The down-turn in the economy has provided me with some amazing opportunities to try high-end wines. The metro-Phoenix area has been hit very hard by the recession. A lot of grocery stores and warehouse stores have reduced their high-end wine inventories, slashed prices, and replaced the floor space with things that people might buy more of in a recession. Things like bread and vegetables, instead of second-growth Bordeaux.
As a result I have been able to pick up some of these $50-$100 wines for about half price, and I have been reviewing and enjoying them. It occurred to me last week that not everyone can get their hands on these mark-downs. I decided to balance out my reviewing with some great under $20 bargains.
So, just in time for the Christmas season, here are some awesome wines under $20
Cameron Hughes, Lot 140, 2007, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chalk Hill, Sonoma County. $13.99 at select Costco’s.
On the nose: Raspberry, Bing cherry and Anise.
On the Palate: Cocoa and a hint of mint
See my review of it full review of it here .
Next up is d’Arenberg’s “Laughing Magpie”
one the nose: floral notes with cranberry and cherries
on the palate: Ripe and juicy, velvety mouth-feel
full review here
$18.99 at Costco
And thirdly, just to switch things up a little bit (I have been reviewing mostly reds) it’s a Sauvignon Blanc from Titus Vineyards:
Deliciously smooth with ripe fruit and well balanced acidity, more on this wine here.
It’s $20 on their website and most wineries websites are a little higher than the average retail, so you could probably find it cheaper than $20 at a retail outlet. But you’ll have to be quick about it, there were only 380 cases made!
And last but not least: Chalone Vineyard Monterey Cabernet, 2007
$16.99 retail, although with coupons and discounts I ended up paying about $7.56 a bottle
13.5% alcohol, vanilla oak, well balanced oak and fruit, see full review here
Ok – I’ll take your word for it, I’m heading to Costco this weekend!
Pick up some steak while you’re there, nothing like the slow roasted Tri-Tip!
I like what you’re doing! I like that you are in AZ! And I like that you are at Costco! (They’ve really done right by me, I have to admit.)
I’m enjoying your reviews & look forward to after Jan. 17 (P.F. Chang’s Rock n’Roll) so I can try some of these great wines~
Thank you! So, like, wine before a marathon is a no no?
Just for me it is, as far as I know! ;0