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Remarkable wines that pair nicely with your wallet

Remarkable wines that pair nicely with your wallet


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Remarkable wines that pair nicely with your wallet




Burgans Albariño 2019

The Burgans Albariño 2019 is sourced from vineyards in the Rias-Baixas DO in northwest Spain's upper corner. This White wine is made by Bodegas Martín Códax, a wine collective formed in 1986. Collectives or communes are common in Spain. Bodegas Martín Códax has 600 members, all small farmers with relatively small vineyards. One of the odd things about vineyards in the poorest soils and rocky, hilly land is often the prized location for grapevines. The farmers typically have other crops and...


Peachy Canyon Lodi Zinfandel 2017

The Peachy Canyon Lodi Zinfandel 2017 can be found at Trader Joe's for $7.99. This is a mystery wine since it does not show up on Peachy Canyon's website or have much of a web presence. Peachy Canyon Winery, founded in 1988, is located in the Paso Robles AVA inside California's Central Coast AVA. It is owned and operated by the Beckett family and features wines made from Paso Robles grapes, and often using single vineyards. All this makes the Peachy Canyon Lodi Zinfandel 2017 something of an...


Beurré Chardonnay 2019

The Beurré Chardonnay 2019 is a $6.99 Trader Joe's import wine a Pays D'Oc designated wine from the Languedoc in southeastern France. The Languedoc is the largest wine-producing area in France, and this is where French every day, drink-it-now wines are produced. Beurré is French for butter, and most of the writing on the front label is singing the praises of buttered bread. That is something that would be goofy if written in English but looks just fine in French. So, it would seem that the...


Aviary Birds of Prey Red Blend 2018

The Aviary Birds of Prey Red Blend 2018 is a blend of 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Malbec sourced from vineyards in Napa and Sonoma Counties. The Aviary line of wines is one of the Folktale Wine Group brands of wine; here is a link to their website for more information. I am familiar with their Alias brand, and as I recall, those wines were a good "bang-for-the-Buck." The blend of grapes used for the Aviary Birds of Prey Red Blend 2018 is the classic...


Allan Scott Sauvignon Blanc 2020

The Allan Scott Sauvignon Blanc 2020 is sourced from estate vineyards planted in the flat land of the Wairau River Valley in the Marlborough district in the Northeast of the South Island in New Zealand. Allan Scott founded his winery in 1990 but has been part of the New Zealand wine industry since the early 1970s. The company name is actually Allen Scott Family Winemakers, so the family knows their way around New Zealand vineyards and how to produce Sauvignon Blanc. The vineyards are...


Castor and Pollux Pinot Noir 2019

The Castor and Pollux Pinot Noir 2019 is a $6.99 Aldi import wine from the Languedoc growing region of Southeastern France. The Languedoc is the largest wine region in France and this is the area that supplies a great deal of the every-day wines that the French drink every-day. I know that many Americans think that a $6.99 wine is too inexpensive to be any good. But in countries with a wine tradition where they have wine with lunch and dinner on a daily basis, this is exactly the type and...


Aiolas Red Blend 2019

The Aiolas Red Blend 2019 is a $5.99 Trader Joe's import wine, a DOC designated wine from the Dão region of Portugal. TJ's does not offer any information concerning this Red blend. This is somewhat unfortunate since the wines of Portugal tend to be unique. they often use indigenous grapes such as Touriga Franca or Tinta Barroca. While new grapes are exciting for someone on a wine journey, it can be intimidating for newer wine drinkers. The Aiolas Red Blend 2019, while probably made for ALDI...


Légende Pauillac Bordeaux 2016

The Légende Pauillac Bordeaux 2016 is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot sourced from Rothschild (Lafite) vineyards in the Pauillac AOC inside the Haut-Medoc AOC on the Left Bank or westside of the river in the Bordeaux region of France. The Légende line of Rothschild (Lafite) is their drink-it-now export brand. It features wines from the premier Bordeaux growing areas but sourced from contract vineyards, not Estate vineyards. It gives you real, quality Bordeaux wine, but at a...


Bartolomiol Ius Naturae DOCG Prosecco 2018

The Bartolomiol Ius Naturae DOCG Prosecco 2018, Ius Naturae translaties to Natural Law, is farmed in certified organic Estate vineyards in the DOCG Valdobbiadene district of the Prosecco region of Veneto in northern Italy. This is a vintage Prosecco, from the 2018 vintage, which is a bit different from the usual seemingly available everywhere non-vintage Prosecco. While a non-vintage Sparkling wine is blended from several vintages, that allows the winemaker to maintain a "House Style" that...


La Granja 360 Cava Brut NV 2020

The La Granja 360 Cava Brut NV 2020 is a $6.99 Trader Joe's import Bubbly using two of the three traditional Cava grapes, Xarel-lo and Parellada farmed in the Cava DO of northwest Spain, near Barcelona. La Granja 360 translates to the Farm 360 and is a brand owned by Axial Vino, a Ditch company producing Spanish wine. La Granja 360 wines use grapes from a group of small local farmers or commune. The individual farms are too small to produce their own wines by themselves, but when they band...


Raventos I Blanc Textures de Pedra 2014

The Raventos I Blanc Textures de Pedra 2014 is a vintage, bio-dynamic, Estate grown Sparkling wine from the Penedes district of the Catalonia region of Spain (think Barcelona). While this is a Sparkling wine produced with the traditional method (like Champagne) it is not Cava. Raventos I Blanc is part of a wine family that has been producing wine at this estate since 1497. Another member of the Raventos family produced the first Cava in 1872. The current Raventos I Blanc Estate was started...


Domaine Ste Michelle NV Brut 2020

The Domaine Ste Michelle NV Brut 2020 is a non-vintage Champagne-style Sparkling wine from Chateau Ste Michelle in the Columbia Valley of Washington. This is a value-priced Bubbly, it lists for $13 and I found it for $8.99 on-sale. Even though it is a reasonably priced Sparkling wine it is produced in the same production style as Champagne (Cava too) which is a rather involved winemaking technique. Sparkling wine in the ten dollar price range is often made in the Prosecco-style (Charmat...


Bread and Butter Pinot Noir 2019

The Bread and Butter Pinot Noir 2019 is sourced from vineyards in California. Their motto is" Good. Honest. Simple. Do not overthink it." In keeping it simple they do not go into a great deal of detail about the production of this Pinot Noir. Bread and Butter are one of the WX Brand's families of wines. They are one of the top 20 largest wine companies in the U.S. They have a full line of wines and the Bread and Butter Pinot Noir 2019 was the largest selling (in its price class) Pinot Noir...


Veuve Monsigny Champagne Rosé

The Veuve Monsigny Champagne Rosé is a $19.99 Aldi exclusive, 65% Pinot Noir, 25% Pinot Meunier, and 10% Chardonnay sourced from vineyards across the Champagne region in France. I imagine when a lot of folks see a store brand twenty buck Champagne they figure that there is no way it can be very good. Most Champagne starts at $35 and goes up and up. And while I have not tasted the Veuve Monsigny Champagne Rosé yet, we will get to that in a few paragraphs, the Veuve Monsigny Champagne Brut was...


Wolf Point Distilling With Eric McMillan

In this episode, we switch things up & talk spirits! Local spirits! Specifically we chat with Eric McMillan, Brand Ambassador for Wolf Point Distilling in Chicago. We talk about what Wolf Point is & taste through their Jackscrew Vodka, Florence Field Gin, Captain Santa Vapor Infused Moonshine & an extra tasty treat or two as well. So what is "Wolf Point"? What is a "Craft" moonshine? Listen in to find out now ...


Trader Joe’s Platinum Reserve Sonoma Brut NV (2020)

The Trader Joe's Platinum Reserve Sonoma Brut NV (2020) is a Trader Joe's $14.99 non-vintage blend of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Meunier sourced from vineyards in Sonoma County AVA in Northern California. The back label says this Bubbly was "produced and bottled by" Rack and Riddle, Healdsburg, California. They are an independent wine company that specializes in Traditional Method (same as Champagne) Sparkling wine. There are some California Sparkling wine producers that do have their...


Mantenere Russian River Chardonnay 2019

The Mantenere Russian River Chardonnay 2019 is a $6.99 Trader Joe's wine sourced from vineyards inside the Russian River Valley AVA which is in turn inside the Sonoma County AVA of Northern California. The trademark for Mantenere is own by Francis Coppola Wines and Mantenere Cellars is located in Geyserville, California. Which also happens to be the home of Coppola Winery. I do not know if the Mantenere Russian River Chardonnay 2019 is simply a private store brand or if at some time this...


Farmhouse California Red 2019

The Farmhouse California Red 2019 is a blend of Zinfandel, Mourvèdre, Carignane, Syrah, Petite Sirah, and Grenache sourced from vineyards in California. Farmhouse California is one of Cline Family Cellars' line of wine. Cline is a family-owned winery founded in 1981 that specializes in sustainably farmed vineyards and wine. One of the things I admire about Cline Family Cellars is that they produce single-vineyard wines that sell for fifty, sixty, or seventy dollars but they also make...


Gerard Bertrand Crémant de Limoux Thomas Jefferson Rosé 2017

The Gerard Bertrand Crémant de Limoux Thomas Jefferson Rosé 2017 is a blend of 65% Chardonnay, 20% Chenin Blanc, and 15% Pinot Noir sourced from the Cremant de Limoux AOC section of the Languedoc in southeast France. Limoux is the birthplace of Bubbly/Sparkling wine the monks from the local Abby started making wine with bubbles in the early 1500s. They were making Bubbly a hundred years before Champagne. I read a story that may or may not be true, Dom Perignon, a monk from farther north in...


Dueling Pistols Dry Creek Red 2016

The Dueling Pistols Dry Creek Red 2016 is not your usual CheapWineFinder wine. It is not cheap, this is a splurge, special occasion wine for most folks who follow CWF. It is a Red Blend, 50% Zinfandel, and 50% Syrah and the list price is $49.99. A quick check of the web showed online prices between $30 and $60 which is a wide range, so look for sales. The Dueling Pistols Dry Creek Red 2016 is a drink-it-now wine like almost all of the wines we feature, but it is made in a very different...