Cheapest and Tastiest Wine

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

I don't know what you think about people saying we are in a recession, out of a recession, rebounding...etc. But, from my pocketbook, I can tell you, I have been in a depression, and I remain in one.  It's loads of fun! Regardless of the fact that I can't shop at my favorite stores right now, I have somewhat enjoyed the personal task I have set aside for myself: where to find the cheapest and most satisfying bottle of red wine.  After all, lets be honest, nothing helps this depression more than a bottle or two of wine.

Trader Joe's has a great selection of wine, but more importantly to me, they have the best price on the wine I already love:

Big House Red - learn more about the vineyard and check out their comical and brilliant marketing here.

  • Harris Teeter - $9.99- $11.99 (ignoring the fact that before Trader Joe's came to Wilmington it was $6.99...Oh Harlene! How could you let that happen?)
  • Whole Foods - $9.99
  • Food Lion - $9.29 (although last week it was priced in the isle as $6.49, and when the scanner brought up $9.29, the kind cashier gave me the $6.49 price...but, I don't think it will work again)
  • Trader Joe's - $6.99 
  • Total Wine - $5.49 (I live in Wilmington, NC, and we don't have this great store, but word on the street is that they have the best Big House Red)
Please note that at Harris Teeter you can get Big House Red in a boxed version (3L, I believe), but I think you can almost taste the plastic it is stored in.  Yet, again that could be because even though it's a depression, I still am a bit snobby about boxed wine.  I think it's $19.99.

I love this wine for many reasons.  One - it's a twist top (you can drink it anywhere!), and if you accidentally drink 2 bottles in one evening, you should be okay, because it's a light in addition to being tasty (not that I have ever done that before).  The main reason is the price and the taste - but, buy it at Trader Joe's.  I think it's worth $10, but why would I pay that when I don't have too!  And, if you want to know the best way to get around the traffic at Trader Joe's, just ask me - I know how to do it in less than 10 minutes.  No lie.  All you will have to give me is a bottle of Big House Red.


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