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Old 07-01-2013, 07:12 PM   #1
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The Inexpensive Wines Thread

Let's get a list of decent wines going. I recently branched out and tried something new and it was disgusting. So, hoping to avoid that, here we are. I drink mostly merlot, so that's what I can recommend. All of these are less than $15, usually closer to $10-12.

Red Rock
Toasted Head
Red Diamond
Ravenswood
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Old 07-01-2013, 07:25 PM   #2
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Kim Crawford Pinot Noir
Manyana Crianza
Lan Crianza
Consumano Nero d'Avola
Contempo Nero d'Avola
Taja Reserva
Simi Cabernet Sauvignon
Campo Viejo Rioja
Root 1 Cabernet (chile)
Aquinas Cabernet
Bucaro Multepulciano D'Abruzzo
Frescobaldi Castiglione Chianti
Dreaming Tree Cabernet
Leese Fitch Cabernet
Masi Campofiorin Ripasso
St. Francis Cabernet

I'll post more as I remember them.

For the few bottles that I highly recommend which is only a few bucks more than your $15 threshold...

Markham Merlot
Alexander Valley Vineyards Cabernet
Franciscan Cabernet
Lan Reserva
Bodegas Protos Crianza (Ribero del Duero)

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Old 07-01-2013, 07:30 PM   #3
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As majestic as the cascading waters of a drain pipe, MD 20/20 is bottled by the 20/20 wine company in Westfield, New York. This is a good place to start for the street wine rookie, but beware; this dog has a bite to back up its bark. MD Stands for Mogen David, and is affectionately called "Mad Dog 20/20". You'll find this beverage as often in a bum's nest as in the rock quarry where the high school kids sneak off to drink. This beverage is likely the most consumed by non-bums, but that doesn't stop any bums from drinking it! Our research indicates that MD 20/20 is the best of the bum wines at making you feel warm inside. Some test subjects report a slight numbing agent in MD 20/20, similar to the banana paste that the dentist puts in your mouth before injecting it with Novocain. Anyone that can afford a dentist should steer clear of this disaster. Available in various nauseating tropical flavors that coat your whole system like bathtub scum, but only the full "Red Grape Wine" flavor packs the 18% wallop.

Liquor stores are starting to be infiltrated by a 13% variety of MD 20/20 Red Grape. There is also a new "Blue Raspberry" flavor with "BLING BLING". Even the lowest functioning of bums will know not to get swindled out of 5%.
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Also... Cowmoo... please don't take this the wrong way, but if you are enjoying Ravenswood and Red Diamond, you will thoroughly enjoy any of the wines I put up there. These are some pretty popular brands which, in my opinion offer very little for a red wine. There are a TON of $10 bottles out there that no one knows about that will put those 2 for $16 bin wines to shame. Branch out, engage your wine store and ask them for suggestions. If they are giving you a Mondavi/Kendall Jackson/BV/etc... walk out and find someone else. They don't know jack sh*t about wine rofl.
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Ravenswood is OK, but I usually only get it if it's on sale. TBH Red Rock is what I normally go for. I haven't strayed too much because at that price point when something is bad, it's really bad. I'll give some of your suggestions a try for sure though.
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Russo, I've looked for some of those names at the grocery store (Harris Teeter, dk if you have them up there) but didn't find them. Are they everywhere where you are or do I need to go to total wine?
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I throw one out there; Liberty School. Their Cab is very hearty and is about $15 a bottle.
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I just grab a bunch of different varietals and wineries in the sub-$15 range from Bevmo, very drinkable wines in that range.
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I almost exclusively drink cab and, for the money, like :

- 14 Hands
- Dynamite
- Layer Cake
- Frog's leap (little more expensive)
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I almost exclusively drink cab and, for the money, like :

- 14 Hands
- Dynamite
- Layer Cake
- Frog's leap (little more expensive)
I'll have to give 14 hands and Layer Cake another go. Haven't had it in a couple years but from what I can recall, sharp tannins and a little extra bite and sweetness (pungent almost) than what I prefer.

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Got a bottle of 14 Hands tonight, not complaining.
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Castle Rock (drinks like grape juice)
Mark west is definitely decent for a pinot noir, much better than most. I had Castle Rock recently and honestly, wasn't a fan. It didn't taste like a pinot noir, had a hot sweetness but artificially flavored almost. This is the reason I don't drink many pinot noirs... you can't score good ones for cheap like you can cabernets, merlots, malbecs, and tempranillos

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wow haven't had that in years... thanks for the reminder, good wine for the summer for strictly red wine drinkers
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Oh and, I might as well put this out there if you want to get sloshed on a 1.5L for less than $15

Mondavi Woodbridge Merlot

Ya, its not the best bottle, and every time I use it, it either goes in to a sauce pan or it goes in to sangria, but... if i had to drink it, I wouldn't complain. Opening it up for a couple hours and bringing it down to proper temp (58) will do that wine wonders, and its a pretty drinkable wine. $7.99 for the 750, $13.99ish for the 1.5. Better (IMO) than your $20 Luna di Luna... LOL is that wine even still around??? hahaha

However this is great wine for sangria. My sangria is mostly red wine with a decent bit of orange juice and gingerale, then you can spike it up with some triple sec (just a little) and however much brandy or spiced rum your little heart desires. No fruit necessary.. its overrated. Overall I would say its about 60% wine, 20% OJ, 20% ginger ale... the rest you just throw in
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Edge Cab can be had for $17 at Costco and it's a damned good wine for that price.
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Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc
Francis Coppola Diamond Collection Black Label Claret
Ménage à Trois California Red

These three are in my daily rotation. Fortunately they sell all three at Costco. The Kim Crawford runs about $12. Francis Coppola around $15 and the Ménage à Trois around $8.
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PK check to see if they have Rodney Strong or St. Francis in that $15 price range. The Rodney is decent, I like it, but for $15 for St. Francis... delicious bottle. I actually had some last night, great wine for the pice.

Also, do they have the Kim Crawford Pinot Noir? That Sauv Blanc is a steal at $12, one of my favorite whites... but I was truly impressed with how good the pinot noir was considering most at that price point (same, $12-$13 if its at costco) is usually junk crap disgusting. Hob Nob being one of them... effing disgusting.
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PK check to see if they have Rodney Strong or St. Francis in that $15 price range. The Rodney is decent, I like it, but for $15 for St. Francis... delicious bottle. I actually had some last night, great wine for the pice.

Also, do they have the Kim Crawford Pinot Noir? That Sauv Blanc is a steal at $12, one of my favorite whites... but I was truly impressed with how good the pinot noir was considering most at that price point (same, $12-$13 if its at costco) is usually junk crap disgusting. Hob Nob being one of them... effing disgusting.
I plan on going this weekend, I'll keep my eye out for both.


I'd also like to add Prosecco Brut Mionetto to the list. I can't remember if it's a hair under or over $10. Definitely under $15 though.
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Yep... Mionetto is a great as well. Definitely enjoy that one from time to time.
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