Friday Question of the Day – What’s Your Favorite Wine

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We spend a lot of time talking about and debating beer. This week I’ve been getting a lot of emails about the arrival of Beaujolais Nouveau. And it got me thinking that we don’t talk too often about wine. I took a wine class in college (2 hour lecture, 1 hour tasting) greatest class ever. Ed. Note: Miami University of Ohio represent. Sadly, I haven’t retained too much info beyond the fact that most corks come from Portugal. Anyway, from time to time I enjoy a nice glass of wine but whenever I go into a store to buy a bottle I stare at the bottles slack jawed and have no idea what to buy.

So for a fun Friday question of the day – what’s your favorite wine? And I guess we can break it up into two parts – what’s your favorite expensive and what’s your favorite less expensive go to wine? Ah, I guess for those who really like their wine – favorite reds and whites?

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  • Favorite white whine: “I had to walk.”

  • Concha y Toro ($8.99 for 1.5 liters at Yes Market)

    Target boxed wine ($15.99 [I think] for 3 liters).

    Yes, I am a real fancypants.

    • If you can stand being a little [$2] fancier, BlackBox boxed wine is quite a bit better than Target boxed wine.

      • Agreed – Black Box is my staple. I like the Shiraz for a red, and the Sauvignon Blanc for a white. Pinot Grigio is ok too. Also recently dropped in price from $19.99 to $17.99 at Harris Teeter!

    • Concha y Toro rocks! Also at Whole Foods for $8.99. Sadly though, it recently went up to 10.99 at the Whitelaw Market.

    • I like Bota boxed wine.

      (although my captcha is tylr)

  • Zolo Malbec! (helps that I visited the winery in Mendoza last year).

  • Hard to pick a favorite. It’s like cologne, it all depends what mood your in. Good champagne is always on top of my list. Goes well with whatever your eating.
    When it comes to reds I have really being enjoying carmenere reds. This grape is exclusive to Chile and the wine tastes great at a reasonable price.
    When it comes to whites I prefer them on the dryer side, but my gf has gotten me into reislings lately. Now that it’s getting colder can’t forget to mention Canadian ice wine. It’s not cheap but tastes yummy!

    Happy Friday popville!

  • I don’t know anything about wine. At all.

    But I know that Bagel and Deli in Oxford is super delicious.

  • My favorite white is Sancerre – it’s a little expensive, but worth it when you’re making a nice meal, etc.

    There’s a more affordable white called Sincerely, that is at least half the price of Sancerre and is very good.

  • I like earthy reds with a bit of spice. For good value and quality, go to southern France. Cotes du Rhone, Corbieres, Gigondas, and Minervois are delicious and readily available for less than $15-20. Oregon Pinot Noir is another favorite, but it quickly empties the wallet.

  • Cheap and sweet: Barefoot moscato (it’s like alcoholic juice)

    Other that that… anything with a nice picture on the bottle of that someone gifts me is a-okay.

    • yes–I was going to say Sutter Home moscato. I have crap taste in wine (raised on Manischewitz) and in music and I’ve just learned to embrace it. Although I just had a winter white from Michigan (forget the name now) that was REALLY good.

  • Pinot Gris…don’t know much about the source but I’ve seen that they generally come out of Oregon.

    One I really liked was Acrobat by King Estate

    • Agreed. Aldesheim Pinto Gris is da bom, under $20. Aside from that the $2 wine at Whole foods is totally fine by me.

  • Malbec is definitely my favorite cheaper wine. I <3 Trader Joes for wine too.

  • I usually stick to cheap wine so Carlos Rossi Paisano or chianti mmmmmmmmmmm. I tend to prefer Carlos to most expensive wines I’ve tried….

    My Grandfather who lived in Italy and usually had homemade wine always had jugs of carlos on hand.

  • jim_ed

    Mulderbosch from South Africa makes a fantastic Chenin Blanc and Rose. Great summertime wines.

    For reds, I’m a big fan of Cabernet Francs from Virginia. very earthy and smooth. Also Neil Ellis Left Bank is a blend red from South Africa that is just incredible, and I think we picked it up for $7 a bottle at world market. highly recommended

  • I’m all about dry red wine. To me white just doesn’t have that kick.

    My favorite grocery store wine is Gabbiano Chianti. It’s got an illustration of a knight on it.

    Other than that, I usually just go by which one has a label I like. I usually stick to dry Cabernets, Merlots or Shirazs.

  • Malbec Malbec Malbec. Whatever the price point, it’s delicious.

    I also really like a good Carignan. Odfjell (out of Chile) makes a fantastic one, and it’s probably my favorite wine ever.

  • Phew. I drink a lot of wine, but don’t really know anything about it other than it gets me drunk. After reading the comments I feel much better about my wine choices!

    There’s a $5 Moscato (can’t recall the name but there’s a picture of a rooster on the bottle) that I get at that Capitol Market (?) Grocery on 11th Street. Much like Ramtea said above, I think of it as ‘my juice.’ Otherwise I just pick whatever bottle has the prettiest label…

  • Reds: cab sauv, pinor noir, pinotage, or malbec

    White: sauv blanc

    Cakebread cabernet sauvignon–love it, but can’t afford it at $100+ per bottle.

  • I am in love with the Boordy Vineyard red wines. Their vineyard is up in Maryland around the Loch Raven reservoir. You can find their wines around DC and Baltimore. Great way to buy local, and a nice weekend day-trip if you want to do a tasting!

  • I will try just about any varietal, but I especially enjoy pinot grigio, cab sauv, and shiraz. Really not a fan of merlot.

    As far as specific vineyards, some of the vineyards in Virgina are a real treat. My favorite is Barboursville. They have a wide scope of wines and they are generally delicious. Some of the other wineries near Charlottesville are hit or miss.

  • Fongoli Sagrantino di Montefalco – great Umbrian (Italy) wine that pairs good with grilled meats or cured ham & cheese. If you are feeling spendy – their reserva is AMAZING (McAurthur Wine in Palisades has it)
    For U.S. – really like L’Cole No.41 (WA) or any Oregon Pinot Noir.

  • Any South African Pinotage
    And Corbeilles wines

  • My fall back red wine is Robert Mondavi Meritage. It’s $10 well spent.

  • Thierry and Guy FAT Bastard Cabernet or Shiraz

  • Also, Life Cry. You always know when you’re in for a good night when theres a polar bear bleeding on the label.

  • Red: Marques de Caceres Rioja Gran Reserva
    White: Marin Codax Rias Baixas Albarino (so yummy)

  • Resonable:
    White: Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc or Alamos Chardonnay
    Red: Alamos Malbec and Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon

    More expensive:
    Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc

    Boekenhoutskloof Cabernet Sauvignon (2006)

  • Someone else already mentioned this, but Trader Joe’s wine (Two buck Chuck) is actually pretty good for an everyday wine and you can’t beat the price (I think it’s at around $3.99 now).

    I also like mixed red wines (I’m forgetting the correct term for combining different varietals). Coppola’s Rossi and Middle Sister Rebel Red are my go to and they’re both under $10.

    I’m not picky about wine, so I don’t have an expensive choice.

  • I’ve never gone wrong with a malbec. I get an $8 bottle ($6 on sale!) at giant.

    I’ve had some fantastic tempranillos, and a couple really lousy ones, too.

    And PoP: Miami?! Who knew?? I didn’t have you pegged for an Ohio boy.

  • Domaine LeFlaive Puligny-Montrachet

    Diamond Creek Cabernet (Gravelly Meadows Vineyard)

    now, as to what I’ll perfectly happy with on an average Saturday night…

  • Red: Agua de Piedra Malbec – approximately $10 at Yes Market

  • Damn – we really are the 99%!

  • Anyone who knows me knows about my obsession with Willamette (“it’s ‘will-am-it,’ damn it”) Valley Pinot Noirs. And while I do enjoy the upmarket stuff, there’s plenty of good stuff that can be had on the cheap. For instance, Blackstone makes a damned good one for around $10 a bottle, and Francis Ford Coppola’s PN is as well surprisingly good for around $15.

    Other than sparkling ones, white wines are of course part and parcel of the International Socialist Conspiracy, and thus avoided. 😉

  • Oregon Pinot Noirs and Valpolicellas are my splurges ($20-30 range)

    Malbac is my house red. My favorite is Nieto. You can usually get between $8-$10.

    Sparkling, I like Christilano Cava ($8-$10) and St. Hilarie ($12-$15).

    Whites, I tend to go for Vioginers and Torrentes.

    In truth, I would love to bone up on Old World. Does anyone know of any course that focus on it?

  • @Kalorini – Another great local wine from Maryland is Fiore (

    Everything from there tastes fantastic! The Cab Sauv and the Cab Franc if you like a dry red, the Vidal Blanc for a dry white, then their Blush of Bel Air, Riesling and Vignoles all round out my favorites (and my partner’s, who joined their case club on one of our first few visits to the vineyard).

    And has anyone else tried Herding Cats? It’s a South African wine and their red is amazing!

  • Montepulciano D’Abruzzo is a good inexpensive Italian red wine that I learned to love in Rome.

    There’s a different Montepulciano (Nobile?) that’s way too expensive I’ve never tried.

  • At the recent wine tasting by I think Second Glass (?) my boyfriend and I loved the Angelini Sangiovese and Pergola Rossa. The Panarroz Jumilia Red was also awesome and I just bought a bottle at Schneider’s. I’m definitely more of a white drinker though and the Si Pinot Grigio (cool curved bottle) is pretty good, and so is the Angelini Pinot Grigio (although I can’t find it anywhere to buy…sad!)

    On a related note, I want to give a shout-out to Schneider’s for being awesome. Their staff is super knowledgeable and helpful, and when my boyfriend bought a Panarroz the other day that was terribly sour, they exchanged it no questions asked, and were incredibly nice. Prices aren’t bad either. I’ll definitely take the 10 min bus/bike ride there to buy wine from now on, because the selection and customer service are way better than (ugh) Safeway.

  • I could write pages about my favorite wines.

    I vote for or getting to know the staff at your local wine shop. The folks at Schneiders, Cork, and Weygandt are all great. It’ll help you learn what you like and where to get it.

  • Charles Shaw pinot grigio @ $2.99!!!!

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