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14 March 2006

Ten Buck Tuesday

Tenbucks_1 I'm not sure anyone needs to be standing up for corporate wine.  However, I will say this; there are literally hundreds of inviting and reliable, cheap ($10 and under) wines to be had.  A few months ago we compiled a list of over thirty ten-buck recommends created from wine & food bloggers' favorite cheap drinks.  It's an incredibly diverse set of wines - ranging from macro- to micro-producers.  People new to wine shouldn't be intimidated by wine.  On the other hand, I don't think wine newbies need to be constrained to the garanimals wine department.  Exploration is fun.  In the spirit of exploration, allow me to recommend some of my new favorites on the Hamilton tip:

  1. Viña Alarba  Old Vines Grenache 2004 ($6)
  2. Terre Rouge Vin Gris d'Amador 2003 ($10)
  3. Saint M Riesling 2004 ($10)
  4. LaVis Merlot 2003 ($10)
  5. Cantina Rotaliana di Mezzolombardo Teroldego Rotaliano 2003 ($10)

There you have it.  Fine wine.  Ten bucks.  And nothing that could be confused with Hi-C or Hawaiian Punch.

If you've recently discovered a tasty ten buck gem, share it with the class via the comments section.  Our wallets thank you.

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jens at cincinnati wine warehouse

I would gladly pay $10 for Jonsey Old Tawny Port from Australia. It's a blend of Grenache, Shiraz and Pedro Ximenez from the Grateful Palate book. Delicious!

GrapeApe

We recently had a scavenger hunt of sorts. The hunt was for 6 wines under $10 from 6 different countries. One we found, that was good, was Kondor Malbec from Argentina.

Collin Christenbury

Here is my pick....but it will cost you an extra buck, but it is sooooo worth it, though.
CMS by Hedges Cellars.

beau

Jens - Thanks for the Jonsey recommend, I'll see if I can find it.

GA - I'm a fan of inexpensive Argentine Malbec with my pepperoni pizza

Collin - No worries. 11 bucks for CMS is not bad at all.

Cam Wheeler

4 quick picks Under $13.60 AUD ($10USD)

Leo Buring Eden Valley Riesling 2005
Leo Buring Clare Valley Riesling 2005
McWilliams Elizabeth Semillon 2000/2001
Seppelt Original Sparkling Shiraz 2001/2002 (some bottles under crown seal as well in Australia!)

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