Wednesday, April 13, 2016
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The key to getting a great deal with this code is finding good wines at reasonable prices. Wine.com's assortment differs by state, and the markup varies by wine. It's a fun treasure hunt that can result in a terrific deal on wine shipped to your doorstep - if you can find the right wines.
Just to illustrate how this can be tricky, take for example Michael David 7 Deadly Zins. It's a terrific value at around $10 (and readily available at local discounters) but Wine.com lists it for $21.99 in Texas. That's a terrible price - even with $30 off $100.
So here are 10 wines I'd recommend for someone shopping in Texas. I'm thinking of these for someone that, like me, gravitates towards juicy fruit forward reds but is looking to branch out given the season.
1. Bisol Jeio Prosecco Brut Rose
It might seem strange to start off a list of mostly red wines with a sparkling wine, but this one is a great way to start the evening with any crowd. At $17.99 before discounts it delivers on its price and then some. Read more...
Had this one at a Capital Grille event back in the day and it's served me well since. Just $11.99 (before discount!) - very good on its own and perfect for mimosas.
I had this the other nice with a spicy Sichuan dish. What a pairing! Appealing fruit for days balanced with just the right amount of acidity that makes it a pleasure to drink on its own or with food. No matter the vintage it hits the mark at a very reasonable price point. I like it so much I gave it a lifetime QPR achievement award.
Meiomi has been an amazing phenomenon. A reliable friend to share with friends. No fuss - just fruit forward, delicous California Pinot Noir. Some say this drinks more like a Zinfandel, and yes it's full bodied for a Pinot Noir. But it makes it a Pinot Noir that people who usually prefer bigger reds. $19.99 isn't a great price (I saw it at my local Costco for $14.99 recently). But with 30% off and free shipping (plus portal cashback) I think this is about as low as you can find Meiomi.
Notice how I listed the vintage on this one? Because it's important on Oregon Pinot Noir. 2012 was a tremendous vintage, and this one is one of my favorites. This bottling is a perennial favorite of Wine Spectator's but surprisingly this vintage seems to have gotten lost in the positive accolades of that vintage. "Just" a 91 from them but I thought it was better than that.
Along with Meiomi this is one of two wines I recommend most frequently for its outstanding quality to price ratio. Discovered it at the Capital Grille - loved it. Visited them in Spain - loved it even more. It's what the locals there drink and you should too. It's BIG but balanced. Be sure to give it some air - it improves amazingly over a few days on the counter. Surprising given its modest price.
Honig makes the top 10 list twice! There's a reason they're the one wine club I'm a member of. No Napa Cab more reliably hits the mark for me. It's the flavor profile I find so appealing for it's perfect combination of fruit and savory notes. At $42.99 before discount you can get this down to around $30 if you land just north of $100 for your total order. And $30 for a bottle of Honig is a square deal in my mind.
The folks at Borsao deliver tremendous value across the board. And this one at $14.99 in Texas is a perfect example at a very good price. Along with their interest in Alto Moncayo (not available in Texas from Wine.com) I'd put them at the top of my list of wineries to visit in Spain some day.
I haven't written about Cherry Pie Pinot Noir here on the blog. But I should. Soon. I've had a couple bottles and I've been impressed. There are two levels: Single vineyard wines (labeled as Cherry Pie proper along with the vineyard name) and an appellation wine. I may have initially dismissed these wines for the overly fruit laden label but they're actually tremendous wines. Think of this Cherry Tart bottling as the Meiomi of Cherry Pie's lineup. In fact - the whole project is strikingly similar to Belle Glos/Meiomi. $18.99 before discount for a wine comprised mostly of fruit from Rodgers Creek Vineyard? Sign me up. Read more about them here.
10. Miraval Rose
This is the Pitt-Jolie wine, and it's actually quite good. A nice crisp and elegant wine for enjoying on a warm afternoon. Read more...
Question of the Day: What Wine.com values in your state are you finding that work well with $30 off $100?