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$8 Is Enough: Budget wines for the times

In Drink on March 23, 2009 at 5:36 pm

nero d'avola

The other day I got an email from my friend Jill, who was on a quest to find good wine for $8/bottle or less to drink midweek. The truth of the matter is there is some really good stuff out there that won’t break the bank, so for the foreseeable future, I’m going to try to call out a bottle each Monday for $8 or less. While these won’t taste like $50 bottles, they might fool you into thinking there were at least $25, which is kind of like tripling your investment!

2006 Arancio Nero d’Avola, $7.99

I discovered this Sicilian red at K&L Wine Merchants in Hollywood, and it has fast become a weeknight favorite. Made from the nero d’avola grape, it’s surprisingly elegant and smooth for the price, with sort of plummy peppery flavors. Great with pork or other grilled meats.

  1. Thanks. This will be VERY helpful!!

  2. great! we’ll have to plan a day trip up to hit K&L. Love that there will be more recs every week- would love some ideas for trader joe’s and bev mo which are both in my hood.

    ps- dan says now that you have his ‘habit’ covered you should post recs on cheap shoes – ridiculous man

    • Totally – Trader Joe’s will be featured frequently and ditto on BevMo! In fact my friend Wilfred is the wine buyer for BevMo – maybe I’ll hit him up for recs!

  3. Well, honestly, nero d´avola? i would go for a Zinfandel (silver peak, 2006 napa county) or blend cab sau, syrah, zinfandel (Heavyweight, 2006 also napa.) it should be possible to find cheaper that 8 $, and such great, harmonic products, i served silver peak to wild boar the other night and it complimented the boar fantasticly.

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