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yesilovewine
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posted 01-26-2012 10:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Greetings iwine' and welcome to the board. Hope we will see more of you!
kod, I can't believe that I forgot to suggest Trecini's Sauv. Blanc to you. It sold for 14.99 last year, and it is great- much better than the price would suggest. Hope you take a chance on it. Their Merlot is also really good.

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iwinedaily
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posted 01-26-2012 01:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for iwinedaily     Edit/Delete Message
Ok, I'll admit I'm cheating a little when I suggest this wine bc it's $22, but, hey I'm new to these message boards so what better time to break the rules? I am currently LOVING the Silverado Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc (yes, I see that most of y'all look like red wine enthusiasts...) but this wine, for the price, is a winner. It's got the grassiness of an sb, but not as tart as those new zealand sb's can be, yet it somehow manages to have a little effervescence even though it's silky on mouth. I'm really raving bc I chose it in a blind tasting at a friend's house recently and had no idea how much a really loved it until my blind palate reminded me. So, not $15/bottle but not that much more and VERY worth it. In my humble opinion! Cheers-

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yesilovewine
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posted 01-04-2012 05:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Kod,
we had this wine- 2010 Petirrojo Sauvignon Blanc, D.O. Colchagua Valley, from Bisquertt Family Vineyards over the holiday and it was very good. It was on sale at Harris Teeter ( do you have those?) for $7.99
This is a Chilean winery.
We are not fans of the "grassy" Sauv. Blancs, so this suited us very well as it is more lemon and grapefruit on the nose. Its very crisp and clean on the palate but has a surprisingly long finish for such a crisp wine. I got a hint of peaches along with the grapefruit and lemony notes on the palate. We had it with shrimp, but I can see this accompanying salads or chicken as well.
Another winery that often has bargain wines that produce better-than-pricepoint wine is Jacob's Creek from Australia.

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Petite Syrah
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posted 12-29-2011 01:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Petite Syrah     Edit/Delete Message
There is a red wine from Napa Valley that is really very tasty!! The price point is $15.00 a bottle from Adastra Winery. Pam Starr is their winemaker so you really can't go wrong. The wine is called 'Ed's Red'. Everyone I have sent over that way leaves with a case or two!

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Kod
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posted 12-28-2011 08:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kod     Edit/Delete Message
Thanks again.

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yesilovewine
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posted 12-27-2011 05:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Do you have Total Wine Stores near you? They are a treasure trove of very low cost wines that can be incredible. When we first learned of them years back they just started carrying Sequoia Grove wines...they cost $3.99 at the time!
Most grocery stores have a store brand, so whatever you have locally will likely have something to offer.
In re-reading your original post, I see that I missed your emphasis on Chardonnay; sorry. We aren't huge Chard fans, but if Sauv. Blanc will do then I would suggest Dry Creek Vineyard's Fume Blanc and Imagery's Wow Oui are worth trying. They run around $13-$15 here- can't say what you'll run into up there, though.
You might like the Chateau St. Michelle Chard- it runs around $14 here. Also, Little Black Dress makes a pretty good Chard- we had it a couple years back at a wine event- and I think that may be in your range. But, we are not into the buttery chards, we like the stainless -fermented ones so I don't know if that's your taste.

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Kod
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posted 12-27-2011 04:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kod     Edit/Delete Message
Thank you very much. Here in NJ we do not have Kroger or Cost Plus but I'll check out your other suggestions. I

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yesilovewine
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posted 12-26-2011 09:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Here's what we've experienced in the LOW $$ ranges:
Barefoot wines- usually retail around $11 and we've found them to be surprisingly drinkable. We've had all but the Petite Sirah. Their Sauv. Blanc was our house white for quite a while.
Bogle wines- another inexpensive brand that we have had good luck with. We particularly enjoy their "Old Vine Zin" and have bought it for years. The matriarch died last year ( or maybe the year before) so things may change there, but we have consumed quite a bit of Bogle and never regretted any of it.
There are some incredibly good deals from store brands- Little Penguin and the Albertson's brand with circus themed titles are surprisingly good and sell for around $8.
The Oak Grove brand that is currently highlighted at Total Wine was not really to our liking, but it was a staff favorite at our store. Those are really cheap- around $5.
One of the wine guys at Kroger (QFC) and I talked a long time about the store brands and how they are so inexpensive but often produced by major wineries. He told me that most of the major grocery chains have wines made for them at large production wineries and they usually get clearanced for a song because no one buys these unfamiliar brands. When you're next at the grocery, ask the wine person about their store brands and then read the labels. You are likely to be surprised by the producers!
Another source for good and cheap wine is Cost Plus/ World Market. They have had stellar deals on some things like Temperanillo and Barbera in the last year or two. Last spring they ran a special on "Little Koala" brand ( or something like that) for $3.99 and it was this AWESOME blend with Shiraz/ Mouvedre and something else. Of course when I got back the next week they were sold out....
Any of these brands offer several wine choices in both reds and whites. Most are blends in the literal sense but qualify for single varietal names due to the way they portion the blend.
We are really into bargain shopping for wine; I think its the "thrill of the hunt" in looking for that underpriced gem...like the 2006 "Red" by St. Francis which I paid between $6.99 and $9.99 for among different locations. We drink that with everything and goes just fine- a really balanced blend of 2006 "leftovers" with a Merlot predominating....you would never guess it to be a $10 wine.
If you are still awake, hope this gives you some ideas. I'll see if I can find those store brand names if you like.

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Kod
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posted 12-25-2011 10:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kod     Edit/Delete Message
No it does not.

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yesilovewine
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posted 12-24-2011 07:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Does it have to be from Napa? If not, I can help...

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Kod
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posted 12-23-2011 09:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kod     Edit/Delete Message
I am always looking to find wines under $15 that taste better than their price point. I find it much more difficult for chardonnays than red wines.Cheaper wines are good for holiday gifts as well as the fact that I am not going to bring an expensive wine to share with friends who always bring something cheap. So any suggestions out there?

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