is another good deal.

              Not really a food wine but goes down smooth.

          2. Great thread. The missus and I split a bottle of the Vila Regia Douro and the Castano Hecula (couldn't find the $12er, maybe next time) over the weekend - solid recommendations!

            I think the douro may force its way into our regular rotation due to the unbeatable price point...

            peter.v, fmed - thank you!

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            1. re: jerkstore

              bought Regia the other day and wil, l pick up the Castano today and do a little side by side taste test tonight , should be good, KEEP THEM COMING FOLKS AND THIS IS A VERY TIS THE SEASON POST

              1. re: vandan

                For white wines, the value of Cono Sur from Chile is nearly unsurpassed. The viognier and gewurztraminer are both fantastic wines, especially at $11. From Australia, St. Hallett Poacher's Blend is tasty too. $13, very refreshing blend of Sauv Blanc and Semillon.

                Sam Salmon has it right about Segura Viudas. Delicious cava.

                Right at the $15 limit, I enjoy D'Arenberg The Stumpjump Red quite a bit. Nice Aussie take on the Rhone style Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre blend. Very drinkable.

                I hate when people go beyond the requested price range, but I have to include a slightly more expensive wine, as it exhibits tremendous value - Chateau Pey La Tour. It's a classic Bordeaux blend, and a steal at $18.

                1. re: peter.v

                  ya i:m a huge cono sur fan as well, especially for their 'Tocarnal:' range for even better value

            2. I think the best under $10 wine is the Paira Puglia Rosso. $9.99. Super straight forward, easy drinker, juicy, and approachable.

              The Perequita from Portugal is a steal at around $12, private stores only.

              I think Borsao has a couple of labels under $15 and they're usually solid.

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              1. re: Cancuk

                funny i was looking up the Paiara last night ,do you mean the black label one? which i have seen in-store, because i checked the bcls website and the only one that came up had a brown label

                1. re: vandan

                  I mean the black label yes. Didn't realize there was a different one. I wouldn't trust much from the BCLDB website though.

                  1. re: Cancuk

                    I picked up the Paiara black label today and also noticed that the BCLS does indeed now carry Periquita and its on sale for $10 (reg$11) they had it at Kingsgate anyway