What's been your best weekday wine, from a quality to price ratio perspective?
Let's define weekday wine (for most of us) as a wine that ranges in price from $10 to $50.
2007 Marchesi De Frescobaldi Tenuta di Castiglioni Toscana IGT, which I rated a 92, which at $23 in Canada is a good QPR. A good to day quaffing wine.
I have enjoyed great health at a great age because everyday since I can remember I have consumed a bottle of wine except when I have not felt well. Then I have consumed two bottles. - Bishop of Seville
Red - 2009 Villa Mt. Eden Sonoma County Pinot Noir. I can get it here for just under $20 before discounts, though only one or two stores carry it. About as tasty as it can get - very complex and rich for a sub-$20 PN.
White - 2010 Charles Krug Carneros Chardonnay. Rich, round, more fleshy than most current chards which are trending more to the acidic, minerally inox style. $15 here before discounts and very readily available.
"Question with boldness even the existence of a god; because if there be one he must approve of the homage of reason more than that of blindfolded fear. "
-Thomas Jefferson, letter to Peter Carr, August 10, 1787
Under 20 (b/c to me $50 is totally not even close to a weekday wine, but obviously ymmv)
Domaine Guion Bourgieul Domaine or Prestige
Pepiere Muscadet, sur lie or Briords
Baudry, domaine or Granges
C&P Breton Vouvray
Potel Aviron, all
To Sleepy's add:
Pierre Chermette Vissoux Beaujolais
JP Brun Beaujolais, anything
Famille Laurent Saint Pourçain
Cave des Vignerons de Saumur
Bodegas Olarra Cerro Anon Crianza - Rioja
CVNE Crianza - Rioja
Qupe Central Coast Syrah
Abad Dom Mencia
Leitz Dragonstone Riesling
Mauro Molino Barbera
Marchesi di Barolo Barbera
"The best part is how he said the ENGLISH language. Fine irony. Use American next time."
Almost any CdR
The Vouvrays of Chateau Moncontour and Vincent Careme
Almost any wine from Jumilla
Just one more sip.
For under $20, a lot of good South American cabs, malbecs, and blends. For example, Susan Balbo Signature Cab 2010 - paid $14 recently.
Petrus, Le Pin, Lafite...the usuals.
my best 'house red' for the past year has been the Cocci Grifoni Le Torri and the plan pegau seleccion laurence feraud.
still searching for a good white to complement them.
while I sell this wine now,
I find the Gomariz Loureiro to be my goto white in my household now.
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Victory loves preparation.
For weekday consumption I tend to go to Italy for reds, my preference being wines based on montepulciano, negroamaro, or sangiovese. For whites; alsace, germany, or chile.
I don't really buy into the daily drinker or weekday wine concept, but I found an extremely fine $25 bottle of wine and just went back for a case. It's the 2009 Domaine La Garrigue, Vacqueyras, Cuvee de l'Hostellerie. This is outstanding wine from a top estate in Vacqueyras that is worth a visit if you're in the area. The people at the winery are hospitable and locals were arriving frequently to buy by the case. This is a 93 or 94 point wine with a future!
Just one more sip.
I've been enjoying the 2011 Borsao Garnacha lately. $7 locally. I give it a long decant, 6-10 hours.
"Wine only turns into alcohol if you let it sit."---Lindsay Bluth
I pick up the Columbia Crest Horse Heaven Hills once in a while. I like it quite a bit.
Speaking of Borsao, the Tres Picos is a good $13 Qpr as well.
You're itb now? Congrats.
For reds, a number of different CdRs, and a couple of Vietti Barberas.
For whites I've really been enjoying a 2009 Gustave Lorentz Pinot Gris Reserve and whatever vintage is current for Argiolas Vermentino. I wish there were more Vermentinos available around here to try. I like them a great deal.
"Wine, one sip of this will bathe the drooping spirits in delight beyond the bliss of dreams. Be wise and taste."
Vina Eguia and Conde de Valdemar Rioja Reservas for $12 - $15.
Nugan Reserve Chardonnay for about $18.
more like pissing my money away ;-)
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Delas st. Esprit cdr @ $10
Chateau Cambis cdr (vignerons du charactere) @ $8
All by the cases.
2007 Domaine de Mourchon Cotes du Rhone Villages. $32 in Vancouver.
I also really like the 2007 Domaine Brusset Gigondas Tradition Le Grand Montmirail. $34 in Vancouver. I only have 5 left and can't buy this vintage now.
Does everyone really have that much of the same wine to drink during the week? We hardly ever worry about how much a wine costs depending on the day, it depends on what we feel like at the moment.
We do have "daily drinkers", but we drink them because that's what we have most of. Our dailies include Santa Barbara wines, Napa wines, and a few Washington wines. They include Beckman, Zaca Mesa, Blackjack Ranch and Ojai, and Vincent Arroyo, Envy, Stefania, Steltzner, Rutherford Ranch, Rubissow (they had a sale), older Double Diamond (WineBid), Quivet, Qupe, O'Brien, Madonna, Gustavo Thrace, Gulliams, EOS, Chad, and Benevolo. We have few wines that we have a full case of.
If we feel like opening one of our few big guns, it doesn't matter if it's a Tuesday night. Our big guns don't include first growth Bordeaux, Burgundy, or Screaming Eagle.
Not that I drink wine every day, but I think I've got you all beat for a QPR.
There has been many posts here about the QPR of Columbia-Crest wines, from the Grand Estates cab and merlots, the H3's, and the Walter Clores. But this is by far the best bang for the buck, imo.
Now click this, and check out the price--
Columbia-Crest Two Vines Vineyard 10 Red
Before you poo-poo it, let me tell you that WA wines are probably predominant in my cellar right now. Most are in the $35-$65 range, some higher. And I still buy and drink a lot of the Vineyard 10. It is better than many $25+ blends I've had from anywhere. And that price just stumps me! That must barely pay for the bottle and label; I don't know how they do it?
May you never go to hell, but always be on your way.
Life is too short to drink cheap wine..........
"One may dislike carrots, spinach, beetroot, or the skin on hot milk. But not wine. It is like hating the air that one breathes, since each is equally indispensable."
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