We love to “treasure hunt” for good cheap vino. We continue to find an amazing amount of wines in the inexpensive category that taste as good or better than many wines well above the $20 mark. It takes a little persistence and intuition to find these wines, but if you don’t have that time, you can rely on the Vintage Wine Club members to recommend terrific bargain wines. This week we have two wines to recommend.
Tribunal 2009 Red Wine Magnum $16.99 at Trader Joe’s (Vintage Pick)
Yes, we recommended this wine before as the pick of the week back in May. We purchased a bottle of the magnum last week and popped it open over Thanksgiving weekend. We had forgotten how good this wine is and what a fantastic bargain it is. This size bottle is fun for holiday parties or just whenever you feel like showing off a bit to your dinner guests. This is a robust wine full of fruit flavors. It has plenty of layers in the mouth that come off as a much more expensive wine. The price for the 750ml bottle back in May was $9.99. The magnum price is $16.99 making the wine and even better value. My Trader Joe’s as of last week had plenty available. 88 Points
Louis Jadot Beaujolais-Villages 2009 – $9.99 at various stores (Joe’s Pick)
I was surprised to find this wine to be quite delightful. I have tried previous vintages and was never that impressed. I think this wine has a lot going for it with a medium body and nice crisp fruit. It has lots of cherry flavors and good acid. It will go well with many foods in the light-to-medium category. You should be able to find this wine in many locations or online. 100% Gamay. 86 Points
If you did not catch our review of Cameron Hughes wines, be sure to read it to see the wines we like and those we think you should pass up.