Inexpensive Pinot Noir, Merlot, or off-dry red wine recs?
I am just a poor boy, though my story's seldom told . .
Trader Joe's recommendations especially appreciated
First, what style do you like?
What attributes do you like?
What food are you likely to be serving these wines with?
What is the price-point?
Good luck, and please let us know more.
*I am just a poor boy, though my story's seldom told . .*
then.... don't squander your resistance
For a pocketful of mumbles,
Such are promises......... :)
There are several T.J. wine threads here. I really like the Chariot Gypsy Red, it is very "soft" and that seems to be what you are looking for? It is a popular TJ wine, so you might have to ask for it and wait for it to come in.
For a long time Mark West pinot noir sucked but the 2007 vintage was pretty nice. I haven't tried one since but that's a good place to start.
Also, look for Pinot noir from Chile.
Columbia Crest has a reputation for making affordable red wines that taste good.
I like the 2007 Sola ($6.99), but Goodnight's 2007 ($5.99) is better. TJ doesn't have it, but some Grocery Outlets do.
re: Bill Hunt
I guess it depends upon what you consider "drinkable." This wine, I and other reviewers have noted, really benefits from an hour or two in the open air. You may not recall that the number one wine in in the Wine Spectator top 100 a couple of years ago was an $18 pinot noir from Cambria.