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Old 10-03-2012, 09:24 AM   #1
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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.
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$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.
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La Crema Pinot Noir has always been a low cost but good tasting favorite for casual drinking.
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I kid, I kid. In that price range I usually go with SIMI or Franciscan or maybe Mulderbosch.
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Had the Mulderbosch rose last week. A solid summertime wine, and it is just under $20.
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Duckhorn decoy cab for me
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La Crema Pinot Noir has always been a low cost but good tasting favorite for casual drinking.
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We're also quite fond of Willamette Valley Vineyards 2008 Pinot Noir which you can occasionally find at COSTCO at a very reasonable price.
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$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?
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Crios Malbec, Beringer Merlot, Irony Pinot.

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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.

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I'll start by suggesting Round Pond Cab.
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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???
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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.
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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!!
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This is a really nice Italian Red for less than $25 at Whole Foods.



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