Tag Archive | budget wine

Alice White Red Lexia Wine 2009 Review

Alice White, based in South Eastern Australia makes good, affordable wines. Always eager to check out new (to me) combos, this Red Lexia was purchased at Bay River for $10.99. 1st Night: It pours a purty shade of pinkish red. The aroma is pleasant, if a little sweet. It’s like a cross between zinfandel and […]

Citra Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2011 Review (Product of Italy)

As a rule of thumb it’s not smart to buy the big bottle (1.5 L) of a wine if you haven’t tried it before. This bottle of Citra Montepulciano D’Abruzzo was on sale for only $8.99 however. It caught my eye because it was situated next to long time favorite Rex Goliath and a dollar […]

Smelly Hippies Make Good Wine: Pepperwood Grove Pinot Noir (Chile, $6.99)

Pepperwood Grove is new to my local wine shop or perhaps unnoticed before because I didn’t crane my neck high enough. A wine from Chile, the brand prides itself on it’s many accolades which includes 17 Wine Enthusiast Best Buys and 21 Wine Spectator Best Values. This pinot noir was thinner tasting than expected but […]

Barefoot Wine Sauvignon Blanc 2010 (California)

Sometimes I resist getting the brands seen most often at the liquor stores…. Some days though when unsure what wine will hit the spot, ubiquitous brands like Barefoot work. The Barefoot Sauvignon Blanc is bright and not super fruity. It finds a good balance between tart and sweet. There were oddly apple cider-y notes, especially […]

Johan Santana’s Select Merlot 2006 (Longball Cellars, California)

This was purchased for the novelty and for the price. The bottle features the Major League Baseball player Johan Santana. It’s one of a limited edition series from “Longball Cellars,” sports player themed wines benefiting charities. Other teams represented during this 2006 run included Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago,  Cincinnati, Philadelphia and the 500 Home Run […]

Two Vines Columbia Crest 2009 Merlot (Washington State)

Day 1: At first this one reminded me of a Pinot oddly. It’s very smooth and thin with a clean finish. It features strong cherry notes with purposeful but not overpowering tannins. There is also a subtle hint of oakiness. Day 2: Still delicious. Even more cherry and tannin chewiness is detectable on day 2. […]

Robert Mondavi Woodbridge Pinot Noir 2009 Review

Day 1 The first taste you pickup from this Robert Mondavi Pinot Noir is black cherry followed by raisin. The tannins in this are more apparent than any other noir I’ve tried. In fact, without knowing the type of wine I would’ve guessed cabernet sauvignon. Initially I wasn’t a fan. The second glass, after the […]

Barefoot Riesling Review

After the recent successes with rieslings I decided to give the Barefoot one a try. Already a fan of their merlot and pinot grigio, this wine won a gold medal in the 2011 Pacific Rim International Wine Competition. Perhaps it was the high expectation but this wine was a little disappointing. It’s not the worst […]

Vivi Falaghina 2009 (Italy)

The name falaghina is totally unfamiliar to me. Of Italian wines I tend to favor reds like Nero D’Avolas. This one was prominently placed near the register at Bay River marked down from $9.99 to $6.99 which made it more enticing. Day 1 The flavor is solidly in pinot grigio range. The tart is pronounced […]

Black Swan Pinot Grigio 2009 Review

Having just tried the Black Swan Riesling and enjoying it immensely I decided to go out and get another bottle. Truthfully, in a fit of excitement to purchase said wine yours truly picked up the Pinot Grigio instead. It was actually a happy mistake. The Black Swan Pinot Grigio 2009 (Australia) is very flavorful. It’s […]