Bogle wins 2017 cheap wine poll

cheap wine poll 2017Bogle wins 2017 cheap wine poll, its third victory in four years; Columbia Crest finishes second

Is it time to retire the cheap wine poll and give Bogle the permanent trophy? That may be the case after the California brand won the 2107 cheap wine poll, its third title in four years.

Bogle garnered almost 38 percent of the votes; Washington state’s Columbia Crest was a strong second with 24 percent. California’s McManis, last year’s winner, was a distant third. This was the fifth time I’ve asked blog readers to pick their favorite cheap wine brand.

Turnout was lower this year, which probably helped Bogle given its name recognition and past success. The Columbia Crest effort was especially impressive given this is just the second year it has been part of the voting.

Barefoot, the most popular wine on the blog, finished seventh for the third consecutive year. Apparently, the people who come here to read about Barefoot don’t vote in the poll. We can probably thank our friends at Google for that.

Finally, Two-buck Chuck, the Trader Joe’s private label, finished last once again — something it has done every year. Does that prove that the wine’s popularity is based on its price and not its quality? I’m not sure there is any other way to interpret that kind of consistency.

This year’s results are below, and you can find the results for 2016, 2015, 2014,  and 2013 at the links.  The 2018 poll will return next year; maybe without Bogle. If you have any suggestions for brands to add, leave them in the comments.

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6 thoughts on “Bogle wins 2017 cheap wine poll

  • By Irene Sterling -

    We drink lots a La Vielle Ferme. Happily. Also Goats Do Roam. Your response?

    • By Wine Curmudgeon -

      The Goats du Roam does a nice rose, when I can find it in Dallas.

  • By karen -

    The trouble with this poll is that I only have regular access to Bogle, Columbia Crest, Barefoot and Two Buck Chuck. I have seen McManis on occasion but the rest – no. And I’ve been looking, based on your recommendations over the years and others. So it’s kind of unfair to the other brands – can’t vote for them if I’ve never had the opportunity to try them.

    • By Wine Curmudgeon -

      Welcome to the world of availability, in which I can buy all 10 of these wines in three or places in Dallas. Until we make wine just like any other consumer good, this will happen. And happen. And happen.

      And there is not a thing I can do about it, except try to find wines that might be available.

  • By Khris -

    Bogle is a worthy winner, the Essential Red, Old vine Zin and Merlot are always superb. Though my personal favorite is the Columbia Crest Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. The cab is our “house” wine for $8/bottle and the Syrah is hard to find but my favorite value bottle out there. I also find good value with Hogue and 14 Hands, though Hogue is probably a bit tougher to find. I’d also be interested to see how a Gnarly Head, Woodbridge or Two Vines does in this poll.

    • By Wine Curmudgeon -

      Thanks for the suggestions. I have considered adding Woodbridge, and could do it next year. They do a decent job.

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