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Every day wines...

Posted by John Andrews, Jul 14, 2008.

Okay, I've gotten to the point where I can admit that I love wine. However, I have found that my tastes seem to lean more to the expensive wines. I don't know if it perception or really the taste but given a $20 cab and $50 cab I always seem to lean to the later. The problem is that I can't have a $50 bottle of wine as my every day wine. What I need is an everyday wine. Over the past year or so, I’ve made an effort to find my 'every day' wines.
What have done here compile a list of what are my every day wines (they were in my head only). For me, my every day wines should below $25 and ideally below $20. I know $25 is high but if they are from California wineries and I can usually get them at discount (industry connection) so my list is a little skewed. Here they are:

La Crema Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

Retail $22 ($15 to $20 on sale)

Love this for it is easy drinking but elegant flavors. Basic Pinot Noir but still distinctive. Prefer the La Crema region Pinot Noirs (Los Carneros, Russian River and Anderson Valley - $34) but this is value buy!

Snooth Reviews:
2006: (both available)

La Crema Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

Retail $18 ($12 to $18 on sale)

Classic California Chardonnay although, Melissa Stackhouse - the wine maker, is using more of a French style. Again regional version ($27) is more my style this hits the value spot.

Snooth Reviews:
2006: (both available)

R Wines Boarding Pass Shiraz

Retail $18 ($14 to $18 on sale)

Incredibly complex wine for the price. Screw cap ensures more than a day or two of freshness and packaging just adds to the wine.

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R Wines Evil Cabernet

Retail $12 ($8 to $12 on sale)

$8 cab with a kick? Potential for aging? Friggin hell!!!! R Wines is definitely the place to look for values. It's too bad we don't get their full range here in the US.

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Duckhorn Decoy

Retail $30 ($28 to $32 - Me: low $20s with discount)

Okay, this isn't really fair as I consider this an everyday wine because I get on industry discount. Duckhorn just makes good wines. Even though the 'DECOY' is considered their bargain wine it will stack up against a lot of great wines.

Snooth Reviews:
2006: (Current)

Chateau St. Michelle Eroica Riesling

$25 ($14 to $22 on sale)

I eat a lot of spicy foods and Rieslings go with spicy foods. This is a standout because I found it at Beverages & More ( with a serious sale price ($15). Always highly rated and loved by many.

Snooth Reviews:
2007: Current release - no reviews (both available)

Vermonte Primus

$18 ($13 to $18 on sale)

Took some time for me to open up to this but when it 'aired out' I was really impressed. It seems to be on sale a lot and has inspired me to try other Veramonte wines (about $8 to $10 for their main wines).

Snooth Reviews:
2005: (Current release)

Loxton Cellars Barrel Select Shiraz

$22 (Only from the winery)

Okay, I had to throw in one of the wines from the winery I work at. Truth is that I get a serious discount on all the Loxton wines so I could have put them all down. However, keeping with the spirit of what I'm trying to do. I picked this on because I believe it is a special wine with a great price.

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There are wines that are on my list but left out. I left them out for a number for one of the following reasons: price, availability, or I already had a selection in that style. If you are wondering what they are I've listed them here:

- Dashe Cellars Dry Riesling ($20)
- Brooks Riesling ($18) & Pinot Noir ($25)
- La Crema Viognier & Pinot Gris ($20 each)
- Twelve Wines Pinot Noir ($25)
- Panther Creek Winemakers Cuvee ($25)
- Witness Tree Estate Pinot Noir ($28)

These are my choices. As you can see they are almost all west coast (US) wines. What can I say? It is where I live. Let me know what your every day wine choices are.


Reply by oceank8, Jul 15, 2008.

Great list, the ones I have had I love and the others I plan to try. I find that when I get ahold of a great everyday wine, I buy a bunch of it and then get tired of it. With a good list I can buy a few of each and not get bored with them!

Reply by John Andrews, Jul 18, 2008.

Ocean, glad you enjoyed the list ... be curious to see what is on your list.

Reply by Philip James, Jul 18, 2008.

The Eroica is great. Anything by Duckhorn is good too. Not tried the Boarding pass, but would like to...

For me, i'd add the following:

Reply by oceank8, Jul 19, 2008.

As I mentioned above, I change my daily drinkers regularly but some recent favorites are:

Reply by John Andrews, Jul 22, 2008.

@Philip - The Ridge Three Valleys wine is getting a lot of coverage these days. I hope they don't jack the price on it.

@Oceank8 - The Layer Cake seems interesting, I should try that out.

Reply by John Andrews, Jul 23, 2008.

Just saw this on Wine&Spirits and thought I'd share it. It's there list of 'value' brands:


Reply by Philip James, Jul 25, 2008.

Smart people, those Wine and Spirits folks...

If you look very carefully at the third image down on this page you'll see a very familiar website... us!!!

Thanks for the mention Tyler.

Reply by dschur, Oct 14, 2008.

One of my favorite value wines is Amberhill Cabernet. It is made by Raymond, and sells for about $9 at Trader Joes. I would actually stack this up against almost any California cab under $45.

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