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Wines For Recessionary Times

Wines For Recessionary Times

by Tim Elliott on October 7, 2008

With the worldwide financial crisis in full swing, it’s a time a lot of wine lovers will be looking to dial back their wine budgets a bit. From my informal polling on Twitter, most are drinking the same amount of wine but less expensive selections are gaining in popularity.

With that in mind, I’m launching a new feature I’m calling “Wines For Recessionary Times.”

That doesn’t always mean cheap wines but we will start there and explore the most extreme values in all price tiers. I’m talking about the $10 wines that give $25 wines a run for their money. Also those $30 wines that make you shake your head and wonder what they were thinking charging $75 a bottle for a similar wine. Or those auction finds that you want to keep to yourself so you can buy more before they are sold out. And wines you can buy for less than $50 A CASE.

So stay tuned as I look for wines that you would guess are 2 or 3 times more expensive than they actually are. This should be a fun project but let’s hope it’s short lived and not necessary this time next year.

What’s your favorite extreme value wine?

  • Well, if we must bring up extremes for the lowest of low prices; Trader Joe’s Charles Shaw wine of course. Which given it’s price, doesn’t taste like two-dollars.

    How much more extreme can one get?

  • I like Veramonte Sauv Blanc from Chile – I usually get it for like $9-10.


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  • wwh

    Back when I was in college, I always enjoyed the $12 Gallon jugs of Carlo Rossi Sangria. Surprisingly good for the price.

  • Nice title and series concept. I’m looking forward to it as well. I’m glad to hear people continue to enjoy as much wine as before…and think you’ll have lots to talk about. Especially if you include tips like stores that discount 10-15% if you buy 6 at a time and other wine club like deals. (free shipping, case discounts, etc.) Because they are out there.

    Sorry I missed meeting you at #wbc! Next time.

  • Kristy

    Trader Joe’s proprietary sparkling wine is a great deal for $4 a bottle – not for an uber-special occasion, but for any other night that you feel you need a few bubbles.

  • Hello, i want to recommend you a fantastic spanish wine for less than $5 a bottle.
    Marqués de la Concordia.
    If you have the chance or tasting it, don´t hesitate to do it.

  • I think the future ahead is going to be a very intersting one indeed. Will wine lovers contine to buy vintage french wine or turn to the 2 buck chuck?
    I really hope wine wont turn to such dark times.

  • J. Smith

    Sean Minor Wines without a doubt. The cab is killer.

  • Tim

    Thanks for all the suggestions, everyone. I’ll be posting up some roundups of a few blind tastings of sub-$10 wines soon.

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