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01.21.2004

Cost Plus Wine Recommendations

My dad asked me the other day for a list of reasonably inexpensive wines that would be better than the Two-Buck-Chuck that he had taken to drinking for its value. Dad is trying to cut back on beer a little but likes to unwind after work, and doesn't mind the added health benefits of drinking red wine.

He has a Cost Plus near him, so I suggested he head over there for some good wine values. Here's the list I provided. Note that he's a red drinker so its skewed a little towards that end of the spectrum.

I've tasted all of the wines below (some in different vintages) and they're all pretty good values for the money.

RED

  • Rosenblum Zinfandel - $7.99 - score: 7
  • Bogle Cabernet 2000 - $9.99
  • Dynamite Vineyards 2001 Merlot - $9.99
  • Neibaum-Coppola Black Label Claret - $10.99 - score: 8
  • Seghesio Zinfandel - $11.99
  • Estancia Cabernet - $12.99
  • Cinnabar Mercury Rising - $13.99 - score: 8.5
  • Franciscan Oakville Estate Napa Cab 2000 - $16.99 - score 7.5

    WHITE
  • Chateau St. Jean Chardonnay - $7.99
  • Hess Select Chardonnay - $7.99 - score: 7
  • Bonny Doon Big House White - $8.99 - score: 7

    If you don't have a Cost Plus near you, most of these wines can be purchased from the producers or online. I happen to know that Mercury Rising (one of my favorites in the list) is avalable at Porthos.

  • Rosenblum Zinfandel - \$7.99 - score: 7\n
  • Bogle Cabernet 2000 - \$9.99 \n
  • Dynamite Vineyards 2001 Merlot - \$9.99\n
  • Neibaum-Coppola Black Label Claret - \$10.99 - score: 8\n
  • Seghesio Zinfandel - \$11.99\n
  • Estancia Cabernet - \$12.99 \n
  • Cinnabar Mercury Rising - \$13.99 - score: 8.5\n
  • Franciscan Oakville Estate Napa Cab 2000 - \$16.99 - score 7.5\n \nWHITE\n
  • Chateau St. Jean Chardonnay - \$7.99\n
  • Hess Select Chardonnay - \$7.99 - score: 7\n
  • Bonny Doon Big House White - \$8.99 - score: 7\n\nIf you don't have a Cost Plus near you, most of these wines can be purchased from the producers or online. I happen to know that Mercury Rising (one of my favorites in the list) is avalable at Porthos.
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