Your Best QPR Weekday Wine

Folks

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.

Here's one:

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.

Any others?

Jhcolman
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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.
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

Chidaine Vouvray

Pichot Vouvray

Roilette Fleurie

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

Luneau-Papin Muscadet

Mauro Molino Barbera

Marchesi di Barolo Barbera
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!
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.
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?
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Originally posted by mneeley490:
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?


I've grown to love Washington State wines. I am going to try this. Thanks for the recommendation, mneeley490
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Originally posted by Stefania Wine:
With Board-O and some extent GA. IF I have a good steak on the grill and it's Thursday, I'm going to pull a good bottle of wine.


Ditto. Regarding QPRs, I don't buy for QPR but I often realize a wine has a QPR factor after drinking one. Agree that the day of the week has almost no bearing on what I open. If I'm going to bed early and rising early and I want a drink, I don't open a bottle of wine. A beer or a glass of spirits will often do just fine if I want a drink.

PH
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Originally posted by mneeley490:
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?


I'm another big fan of CC, both as cellar savers and just as very good qpr wines in general. The Vineyard 10 seems to be the most variable of their wines year to year though. I have had it when its shockingly good for 7 bucks and also when it was kind of dull and blah. The 08 I have in the cellar is a good year IMO. Syrah always gets the top billing but the supporting cast varies significantly every year. Probably 10 different grapes have been used in the 4 years its been made and its never the same. Considering that I like the current mix I hope they settle on it. If I remember right the year it has Sangiovese and about 5 other grapes was my least favorite blend (2006?).

Their newer Grand Estate Amitage is another great blend they've put out recently. More traditional varietals and the 2008 was excellent for 9 bucks. Also has syrah but merlot gets the top spot. Probably another one I'll buy every year.
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Originally posted by Icewino:
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Originally posted by mneeley490:
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?


I'm another big fan of CC, both as cellar savers and just as very good qpr wines in general. The Vineyard 10 seems to be the most variable of their wines year to year though. I have had it when its shockingly good for 7 bucks and also when it was kind of dull and blah. The 08 I have in the cellar is a good year IMO. Syrah always gets the top billing but the supporting cast varies significantly every year. Probably 10 different grapes have been used in the 4 years its been made and its never the same. Considering that I like the current mix I hope they settle on it. If I remember right the year it has Sangiovese and about 5 other grapes was my least favorite blend (2006?).

Their newer Grand Estate Amitage is another great blend they've put out recently. More traditional varietals and the 2008 was excellent for 9 bucks. Also has syrah but merlot gets the top spot. Probably another one I'll buy every year.

Icewino,
Check out my post in this thread.
The CC Armitage was one of the ones we tried blind, and, oddly, it did not fare well against the others.
As far as vintages go, the '09 and '10 Vineyard 10 are very good also.
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Originally posted by mneeley490:
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Originally posted by Icewino:
quote:
Originally posted by mneeley490:
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?


I'm another big fan of CC, both as cellar savers and just as very good qpr wines in general. The Vineyard 10 seems to be the most variable of their wines year to year though. I have had it when its shockingly good for 7 bucks and also when it was kind of dull and blah. The 08 I have in the cellar is a good year IMO. Syrah always gets the top billing but the supporting cast varies significantly every year. Probably 10 different grapes have been used in the 4 years its been made and its never the same. Considering that I like the current mix I hope they settle on it. If I remember right the year it has Sangiovese and about 5 other grapes was my least favorite blend (2006?).

Their newer Grand Estate Amitage is another great blend they've put out recently. More traditional varietals and the 2008 was excellent for 9 bucks. Also has syrah but merlot gets the top spot. Probably another one I'll buy every year.

Icewino,
Check out my post in this thread.
The CC Armitage was one of the ones we tried blind, and, oddly, it did not fare well against the others.
As far as vintages go, the '09 and '10 Vineyard 10 are very good also.


I ended up buying a case of the amitage 09 and it is not as good as the 08 but still pretty decent since I paid wholesale. The H3 les chevaux is really good. The thing about QPR is that it is all relative. What may be an everyday wine to one person at thirty dollars is a splurge to another.
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Originally posted by Shane T.:
- S. Giovanni Tolaini Valdisanti Toscana IGT

Incredible QPR at $25.


Agreed. Also love Tenuta Sette Ponti Crognolo and Campo Al Mare as a daily drinker as well. Recently had a 2006 Il Falcone Riserva for $24 that seemed like a good wine for the price.
My definition of an every day wine is one that I will serve guests who have no appreciation for good wine. I don't want to waste a good bottle, but I also don't want to suffer through some nasty tasting plonk. My go to reds are both Spanish:

Beso de Vino $10 @ LCBO
La Casona $9 @ LCBO
To those who say they have no place for cheap wines, or that they don't understand "weekday wines", perhaps you'd like the question better if it were phrased more along the lines of: "what are some of the less expensive wines that you enjoy", or "what wines drink way above their price point".

Though, for myself, I am probably more likely to break out nice bottles on weekends for the sole reason that I will have more time to enjoy it and hopefully less on my mind.

Ironically, there is another value category I find utility for as well, but that has nothing to do with the wines I listed. That is wines that are inexpensive and that will suit a variety of non-wino tastes, wines that can be served at parties in large quantities. This is a category where I believe, for example, that easily sourced Spanish garnachas such as Borsao or Fuego work very well. But I don't drink those in my normal rotation.

All of the wines I listed are, IMO, excellent wines, regardless of their prices, and I thoroughly enjoy them all.

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