Premiumization be damned: $139.36 for 14 ½ bottles of cheap wine

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Look at all those bargains at Jimmy’s just waiting for us to buy.

It’s still possible to buy quality cheap wine for $10 a bottle

So what if the cheap wine news these days is about failure? The Wine Curmudgeon, undaunted by the obstacles of premiumization, perseveres. The result? 14 ½ bottles of quality cheap wine for less than $10 a bottle.

How is this possible? I followed the blog’s cheap wine checklist. It’s even more valuable today, when $15 plonk is passed off as inexpensive. So look for wine from less pricey parts of the world, wine made with less common grapes, and shop at an independent retailer who cares about long term success and not short term markups.

The retailer was Jimmy’s, Dallas’ top-notch Italian grocer – so the wines are all Italian. Here are the highlights of what I bought for less than $140, which includes a case discount but doesn’t include sales tax.

• A couple of bottles of the Falesco Est Est Est, $10 each. This white blend used to be $7 or $8, but it’s still a value at $10.

• A 350 ml can of the Tiamo rose for $5 – hence, the half bottle in the headline. There wouldn’t be an onus about canned wine if all canned wine was this well done, . Highly recommended.

• Banfi’s Centine red Tuscan blend, $10. The Centines (there is also a white and rose) are some of the best values in the world. This vintage, the 2017, was a little softer than I like, but still well worth $10.

Principi di Butera’s Sicilian nero d’avola, $10. This was the 2016, but it was still dark and plummy and earthy, the way Sicilian nero should be. Highly recommended.

• A couple of roses – a corvina blend from Recchia, $8, and the Bertani Bertarose, a $15 wine marked down to $8. Because who is going to buy a $15 Italian rose made with molinara and merlot? They were in similar in style – fresh and clean, with varying degrees of cherry fruit.

More about buying cheap wine:
Cheap wine checklist: $82.67 for a case of wine
Once more: A case of quality wine for less than $10 a bottle
Nine bottles of wine for $96.91

4 thoughts on “Premiumization be damned: $139.36 for 14 ½ bottles of cheap wine

  • By Noel - Reply

    The best thing I’ve tasted out of a can so far is the Chronic Bubbly. An honest .375 for $5-6, and it’s great. They do a rosé, too.

    • By Wine Curmudgeon - Reply

      Unfortunately, limited availability. But that’s the wine world these days.

  • By Rich Kinley - Reply

    I’ve been a customer of Eduardo Kroth in Briedel, Germany for nearly 40 years. They ship to Texas and other states.

    If you like spatlese and kabinett, you can get a case for around $150 including shipping.

    I usually buy a few bottles of auslese, which takes me up to $200 for a mixed case. Still a bargain for world class Mosel Riesling.

    http://Www.weinguteduardkroth.com

    • By Wine Curmudgeon - Reply

      Thanks for this. It’s not easy finding quality German wine in my part of the country.

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