Bogle 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.