CheapWineFinder Podcast

CheapWineFinder Podcast

Talking about remarkable wines that pair nicely with your wallet! Because we like to keep it cheap but excellent.


April 15, 2024 6 mins

Aldi California Heritage Merlot-The $4.99 Food Wine!

The California Heritage Series of wine from Aldi is the new KING of cheap wine.

Every wine in the line that I have tasted is better than its $4.88 price tag.

Forget 2 Buck Check, Forget Aldi's Winking Owl, Forget Aldi's Hwy 5 Wines, the California Heritage wine is the new cheap boss in town.

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Aldi's Specially Selected Napa Valley Chardonnay 2021-Aldi Is Killing It!

This is a $10.99 Napa Valley Chardonnay, big deal, right?

Napa is about place and people and this Chardonnay is Napa generic.

Is that Bad? No, not when the wine is $10.99.

It tastes like Napa and costs like California.

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Trader Joe's Reserve Rasteau Cru 2022-What Is A Rasteau?

This is a Trader Joe's $9.99 wine that just happens to have a Cru designation.

Cru is the top of French wine designations, in Bordeaux, there are First Growth wines, but in the Southern Rhone Valley, this is it.

TJ's does not give any info on this wine but it tastes like a GSM (Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre).

And the interplay b...

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Porto 6 Vinho Tinto 2021-Trader Joe's $6 Portuguese Red

Well actually $5.99, six-buck wine shouldn't taste this good, but it does.

Portuguese wine is interesting,  they do not care what the rest of the wine world is doing.

They do what is right for Portuguese wine.

Value-priced wine has always been a staple of Portuguese wine and they are very good at making it!

For all the inf...

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Juggernaut Sonoma Coast Chardonnay-Upscale @ A Value Price!

This Chardonnay is a brand from Bogle Family Vineyards a 6th generation winery from the Clarksburg AVA.

The Sonoma Coast AVA is a high-end Chardonnay and Pinot Noir AVA .

The wines from here can sell for $50 and up.

So this $15 Sonoma Coast AVA CHardonna y for BOgle Family Wines is special.

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Gruet Brut Rosé Sparkling Wine- The Best Champagne-Style Value Wine?

Yeah, Maybe it is.

It is hard to be definitive with wine because every year is a new harvest, but Gruet has been rocking the  Sparkling wine thing for years.

Then when you find out it is a French wine House with a New Mexico outpost the whole thing gets intriguing.

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Babs Santa Barbara Pinot Noir-Review-$16@Costco-$25 to $35 Elsewhere

I think I mentioned Thanksgiving when I meant Easter and am sure last year  I said Easter when I meant Thanksgiving.

I have no excuses for my failures.

This Pinot is a triumph, not a failure.

This is a legitimate taste of Santa Barbara or St. Babs, Pinot Noir! 

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Sunshine Bay Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc-Aldi-$7.99-Excellent

This sub-$10 Sauv Blanc is an Estate wine!

It is also delicious.

You can spend more for a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, but you do not have to!

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Trader Joe's Grand Reserve Russian River Chardonnay-A Seriously Good $12.99 Chardonnay

We have gotten used to Trader Joe's  Reserve wine over the years.

Sometimes they are remarkable bargains and sometimes they are puzzling.

This time it is a remarkable wine at a crazy value price.

A boutique Napa winery is involved with the bottling.

It tastes expensive, something is up!

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Kirkland Signature Sonoma Old Vine Zinfandel- Costco's excellent $10 Zin

The winemaker is  Zach Long who has worked at Kunde  Family Wiery for the last 10 years.

Kunde is a 5th generation winery that has been around for 117 harvests.

Zach is also involved with Vintage Wine Estates which has a first-class portfolio.

This Old Vine Sonoma ZIn has a strong resume.

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Kirkland Signature Friuli Grave Pinot Grigio-$5+Costco=Good

Should a $5 wine from Italy be this good?

I remember the days when sub-ten-dollar wines were an adventure.

Today, all bets are off.

Bargain wines are getting better and better.

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Aldi California Heritage Chardonnay-$5 Chardonnay For You And Your Mom

The California Heritage brand is Aldi's new $4.95 line of wines.

They do not drink like 5 buck wines.

This is a crowd-pleasing Chardonnay, it may be your $% go-to wine.

Wine snobs will hate it, but everyone else will be happy.

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Loudenotte Pays D'Oc Pinot Noir 2022-Trader Joe's $6.99 French Pinot

How can you sell a wine grown in southwest France and for sale in the US for less than $7?

It has always been a mystery to me. 

But value Trader Joe's wines have been around long enough to be a fact, not a mystery.

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Trader Joe's Reserve SLO County Chardonnay 2022- SLO=Real Good

This is a San Luis Obispo County wine, Paso Robles, Edna Valley, arroyo Secco, and San Luis Obispo Coastal AVA are some of the Central Coasts best.

This is a $9.99 New World Chardonnay is a crowd-pleaser wine.

SLO County is a "HOT" growing region that is producing sought-after wines.

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Trader Joe's Grand Reserve San Luis Obispo Coast Pinot Noir 2022-A $13 SLO Pinot Noir

San Luis Obispo County which included Paso Robles, Edna Valley, and Arroyo Secco AVAs got repositioned.

The San Luis Obispo Coast AVA was organized in 2022 and included Edna Valley and Arroyo Secco, these are some of the coolest temperatures AVAs in California.

Paso Robles, which is also inside San Luis Obispo Count...

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Epicuro Puglia Primitivo 2021-Trader Joe's $7 Italian Every Day Red

Is $6.99 too cheap for an imported Red wine?

The answer is NO!

This $6.99 wine from the Bootheel of Italy is a solid wine that drinks well.

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Aldi's California Heritage Brut Sparkling Wine- The Best $4.95 Bubbly?

We are named Cheap Wine Finder but we were always about the best value-priced wine, not the cheapest.

There is a major difference between the best and the cheapest.

Aldi came out with their California Heritage line of wines selling for $4.95 and we had no expectations.

But their Pinot Noir was more than drinkable, now th...

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Substance Cs Cabernet Sauvignon 2021- The Best $14 Cabernet Sauvignon?

This is a wine from the House of Smith or Charles Smith wines.

They produce wines that sell for $150 and get 100 points and they sell 90-point value-priced wine.

This wine received between 90 and 93 points for the 2021 vintage. 

I said in the podcast that if they sold this wine for 3 or 4 dollars more it would be a bargain, I ...

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Kono Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2023- A Conversation With Kono Winemaker Bruce Taylor Talking NZ Sauv Blanc and Much, Much, More!

Ok, You like New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, why wouldn't you?

But what do you know about those wines?

Well, let Bruce Taylor tell you about the usual NZ offerings and the esoteric.

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Aldi's California Heritage Pinot Noir-Aldi's New $4.95 Wine Brand!

I expected nothing from this $5 wine and I got more than I bargained for.

Is this a great wine? No. But is it well worth the price? Yes

I would not normally choose a non-vintage Pinot Noir, for a variety of reasons, but this $4.95 wine did just fine.

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