Earlier I wrote “Life is too short to drink cheap wine.” What I should’ve written is “Life is too short to drink bad wine.” There are just too many wines of good quality that won’t break the bank. I’m talking about wines in the 10 to 15 dollar range. Wines you would not think twice about opening during the week. In other words, a good house wine.

Here are my current favorite best buys:

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2010 Dry Creek Vineyard, Heritage Zinfandel Sonoma County, $15 (left). 2009 Maggio Zinfandel Lodi Old Vine, $10 (found exclusively at World Market).

Here’s a list of some good wine bargains:

  • 2009-2010 Ancient Peaks Zinfandel Paso Robles, $15.
  • 2011 Louis Jadot Beaujolais – Villages, $10 (France).
  • 2009 Terra D’ Oro Zinfandel Amador County, $12.
  • 2010 Kaiken Malbec, $13 (Argentina).
  • 2010 Yalumba Shiraz Viognier, $12 (Australia).
  • 2010 Byron Pinot Noir Santa Barbra County, $15.
  • 2010 Nobilo Icon Pinot Noir, $14 (New Zealand).
  • 2010 Katherine Goldschmimdt Cabernet Sauvignon Crazy Creek Alexander Valley, $14.
  • 2010 Bogle Old Vine Zinfandel California, $11.
  • 2011 Gnarly Head Pinot Noir California, $12.
  • 2010 Seven Falls Cabernet Sauvignon Wahluke Slope, $12 (Washington State).
  • 2007 Querceto Chianti Classico Reserva, $14 (Italy).

Enjoy!!

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