Sunday, March 20, 2005

Cheap Wine Review

A few months ago, Sarah and I decided to slum it a bit and drink only "extreme value" wine. With Two-Buck Chuck being such a great value (most of the time), we started wondering about the other sub-five-dollar wines offered at Trader Joes.

So, below is our "'04 Cheap Wine Review." (Stay tuned for the '05 version...)

TypeBrandPriceRatingTasting Notes
ChardonnaySan Andre's$ 2.99 4.0 Solid
ChardonnayJW Morris$ 2.99 4.0 Good, but not great
ChardonnayBlue Fin$ 2.99 4.0 Kinda harsh; solid flavor
ChardonnayBear's Lair$ 3.99 4.0 Very buttery, good with food
GewurtzJW Morris$ 2.99 1.0 So freaking sweet - yuck!
Sav BlancCallaway$ 4.99 3.5 Crisp, clean, fruity and sweet; not much flavor
Sav BlancSan Andre's$ 2.99 3.0 Pucker! Not very flavorful
Sav BlancBarefoot$ 3.99 4.0 Crisp, good
CabSanta Ema$ 3.99 3.0 Fruity, almost sweet
CabBear's Lair$ 3.99 3.0 Alcohol, tannins, not much flavor
CabTula Vista$ 3.99 4.0 Dry but fruity; good flavor, hot
Cab/MerlotSan Andre's$ 2.99 2.5 Smells like f&%$
MerlotJW Morris$ 2.99 4.5 Fruity, dry on front; solid, not too hot
Pinot NoirPepperwood Grove$ 4.99 4.5 Dry, full bodied
Pinot NoirJW Morris$ 2.99 4.5 Tasty; too fruity/sweet
ZinJW Morris$ 2.99 3.0 Earthy, strawberries, pucker
Rating Methodology
Blech!Yuck! We had to pour it out.
BadNot good at all, and not even worth the few dollars it cost.
EhDrinkable, but not worth buying again.
GoodTasty and easy to drink. Good for an everyday or party wine.
FantasticGreat all around and a value at twice the price. Worthy of the cellar.

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