With the economy these days, everyone seems to be making cut backs in their daily living. Maybe not eating out as often, shopping at discount stores, curbing the entertainment budget or whatever ways one can think of to decrease their own spending. So, what’s diehard wine lover to do?
I have to admit, we haven’t curbed our practices to much, and we certainly aren’t going to give up our wine habit. However, we have searched out a couple great value wines that are perfect for everyday drinking.
First off, the Trader Joe’s Coastal Zinfandel.
A total steal at $3.99 per bottle, it is nice and jammy with a bit of pepper for character. It is lighter than some of the “heavy” zins, but that is a welcome change for the hotter temperatures anyhow. I only picked up one bottle as a trial, but after this I will be getting it by the case! Perfect sipper for a bar-b-que!
Next up, the Gato Negro 2008 Chardonnay.
Now, I’ve mentioned before how my dislike of many chardonnays, but this one is a winner. It hails from central Chile and is produced by San Pedro vineyard. Pale gold, and unoaked, it is a refreshing summer wine. It has overtones of peach and pineapple, and even a hint of green apple. It has just enough acidity and crispness to really hit the spot with a salad or a grilled seafood/salsa type meal.
As a bonus, it is a screw top, which is perfect for picnics and not having to remember the cork screw.
(love the little black kitty)
At $4.99 per bottle, we did in fact, buy a case of this.
What are your favorite value wines? Have you changed your wine drinking at all due to economic reasons?