I've been focussing my buying on wines to age and now find myself with very few pop and pour wines around. I'll get some Cotes du Rhone for that, but am looking for some other suggestions.

Drink now, $12-$15, either red or white. What have you had recently that fits this description?
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I find myself in a similar spot...I have focused on expanding my collection to store for a while that I have few wines I could pop open on a Tuesday night...I have found a lot of great Malbecs that serve the purpose of a daily drinker, but have yet to find a nice big Cab or Pinot that would serve this purpose
Some whites that I've recently picked up. All were under $20.00, most under $15.00.

2008 Munchof Rielsing QBA (Riesling is my go to QPR white for summer daily drinking)

2008 Neil Ellis Sauvignon Blanc Western Cape Sincerely (I wanted to try something different.)

I had also asked my LWS for recommendations and he recommended the following:

2008 Chehalem Pinot Gris

2008 Domain Coussergues Chardonnay/Viognier
2008 Ransom Pinot Noir Selection. It's slightly more than you were looking for at $18-$22, but it's a really nice Pinot for the money.

2009 Château de Lancyre Coteaux du Languedoc Pic St. Loup Rosé- will stand up to a wide range of food and even last a short while in the cellar.
Just a few that quickly come to mind (I didn't check w-s for pricing but these should come fairly close to your price point):

2007 Domaine de la Janasse Côtes du Rhône Villages Terre d'Argile
2007 Montes Syrah Alpha
2007 Pic & Chapoutier St. Péray Blanc
2009 Mas Igneus Priorat Barranc dels Closos (red or white)
Aphilla, not sure where to start, or what style you might be looking for.

There are so many wonderful Rose and white wines that are between $8-$15 to pick from.

I would seek out 2009 Rose, many Torrontes, wines from Languedoc, the exciting Granache Blanc, Gewurztraminer, Viognier and Pinot Gris from California and many options from in Alsace and Loire.

Let us know what you pick up.
Aphilla: For a "daily drinker" red, try the
Horse Heaven Hills Merlot 2008. Washington State.
Should be about $14 or so, maybe a little less.
WS gave it 91 points (justified in my view). It is soft and silky and purrs with wonderful dark berry and spice. It's a pretty complex wine for the money, and at that price point, it is tough to beat.
Columbia Crest makes it.
Some spanish garnacha and monastrell are good qpr's. Tres Picos, Garnacha de fuego, Juan Gil, Las Rocas among others.

I just had a bottle of 2008 Block Nine Pinot Noir Caiden's Vineyards that was excellent at around 15 bucks.

There are many good wines for less than 20.
Also look for close outs.
Ditto all the Columbia Crest suggestions above. For Cab and Merlot especially, nobody makes better QPR, IMO. Their Horse Heaven Hills '07 merlot is great too.

Here are some in the under-$20 set we've really enjoyed lately and have seen on shelves in the past couple of months:
Gloria Ferrer Blanc de Noirs NV Sparkling Sonoma.
2008 Nobilo Icon, Pinot Noir, Marlborough.
2007 Beringer Alluvium Blanc, my favorite QPR white year in and year out. I'm convinced it would crush many white Bdx in a blind tasting.
2007 Domaine Grand Veneur Cotes du Rhone Villages Les Champauvins, if you've managed to miss it.
2006 Tomàs Cusiné, Vilosell, Costers del Segre
2004 Weingut Johannishof Rudesheimer Berg Rottland, Rheingau Riesling Spatlese
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Originally posted by indybob:

2007 Beringer Alluvium Blanc, my favorite QPR white year in and year out. I'm convinced it would crush many white Bdx in a blind tasting.


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White Bordeaux does not include Chardonnay and Viognier in their blend.

Are we talking about drinking at release, or in 5-10-20 years after release when the wine has more to offer than a primary profile?

If I think about it, I will throw a bottle in a blind white Bordeaux tasting sometime soon.
Two nice "everyday" whites that I have recently had:

King Estate Acrobat Pinot Gris - Oregon
Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc-Viognier - A perennial favorite

A nice red from this past week:

Tarima Monastrell - Jumilla & 100% tank-fermented Monastrell. A new addition to Jorge Ordonez' portfolio
Argentina and Chile can give you nice cabs and Chile nice Syrahs...

Here's some I like:

Cabernet-Sauvignon Catena Mendoza
Cabernet-Sauvignon Cousino- Macul Antiguas, Maipo
Cabernet-Sauvignon Chono Reserva Maipo valley

And if you can find products from Kingston Family Vineyards (I tasted one of their Syrah and it was excellent), grab them !

dzitt
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Originally posted by wine+art:
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Originally posted by steve8:
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Originally posted by indybob:

2007 Beringer Alluvium Blanc, my favorite QPR white year in and year out. I'm convinced it would crush many white Bdx in a blind tasting.


Paging Wine + Art. Razz


White Bordeaux does not include Chardonnay and Viognier in their blend.

Are we talking about drinking at release, or in 5-10-20 years after release when the wine has more to offer than a primary profile?

If I think about it, I will throw a bottle in a blind white Bordeaux tasting sometime soon.


Primary profile. Alluvium blanc tends to show best about 2-4 years past vintage, IMO. The three older bottles I've had (older than eight years) were all dead. Please do drop a bottle into a blind tasting of younger, more primary white Bdx. Crush might have been too strong a verb, but I'd be shocked it it showed last in a group of sound bottles of younger Bdx. Smile
White - Muscadet. Great to drink young + ability to age, awesome prices.

Red - beaujolais. You'll spend more for better wines, crus, but for that price range Pierre et Marie Chermette (Dom. Vissoux) makes great entry level "villages" offerings.

Loire Reds sometimes available in that range as well from Anjou, some Chinon

Lots of decent Spanish reds can be had around there, though I think of these most often in the <10 category, some experimentation in this higher range is usually worthwhile.

Oh, and Portugese reds too, though I rarely see them.

Lastly, my favorite category of wines from Australia has always been reds and rieslings all in about this price range. I'm thinking of Peter Lehman right off the top of my head.

Some good Barberas to be had at that price as well, such as the ubiquitous Fontanafredda Briccontando. Staying in Piedmonte should be loads of basic Dolcetto and even some Nebbiolos in that range.

Look elsewhere in Italy for great food wines at that price. I really liked a Ciro from Calabria recently with dinner was fruity, round, easy, and cheap.

Argentine Malbec another good one.
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Originally posted by wine+art:
I'm in the mood for some white Bordeaux, so I may well plan this tasting event.


It is a great time of year for great whites. My monthly blind group is tasting chenin blanc in a couple of weeks. Looking forward to pre-tasting some Loire wines soon.
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Originally posted by indybob:
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Originally posted by wine+art:
I'm in the mood for some white Bordeaux, so I may well plan this tasting event.


It is a great time of year for great whites. My monthly blind group is tasting chenin blanc in a couple of weeks. Looking forward to pre-tasting some Loire wines soon.


I only have two words to say... Cool

Joly
Huet
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Originally posted by wine+art:
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Originally posted by indybob:
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Originally posted by wine+art:
I'm in the mood for some white Bordeaux, so I may well plan this tasting event.


It is a great time of year for great whites. My monthly blind group is tasting chenin blanc in a couple of weeks. Looking forward to pre-tasting some Loire wines soon.


I only have two words to say... Cool

Joly
Huet


I would add a few as good as those 2 (which are by the way totally oppposite style!)

Domaine de la Butte
Eric Morgat
Domaine Ogereau
Richard Leroy
Domaine des roches neuves (T Germain) Insolite
Guiberteau Les Clos
Clos Rougeard
Domaine des Baumard
Stephane Cossais

The Loire rocks !
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Domaine Ogereau

Several on your list, I don't know. And the SAQ doesn't have. However, they do show the 2007 Clos du Grand Beaupreau Domaine Ogereau Savennieres in stock.

As I often really enjoy many of the wines you suggest and I've not discovered, I shall pick one up very soon to try. Smile
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Originally posted by french16:
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Originally posted by wine+art:

I only have two words to say... Cool

Joly
Huet


I would add a few as good as those 2 (which are by the way totally oppposite style!)

Domaine de la Butte
Eric Morgat
Domaine Ogereau
Richard Leroy
Domaine des roches neuves (T Germain) Insolite
Guiberteau Les Clos
Clos Rougeard
Domaine des Baumard
Stephane Cossais

The Loire rocks !


I totally agree about the wines from the Loire. Excellent region. I am currently collecting a lot more whites from the Savennieres region to age as they are exceptional with a bit of age on them.
I was interrupted by a trip out of town and then some kind of infection that required a course of antibiotics.

Nevertheless, I have tried 3: Erath Pinot Noir 2008, Ransom Pinot Noir 2008, and Ransom Pinot Gris 2009. All of them are on my get more list. I particularly liked the two Ransom wines, both are very, very good. I need to drink more pinot gris I think.
aphilla, Binnys always seems to carry some nice under $20 Loire reds and I recently picked up a José Maria da Fonseca & Van Zeller Douro Domini red wine from Portugal for about $15, which was really unique.

Down here in St. Charles they just increased the liquor tax by 2%, so we are now paying 10% on all liquor purchases....just as a side complaint since the Binnys is located about one block into St. Charles.
khmark7, that sucks! I guess I'll visit St. Charles Binny's just for tastings, and buy at Glen Ellyn, Naperville and Downer's Grove.

Side note, stopped at the Downer's Grove location today, formerly Sam's. It's completely reconfigured. Low racks/shelves like the other locations, and no more wine stored 25+ feet in the air just under hot lights. The wine collection looks huge compared to some of their other stores.

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