In my (Mel) twenties I developed a taste for wine. My former job had me constantly putting together menus, choosing food and needing to pair wine with it. I was blessed to "have" to take a 12-week wine course so I could keep up with my job responsibilities!
Since then I've enjoyed trying to find low cost wines. I like drinking them occasionally, and I like to give wine as a gift. I can appreciate the incredible amount of work and expertise that go into making great wine, therefore justifying the cost of a bottle. But I've never had a high budget for wine. Up to that challenge, I'd like to start sharing some of my favorites here at RU. My sister-in-law has been bugging me about this wine, so I hope she can find it in the store!
First things first. I shop for wine at Trader Joe's. Yes, this means that's another store in my 6-stop tour each month. Yes, it's out of the way. But I just haven't found wines at prices competitive with TJ's. If you have one near you, try it sometime!
Second, I have a maximum budget of $5 per bottle. I know, that sounds so low! But there are truly some good options at that price point.
The wine pictured above is a 2009 Montepulciano D'Abruzzo from Villa Cerrina. It's an Italian red wine that is medium-bodied and fruity with a slight hint of spice flavor. It has been my running favorite for well over a year. I've only seen it at Trader Joe's, and at my local store it's a Manager's Pick. I spoke with the manager about it once and he raved about it - so I'm not the only one who loves it! I'm not a wine writer, so there's a more detailed review here.
If you're a cabernet sauvignon fan, this one is lighter on the alcohol taste. Many cabernets have wood flavors, and this one doesn't. Give it a try!
Price: $4.99 in the metro D.C. area, $3.99 in CA
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