Good Wine, Bad Economy

April 9, 2009 "The Wine Goddess" Diana Hamann, says you don't have to skip the wine if you how to find a few value-oriented gems. She has some suggestions from her recently published "Cheap n' Good Wine List: 2009," available on the home page of


*Reginato Rose of Malbec, 2007, Mendoza, Argentina; $18.50

White Wine:

Burgans Albarino, 2007, Rias Baixas, Spain; $13.50
*Inama Soave Classico, 2007, Veneto, Italy; $14.50
Manciat Macon-Charnay, 2006, Burgundy, France; $19.95
Crios Torrontes, 2008, Cafayate, Argentina; $16.50
Mason Pomelo Sauvignon Blanc, 2007, California; $10.95

Red Wine:

*Delta Pinot Noir, 2007, Marlborough, New Zealand; $19.95
Colosi Nero d'Avola, 2007, Sicily, Italy; $13.50
Chateau d'Oupia Minervois, 2007, Languedoc, France; $10.50
*Marco Real Tempranillo, 2005, Navarra, Spain; $9.95
La Posta "Cocina Blend," 2007, Mendoza, Argentina; $14.95

* indicates Wine Goddess special pick

Top Tips for "Cheap n' Good" Wine Acquisition

You don't need to be rich to drink well; you just need to know how to buy wisely, says Diana Hamann.

  • Get to know your local wine merchant-- they're the very best tool for sourcing inexpensive gems--put them to work for you, it's their job!
  • Take advantage of all the free wine tastings at retailers around town-where you can actually taste before you buy. This is a great place to taste eclectic selections from far-flung, geographically un-locate-able appellations you might otherwise pass by. This is where the values are.
  • Take a wine class-- we offer a wine class called "Cheap n' Good Wines" at The Chopping Block
  • Start a tasting group with friends with themed tasting sessions such as "Under $15 and Fabulous!"
  • Check back to the ever changing "Cheap n' Good wine list" at
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