The Search for an Inexpensive Dinner Wine-Part 2

As a follow up to last week’s entry, The Search for an Inexpensive Dinner Wine at Trader Joe’s, http://mferraro73.tumblr.com/post/134068325491/the-search-for-an-inexpensive-dinner-wine-at, here is the next segment. Instead of being wines from all the same store, this entry includes wines under $15 from all different local stores.

Neil and I have been traveling in the USA since September 2015 and are continuing our Search for an Inexpensive Dinner Wine. Since we are no longer in California, the selection hasn’t been as plentiful. We visited the local liquor store in MA and a few of the grocery stores in FL but really didn’t know which wines to try. We recognized a few of the budget brands from California but weren’t too excited about trying them, so we tried some of the lesser known brands. We also thought we should try some international brand wines because they would be new to us.

This entry is set up similarly to last week’s entry so you can browse through it to see price, origin and our tasting notes. We’ve also included some of the liquor store names and which state it is located in. We hope you are enjoying this series of entries and maybe you will find a new favorite wine!

Here are the wines we’ve tried:

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2012 The Buccaneer Zinfandel

BevMo 5cent Sale, CA

price: $19.95 (buy one, get one for 5cents)

origin: California

Dark fruit, dried fruit, a little sweet, overripe? burnt?

Really easy to drink

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2012 Cocobon Vineyards

Red blend

Fettes Liquor store, MA

price: $8.99

origin: California

Blackberry, oak, reminds Maria of merlot

Sweeter table red

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2013 Luna Nuda Pinot Grigio

Fettes Liquor store, MA

price: $14.99

origin: Italy

Definite mineral aroma, kind of cat pee, apples, tart, tastes softer and crisp too

Light for a Pinot Grigio

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2012 Casillero del Diablo Devil’s Collection

White blend

Fettes Liquor store, MA

price: $12.99

origin: Chile

Crisp, mineral, citrus, honeysuckle

Used with fried pork chop and apple recipe

A little too mineral

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2013 Gnarly Head Old Vine Zin

Winn Dixie, FL

price: $9.99

origin: Lodi, CA

Grapes, spice, smoky, vanilla, blackberry or plum

Smooth texture

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2013 Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling

Walgreen’s, FL

price: $9.99

origin: Columbia Valley, WA

Slightly effervescent, cantaloupe melon, minerals, apple finish

Pretty good

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2015 Charles Shaw Nouveau

Trader Joe’s, FL

price: $2.99

origin: California

Light, smooth, berry!, spice, slightly tart, jammy

Good

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2014 The Wolftrap

48% Viognier, 41% Chenin Blanc, 11% Grenache Blanc

Rollin’ Oats Market, FL

price: $5.99

origin: South Africa

Crisp, peach, melon, fruity

Good

 

 

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