Cheap Wine Reviews

2009 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais-Villages

The 2009 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais-Villages is 100% Gamay sourced from the Beaujolais AOC of Burgundy, France. The 2009 vintage is said to be the best vintage for Beaujolais in the last 50 years. There are different classifications of Beaujolais, the first is labeled Beaujolais and is sourced from all over the AOC. The second classification is Beaujolais-Villages…

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2008 Nerelo Del Bastardo

The 2008 Nerelo Del Bastardo is imported for Trader Joe’s and sells for $7.99. The Bastardo is the Italian equivalent of the French negotiant wines. The wine makers in the Italian DOCG’s are allowed to produce only a certain amount of their top wines and the wines that don’t make the cut cannot be labeled…

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2007 Route 45 Shiraz

The 2007 Route 45 Shiraz is an “end of the bin” find, all bottles $4.99 and when they are gone, they are gone for good. There is not much information available, Wine Spectator and Enthusiast both reviewed the wine in the past year, the Winery seems to have gone under and the Importer does not…

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2009 Domaine de Gournier Chardonnay

The 2009 Domaine de Gournier is 100% Estate grown Chardonnay located in the hills overlooking the town of Nimes in the Rhone Valley, but outside the borders of the Costieres de Nimes AOC. Since this was not grown inside a AOC designated growing area, the wine is referred to as a Vin de Pays des Cevennes (translates…

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Rene Barbier Mediterrean Red

Rene Barbier Mediterranean Red is a non-vintage blend of 55% Merlot and 45% Tempranillo sourced from the Catalunya D.O. located in Northeastern Spain (near Barcelona). It is available at World Market and several other retailer and sells at Trader Joe’s for $4.99. The alcohol content is 12.5%. The color is clear, shiny cherry red. The…

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Pancake Cellars Big Day White 2010

First thing you need to know about Trader Joe’s Pancake Cellars Big Day White is that there is no Pancake Cellars. Pancake Cellars is one of the many labels produced by Central Coast Wine Warehouse a contract wine producer, they make 50+ labels, many of which are first class wines. We reviewed the 2009 Pancake…

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2009 Forefront Pinot Noir

Forefront is the entry level label for  Pine Ridge Winery. The Forefront Pinot Noir is 100% Pinot Noir grapes sourced from 3 different growing areas, 51% from Santa Barbara, 41% from the Edna Valley of San Luis Obispo and  8% from Monterey, California. Santa Barbara has warm temperature, causing the grapes to ripen quickly, making…

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2009 Sebastiani Sonoma County Chardonnay

The 2009 Sebastiani Sonoma Coast Chardonnay is 99% Chardonnay and 1% Roussanne sourced from several vineyards with long term grape contracts in Carneros  and other Sonoma growing areas. 52% of the wine (mostly from vineyards in the coolest growing areas) was aged in mainly Hungarian oak barrels (Hungarian oak barrels are $300 cheaper than French oak…

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The heat of summer and your bottle of wine

What does heat do to wine? 1) Wine can be exposed to very cold temperatures with very few ill effects. The cold can cause the cork to move, thus breaking the seal, this means you need to drink the wine by the next day, not exactly the worst thing in the world. 2) Exposure to…

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2009 Armand Roux Verdillac Bordeaux Sauvignon Blanc

The 2009 Armand Roux Verdillac Bordeaux Sauvignon Blanc– Trader Joe’s $7.99. In Bordeaux, the blanc or white wine is primarily Sauvignon Blanc blended with Semillon, in past vintages the Verdillac Sauvignon Blanc was a mostly Sauvignon Blanc with a smaller percentage of Semillon. This is a negociant wine, which Bordeaux Estate grew the grapes or produced…

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2010 Domaine Les Aphillanthes Cotes-du-Rhone Rose’

The 2010 Domaine Les Aphillanthes Cote-du-Rhone Rose’ is a blend of 60% Cinsault, 20% Grenache, 15% Counoise (a Rhone red grape used in blends) and 5% Mourvedre sourced from Estate bio-dynamic vineyards in the Southern Rhone Valley in France. A Rose’ is red wine grapes made in a white wine style, the grape skins are…

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2009 Penelope Sanchez Tinto Joven

The 2009 Penelope Sanchez Tinto Joven (means Young Red wine) is 85% Garnacha and 15% Syrah sourced from vineyards in the Campo de Borja region of Spain. Tinto Joven indicates this a “drink it now” wine and does not go thru much aging, no oak barrels only a short time in large open vats. This…

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2010 Lacheteau Vouvray

Vouvray is the name for Chenin Blanc grown in the Vouvray growing region near the town of Tours in the Loire Valley, France. The Lacheteau Vouvray is exclusively imported for Trader Joe’s and sells for $6.99. Lacheteau is one of the largest negociant’s in the Loire Valley, which means they do not grow the grapes,…

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2008 Scott Harvey Amador County Zinfandel

The 2008 Scott Harvey Amador County Mountain Selection Zinfandel is 99% Zinfandel and 1% Mixed Ports (the grapes that go into Port) sourced from several vineyards in the Shenandoah Valley of Amador County, California. The list of  the vineyards used is interesting, 64% Bowman Vineyards, 13% Manby Vineyards, 9% Norton Vineyard (84 year old vines),…

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2010 Santa Julia [+] Torrontes

The Santa Julia [+] Torrontes is 100% Torrontes sourced from the sustainably grown grapes from the Mendoza growing region in Argentina. The grapes are hand picked and the wine is aged in stainless steel vats. This is the classic white wine from Argentina, the perfect summer wine. The alcohol content is a relatively stout 13.8%. The color…

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2009 Bonterra Organic Chardonnay

The 2009 Bonterra Organic Chardonnay is 92% Chardonnay, 4% Muscat and 4% Viognier sourced from several vineyards along side the Russian River in Mendocino, California. Bonterra is under the same ownership group as Fetzer wines, so the majority of the grapes come from Fetzer’s certified organic vineyards (Fetzer started growing organic grapes back in 1984)….

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2009 Les Trois Couronnes Cotes-du-Rhone

The Les Trois Couronnes (the 3 Crowns) Cotes-du-Rhone is 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah sourced from sustainably grown grapes in the south of the Rhone Valley, France. This is a negociant wine (the negociant is Cellier  des Dauphins), they purchase excess wine from different producers and make their own less expensive bottling out of the…

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2010 Trader Joe’s Petit Reserve Napa Valley Rose’

The 2010 Trader Joe’s Petit Reserve Napa Valley Rose’ is a complete mystery wine, the label does not tell which grape was used to produce this Rose’. They did think it was important to tell you that the grapes were grown in Napa Valley. The only reason I can think of for withholding the type…

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2008 Louis M Martini Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon

The 2008 Louis M. Martini Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from vineyards in several Sonoma County wine growing areas, Dry Creek is the only AVA actually name checked on Louis Martini’s website. Louis Martini is one of Gallo Wines 40+ wine labels, but Michael Martini a third generation winemaker is still in charge of…

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