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If your like me, you enjoy a glass of wine every now and then! What I don’t enjoy however, is how much most wines costs. With that said, searching out inexpensive wines that we like to drink is always on my list of things to do. Keeping track of what we like and how much is costs enables us to make better choices when we are buying a bottle just for us, or buying a bottle for entertaining.
My husband and I are mostly a red wine drinkers. I am partial to cabs, while he is partial to Petite Syrah. I am also an avid Prosecco drinker, so you will also find my recommendations for Prosecco here as well. If you are looking for white wine recommendations, my sincere apologies. I am not a white wine drinker, and didn’t feel that I could offer recommendations on something I don’t drink.
A few things before offering my recommendations:
- Keep in mind that all pallets are different and I am not a wine expert.
- I have tried all of these wines myself. Most of them I keep on stock in my house on a regular basis.
I’m just a mom who likes a glass of wine with dinner! What I might enjoy, you may not, and vice versa. But if you are looking for some good everyday wines to try, check these out:
JLohr Seven Oaks – $17 – Cabernet Sauvignon – This is one of my favorite wines. I love JLohr wines. If you ever have a chance to visit the vineyard in Paso Robles, you should! It’s a little on the pricey side for an everyday wine, but a nice treat when you’ve had a rough day!
Robert Mondavi Private Selection – $13 – Cabernet Sauvignon – Robert Mondavi has a wide selection of wines and various price points. I was able to get this bottle for $7.99 on sale, with additional savings (see below). Their 2014 cab is great pick for the price. It’s smooth and easy to drink.
Menage a Trois – $10 – California Red Wine – Blend of 45% Zinfandel, 35% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon – This is one of our ‘go-to’ everyday wines. We usually keep at least a bottle or two in the wine fridge in case a glass of red wine sounds good with dinner.
Sterling Vintner’s Collection – $13 – Cabernet Sauvignon – The Sterling wine has a nice flavor, once it opens up. I was able to get this bottle for $7.99 on sale, with additional savings (see below). This is one that is on my ‘regular’ list, especially at the lower price point!
Chariot Gypsy – $5 – Found at Trader Joes – Blend of Merlot, Syrah, Zinfandel and Petite Sirah – We found this wine quite a few years ago around the holidays at Trader Joes. We bought a case of it at the time, because you never know who is going to show up at your house around the holidays! Since we don’t shop at Trader Joes on a regular basis, it’s usually not on-hand regularly, but still a good choice and inexpensive!
Apothic Red – $11 – Red Blend – Zinfandel, Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon – We like this one because it has a bold flavor. It’s very fruit forward and goes great with a good steak!
Before we dive into the Processo’s that I LOVE, let me say that I am not a fan of sweet wines, and this includes Prosecco. So if you like your Prosecco sweet, be advised that these may not be what you are looking for. Though, I would, of course, suggest you try them yourself to be sure!
Kirkland – $7 – Kirkland Prosecco, by far, is my favorite. At only $7/bottle, it can’t be beat. It tastes very similar to my second favorite, which is Lamarca. I almost feel like it’s Costco bottling Lamarca, it’s that close. The only way to buy it, however, is at Costco!
Lamarca – $19 – If you don’t have a Costco membership, I would suggest Lamarca, for the taste, however it is a little on the pricey side at $19/bottle.
Ruffino – $13 – Ruffino would be my next best pick after Lamarca. I tried this one specifically for this blog post (I know! Tough job!) and found it to be very good. It will definitely be working it’s way into my rotation of Prosecco that I drink!
Valdo – $12 – Typically, if a restaurant doesn’t have Lamarca, they will have Valdo. I have never actually purchased this one, but have had it at restaurants and it’s good as well. The price point on this one is in between Kirkland and Lamarca.
Stellina Di Notte – $12 – The Stellina Di Notte is another Prosecco that I tasted specifically for the blog. I was pleased with this one as well! It’s similar in taste to the Valdo.
Mionetto – $11 – I have only had Mionetto a few times, but did like it alot. It has a better price point at $11 which is always nice.
As you can see, it’s difficult to find a Processo that is under $10/bottle. Kirkland is really the only one, and in my opinion is the best.
Quick Prosecco Tip:
Did you know that you can save your bubbly for longer in the fridge? These champagne stoppers are not only good for champagne! They keep your bubbly bubbly longer!
Other Money-Saving Tips
- Check Costco or Sams Club – many times they will have these same wines for cheaper, or better wines for the same price
- If you have a Safeway or Vons in your area, shoppers receive 10% off of their alcohol purchase when you purchase 6 bottles. You can combine wine and hard alcohol.
- Ibotta – I wrote about Ibotta in a previous blog on how to save money each week. One of the things that I love about Ibotta is that it offers money back for alcoholic beverages as well. That includes wine, beer and hard alcohol. Click here to read the article. Sign up for Ibotta here:
Combining multiple ways to save is your best way to get the best pricing on wine. I typically use my Safeway club card, combined with Ibotta when I can. Getting the discount AND the cash back is usually how I save the most money
I am curious to know if you try any of these wines, and what you think of them! Leave me some comments below and let me know if you agree or disagree with my suggestions. Others would appreciate it, I’m sure. In addition, if you have a wine that is YOUR favorite that you would like to share, leave that in the comments below! I promise to try it and let you know my thoughts!