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TXSailor 10-03-2012 10:24 AM

Favorite Wine under $30
 
The wife and I were out in Napa two weeks ago. We bought all this great wine we brought back, but of course we aren't drinking it on a daily basis because we are "saving" it.

I'd love to hear everyone's opinion on their best "daily" wine. For some of you that may be a $75 bottle of Trefethen Cab, but I would love to here ideas for less expensive alternatives that taste almost as good as the big boys.

I'll start by suggesting Round Pond Cab.

Wookie420 10-03-2012 10:27 AM

$30 is right about where the Merkin Chupacabra is priced. It's from Maynard's (of TOOL fame) Arizona vineyard and is really good. Worth checking out. The Chupacabra is a red blend and composition varies a bit from vintage to vintage.

jragan 10-03-2012 11:25 AM

La Crema Pinot Noir has always been a low cost but good tasting favorite for casual drinking.

RCarmichael77 10-03-2012 11:51 AM

http://www.winelog.net/images/wines/...EwMzI4Mw==.jpg

I kid, I kid. In that price range I usually go with SIMI or Franciscan or maybe Mulderbosch.

pmptx 10-03-2012 12:27 PM

Had the Mulderbosch rose last week. A solid summertime wine, and it is just under $20.

J-son 10-03-2012 12:33 PM

Duckhorn decoy cab for me

Fuego 10-03-2012 01:06 PM

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Originally Posted by jragan (Post 107317)
La Crema Pinot Noir has always been a low cost but good tasting favorite for casual drinking.

^+1

Fuego 10-03-2012 01:16 PM

We're also quite fond of Willamette Valley Vineyards 2008 Pinot Noir which you can occasionally find at COSTCO at a very reasonable price.

marklar182 10-03-2012 06:09 PM

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Originally Posted by Wookie420 (Post 107309)
$30 is right about where the Merkin Chupacabra is priced. It's from Maynard's (of TOOL fame) Arizona vineyard and is really good. Worth checking out. The Chupacabra is a red blend and composition varies a bit from vintage to vintage.

I have actually been wanting to try this, where can you get it locally?

Wookie420 10-03-2012 10:16 PM

Try Whole Foods in Plano

7thz16 10-04-2012 10:17 PM

Crios Malbec, Beringer Merlot, Irony Pinot.

Quote:

Originally Posted by TXSailor (Post 107308)
The wife and I were out in Napa two weeks ago. We bought all this great wine we brought back, but of course we aren't drinking it on a daily basis because we are "saving" it.

I'd love to hear everyone's opinion on their best "daily" wine. For some of you that may be a $75 bottle of Trefethen Cab, but I would love to here ideas for less expensive alternatives that taste almost as good as the big boys.

I'll start by suggesting Round Pond Cab.


Qship5 10-04-2012 11:27 PM

I like this thread, but need to also ask... Is a $30 bottle your normal, daily dinner wine? I know it is all relative, but I've found some really good wines in the $30 price range and if I drink them with dinner most days it won't be long until a $100 bottle is feeling above average rather than tasting amazing.

Thoughts???

TXSailor 10-05-2012 09:55 AM

For me, Daily wine is from $15-$25, and my wife and I are always seeking new wines (mostly cabs and pinots) in that spot. I agree with you Mike that for 25-40 you can find a wine that will compare with many $100 wines. That's why I started the thread.

I think that serving wine at the proper temperture and in the proper glass makes a huge difference. A good $30 bottle served in the right glass at the right temp is better than many $100 bottles served in crap glass and warm.

But I am no wine snob, just learining here.

DFDubM 10-05-2012 07:20 PM

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Originally Posted by TXSailor (Post 107463)
For me, Daily wine is from $15-$25, and my wife and I are always seeking new wines (mostly cabs and pinots) in that spot. I agree with you Mike that for 25-40 you can find a wine that will compare with many $100 wines. That's why I started the thread.

I think that serving wine at the proper temperture and in the proper glass makes a huge difference. A good $30 bottle served in the right glass at the right temp is better than many $100 bottles served in crap glass and warm.

But I am no wine snob, just learining here.

So agree!!

Mr. Hollywood 10-05-2012 07:52 PM

This is a really nice Italian Red for less than $25 at Whole Foods.



http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/c...663CA7344F.jpg

MarkDFW 12-11-2012 09:04 PM

A couple others that are less expensive and good for the price:

For $10, Apothic is hard to beat.
For under $20, try Educated Guess.

Another good idea is to go to wtso.com which stands for "wines til sold out". They also have an app you can download. They only sell 1 wine at a time and to get free shipping, you need to usually buy 3 or 4 bottles. Pretty good deals since they buy in bulk and pass some of the savings on.

Last tip: There is an app call wine.com and you can filter for wines that are $20 or less that are rated 90 points or higher. Good way to find deals.

RaceMX-M3 12-13-2012 10:07 PM

I like Pinots, like the Willamette Valley, La Crema and Bearboat - all around $20. Everytime I shop for wine I grab a few bottles randomly in the $15 - $25 range and try to remember which ones I like.

c0zgrove 12-14-2012 10:43 AM

If anyone likes port wine, Messina Hof winery just outside of college station makes an awesome port wine. They worked with Texas A&M to develop a yeast allows the wine to ferment at a higher alcohol content so there is no added brandy.

TXSailor 12-14-2012 01:08 PM

I have a new goto. Molly Dooker- Two Left Feet. Shiraz blend. Great everyday wine.

Qship5 12-14-2012 08:16 PM

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Originally Posted by TXSailor (Post 111848)
I have a new goto. Molly Dooker- Two Left Feet. Shiraz blend. Great everyday wine.

I kinda figured that was an Aussie Shiraz based on the name...


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