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Los Andicos Malbec 2015

The Los Andicos Malbec 2015 is a $6.99 ALDI import exclusive sourced from vineyards in the Mendoza Province of Argentina. Mendoza produces most of the wine coming out of Argentina, it includes some of the highest altitude vineyards in the world. Because of the lofty altitudes, the vines receive hours of intense sunlight and the higher elevations keep most…

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Heartswork Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

The Heartswork Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 is a certified USDA Organic with no detectable sulfites, available at ALDI and some other wine shops for $6.99. This Cabernet is sourced from certified organic vineyards located in more than 1 California grape growing AVA (in California, if 75% of the grapes were farmed in one AVA, then that…

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Chiare Blanc de Blancs 2014

The Chiare Blanc de Blancs 2014 is a $6.99 ALDI exclusive (this is a seasonal Sparkling wine that sold for $9.99 during the holidays) made from Pinot Blanc, Riesling and Muscat grapes grown in Monterey County, California. This is a Sparkling wine produced with the Charmat Method, the same technique used to make Prosecco. The…

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Crystal Creek Cellars Chardonnay 2014

The Crystal Creek Cellars Chardonnay 2014 is a $7.99 ALDI exclusive sourced from vineyards in the Columbia Valley AVA of Washington State. In checking around the internet, it seems that Crystal Creek is produced for ALDI by a reputable wine company located in the Northwest. For years, I have read that ALDI wines routinely win awards…

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Pillar Heights Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

The Pillar Heights Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 is an $8.99 ALDI exclusive, produced for them by Turn Key Wine Brands. Turn Key is a private label winery with vineyards in Paso Robles and Santa Barbara, along with contracts with other growers. Paso Robles is located inside the Central Coast AVA, about half way between Los…

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Outlander Meritage 2013

The Outlander Meritage 2013 is a $8.99 ALDI exclusive sourced from vineyards in the Paso Robles AVA inside the Central Coast AVA of California. A Meritage wine is made from the grapes varietals that are permitted for use in the Red blends of Bordeaux in France. Here the blend is Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Petit Verdot…

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Seadrift Pinot Noir 2014

The Seadrift Pinot Noir 2014 is a $7.99 ALDI exclusive sourced from more than one grape growing AVA in California. ALDI never gives out much information about their wines, a quick check of the internet showed that the Seadrift is produced by a custom winery located in the Central Coast AVA, but anything more than…

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Pampa Estate Malbec 2014

The Pampa Estate Malbec 2014 is a $4.99 ALDI import exclusive sourced from vineyards in the Mendoza region of Argentina. Mendoza is the largest grape producing region in Argentina and is located on the eastern side of the Andes Mountains (the wine regions of Chile are on the western side). ALDI doesn’t give much information…

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Sargent Canyon Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

The Sargent Canyon Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 is a $6.99 ALDI’s wine sourced from vineyards in the Central Coast AVA of California. The Sargent Canyon Cabernet is Estate grown and  sustainably farmed. So who or what is Sargent Canyon? A quick check with Google shows that Sargent Canyon is a trademark owned by Scheid Vineyards, vineyards and winery…

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2011 Viña Fuerte Tempranillo Crianza

The 2011 Viña Fuerte Tempranillo Crianza is a $4.99 ALDI’s import exclusive, bottled by Bodegas Isidro Milagro using grapes grown in the La Mancha DO (a DO is similar to an AVA in California, it delineates the boundaries of a wine region and provides rules and regulations) of central Spain. La Mancha is a huge…

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Flirty Bird Syrah 2012

The 2012 Flirty Bird Syrah is an ALDI $4.99 import exclusive. Produced for ALDI by Felix Solis Wines a family owned winery in business since 1952, they have holdings in several areas of Spain and have operated a winery in China since 1998. The Flirty Bird Syrah is produced from vineyards in the Castilla-LaMancha region…

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La Maceta Garnacha 2012

The 2012 La Maceta Garnacha (translates to The Flower Pot) is a $4.99 ALDI import exclusive, produced for them by Bodegas San Valero in the Cariñena DO of Spain. Bodegas San Valero is a cooperative of 700 small growers (they farm 8,600 acres) founded in 1944. The Cariñena DO is located in the Zaragoza Province of Aragon in…

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Winking Owl Chardonnay

The Winking Owl Chardonnay is a non-vintage $2.89 California wine sold by ALDI. The Winking Owl wines (produced by E & J Gallo) are the ALDI competitor to Trader Joe’s Charles Shaw wines or 2 Buck Chuck (produced by Bronco Wines). The back label mentions toasted oak as a flavor, so this Chardonnay sees some…

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2012 Burlwood Cellars Merlot

The 2012 Burlwood Cellars Merlot is a $4.99 ALDI  US exclusive wine. Burlwood Cellars is one of E & J Gallo’s many labels and has been around for several years, but is now an ALDI wine, though you can find it in Canada for about $11. There is not much technical information available for the Burlwood…

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Dancing Flame Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

The 2012 Dancing Flame Cabernet Sauvignon is a $4.99 ALDI import exclusive, sourced from vineyards in the Central Valley of Chile. This Cabernet is produced by Vina Luis Felipe Edwards, a family owned winery in business since 1976 and this wine is exported to 60 different countries. The Dancing Flame was aged in oak for…

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Vilalva Douro Reserva 2010

The 2010 Vilalva Douro Reserva Red Blend is a $6.99 ALDI’s import exclusive, made for them by Enoport United Wines from grapes grown in the Douro DOC of Portugal. This is a DOC wine which is Portugal’s highest quality classification. Portuguese wines use indigenous grapes, you will not find Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon, but you…

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Ornament Chardonnay

The Ornament Chardonnay is a $5.99 ALDI exclusive, a non-vintage IGP Pays D’Oc wine, which means it is sourced from the Languedoc region of France and is representative of the wines from the area, but does not conform to the AOC (Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée) rules. The main reason to purchase this Chardonnay is the bottle,…

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San Bachelli Chianti DOCG 2011

The 2011 San Bachelli DOCG Chianti is an ALDI’s $4.99 import exclusive. Chianti is a wine produced from grapes grown in the Chianti zone of central Tuscany in Italy. The Chianti region has several sub regions, but the two main regions are Chianti Classico and  the regular Chianti, Chianti Classico has a better reputation and…

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Intermingle Red 2011

The 2011 Intermingle California Red blend is a $5.99 ALDI exclusive sourced from grapes grown in more than one California grape growing AVA. ALDI does not provide much information on the particulars of the wine, “Cherry and berry notes with a touch of oak in the finish” and this is a semi-sweet Red, is about…

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Le Parisian Bordeaux Red 2012

The 2012 Le Parisian Bordeaux Red is a $4.99 ALDI’s import exclusive. In Europe, ALDI’s has a fairly decent reputation for selling good quality, inexpensive Bordeaux wines, while in the US their wine selection is scaled down. The general rule of thumb with buying cheap Bordeaux wines is, in an excellent vintage everyone in Bordeaux…

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lil’ koala Chardonnay

The lil’ koala Chardonnay is a $4.99 Aldi’s wine imported from South East Australia. This is a non-vintage wine with a cartoon critter label, at one time if a wine had a cartoon critter on the label it was probably a wise idea to avoid it. But, inexpensive wine has seen enough improvement in the…

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Whispering Valley Reserve Napa Valley Chardonnay 2010

The 2010 Whispering Valley Reserve  Napa Valley Chardonnay is an $8.99 Aldi’s exclusive that is currently on close-out for $4.99. The 2009 Whispering Valley Chardonnay was sourced from the Delle Venezie growing region of northeast Italy, not Napa Valley, California. Aldi’s does not provide much information concerning this bottle, such as who made it and…

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Real del Pedro Oak Cask Malbec 2011

The 2011 Real del Pedro Oak Cask Aged Malbec is a $6.99 Aldi’s import exclusive sourced from vines grown in the Mendoza region of Argentina. The cork says this wine was Estate bottled, but not which Estate. The back label says this Malbec was aged in oak casks or barrels for 6 months. Red wines…

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St. Gisbertus Holiday Chardonnay

The St. Gisbertus Holiday Chardonnay is a $5.99 Aldi’s import exclusive. This is a non-vintage Chardonnay using IGP (new designation for Vin de Pays wines) D’Oc (the Languedoc) grapes but the wine is bottled in Germany, Aldi’s is a German company. To be honest, I bought this wine for the bottle, the front label serves…

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Grandi Mori Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG

The Grandi Mori Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG is a $8.99 Sparkling wine imported exclusively for ALDI’s. This is an Extra Dry Prosecco, which is halfway between Brut and Dry (The Italians prefer their Prosecco to be Extra Dry). The Prosecco DOC is grown in the Veneto and Friuli region, the Valdobbiadene DOCG is a valley…

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