It’s after the holidays, but let me save you the trouble of wondering whether to buy really, really cheap wine next holiday season.
Have you ever been curious about really cheap wines? There’s the infamously cheap Trader Joe’s wine, Two Buck Chuck, that I could barely keep down when I sampled it a few years ago, so why did I want to try more cheap wine? My frugal nature, I guess. So, when my husband and I went to stock up on wine for the holidays, I couldn’t resist two chardonnays under $3.00.
Now, there is an okay-ish review for a $2.99 bottle of Down Under by Crane Lake on Cheapwineratings.com. The blog doesn’t review bottles under $5.00, but that one came along for review. I’ve had regular Crane Lake from California before, and it’s somewhat tolerable, but it goes for $4.99 a bottle in my town.
The two bottles I bought at the new Total Wine Superstore in Norwalk, CT Norwalk (which I mentioned on the TFF Facebook page) were: Pacific Peak ($2.39) and Double Dog Dare ($2.99). I am definitely not a wine snob. I typically drink your basic chardonnay. But these two bottles were just…terrible! I could tell by the vinegary smell when we opened the bottles. My husband suggested we let it “air.” No amount of “airing” would ever help these two products!
I couldn’t even find ratings for these two wines on Cheapwineratings.com.
This is where the difference between frugal and cheap come in. Frugal people make smart choices and don’t buy overpriced wine just to appear “in the know.” They buy affordable wine that’s enjoyable to sip and tastes pretty darn good. Cheap people make decisions that taste terrible and they may be happy as clams with the two wines above.
Well, I’m out $5 bucks, but I’ll never make that mistake again. We poured it down the drain; I wouldn’t even cook with those wines. I’ll stick to wines above $5 a bottle. But if you know of any great tasting wine for under $5 bucks a bottle, let us know in the comments below.