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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.


  • 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

  • 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.

    Comments (1)

    Steve Killey wrote:
    01.29.04 at 1:03 PM

    The Coppola Claret is outstanding.
    The Rosenblum Zin is my other favorite in the Reds.
    The Bonny Doon Big House and the Hess Select are my top favorites in the Whites.
    Thanks for the list and great Blog!

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