Two Red Wines under $10 sure to delight
Here are two very satisfying red wines under $10 that I found at Safeway this past week. Safeway always seems to have a wine sale each and every day of the week. Sometimes it is a bit confusing, especially at checkout. The register cranks out a long tape and the checker announces how much money you have saved. We have said this time and again, you must know your wine prices to really know if you are getting a wine deal at Safeway. I think these two wines qualify as legit wine bargains.
Shannon Ridge Wrangler Red 2010 Safeway – $9.49, BevMo $10.99
Il Gioiello Block 1 Vineyard 2007 – $9.90 Safeway
This is a little winery tucked away in the Sierra Foothills in remote Fiddletown in Amador County. We visited this winery back in 2007 when the winery was just getting started. I was surprised to see this wine at the Burlingame Safeway, because the winery production is on the boutique size with the majority of the wine sold at the winery or their online store. At this price point this is a excellent bargain wine. It reminds me very much of one of our favorite bargain Zins, also from Amador County, the Sobon Rocky Top Zinfandel. The Il Gioiello wine has a very nice aroma and characteristics of spice, cherry, and a tad of earth. It is a delicious Zin, and my guess is that it will sell out quickly once the word is out. Unlike the Shannon Ridge above, you might only find this wine in the Safeway stores that have a large wine department. I give it a very strong 88 Points. By the way, if you buy 6 bottles the price drops to $9 a bottle. That is exactly where I am headed this week.
In case you are interested in visiting wineries in the Amador Valley, here is a listing of some of the better wineries in the Shenandoah Valley of Amador County.