This is a series of weekly bargain wine picks by the members of the Vintage Wine Tasting Club. We meet every other month for a formal tasting session but in between we communicate with each other whenever we discover a great wine bargain. We love the sport of bargain wine hunting. Here are our bargain wine picks from the past week.
Gloria Ferrer 2006 Carneros Pinot Noir – Recommended by Bruce
Sometimes a meal just cries out of a decent-tasting Pinot Noir. I like Salmon and a roasted chicken with a delicious Pinot Noir. This one at $10.02 per bottle when you buy 2 at the BevMo 5 Cent Sale is certainly one of the better values at this store’s gimmicky sale. It tastes like a $20 Pinot.
Buehler Vineyards 2007 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon – Recommended by Joe
There are not many really good Napa Valley Cabernets to be found under $20. This is great Cab at $19 to $20 at The Wine Stop and K&L Wines. Suggested retail price is $24. Maybe that is why it was not on Sunday’s San Francisco Chronicles’ recommended list of Cabs under $20. This is a beautiful medium-bodied wine that will age gracefully but very drinkable now. Also, don’t forget our past recommendation for the 2007 Robert Mondavi Cab that I still see at Costco for less then $19. That had disappeared from the Costco shelves and is now back.
Three Aussie Shiraz Wines – Recommended by the Vintage Wine Tasting Club
If you read post on our Shiraz Taste Off you know about our selections. Here they are again just in case you missed our picks. These wines are excellent examples of the Shiraz grape and are terrific buys.
Schild 2007 Barossa – $15.49 at Costco
Layer Cake 2009 South Australia – $12.99 at K&L Wines
Pillar Box Reserve 2008 Padthaway – $10.02 for two at the BevMo Sale
Nothing to Write Home About
These are wines we tried during the past week that didn’t interest us enough to try or buy again.
Cupcake 2009 Pinot Noir. This wine comes up very short. For another dollar or so the Gloria Ferrer Pinot at the BevMo sale is head-and-shoulders above the Cupcake.
Redart Red Table Wine at K&L Wines and Vineyard Gate. This wine ends flat in the mouth. No reason to tout this wine.