It's wine and cheese week in Questionland and someone has asked: What's your favorite cheap wine?
One of our featured experts, Julia Wayne of Edible Seattle, says:
I am a rosé girl myself. And since it's summer-ish time in Seattle, it's a great wine to bring to a barbecue, a dinner party, or as a hostess gift. One of my favorites is an M. Chapoutier Belleruche Cotes-du-Rhone. You can pick it up at Whole Foods for about $8. It's light-to-medium bodied and is very refreshing and drinkable. Another cool thing about it is that the label has braile on it as a tribute to Maurice Monier de La Sizeranne, the late and original owner of Chapoutier’s Hermitage vineyard as well as the inventor of abbreviated Braille. As the website says, “The trademark pays tribute to this man but also expresses the desire to reach out to and include all people with sight-impairments, lovers of good wines…”
Other great inexpensive wines include Le ferme julien rosé, which I buy at Trader Joe's for around $7 and the Trentino Lagrein, which is an easy red wine I buy at Ballard Market for about $12. When in doubt, go foreign. Chances are, your friends may have heard of a cheapo domestic wine, like Charles Shaw, but may not have heard of the European version of it.
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