Shopping Like its $19.99

Shopping like it’s $19.99 with Katie – Two great finds total exactly $19.99.

It may be shocking to hear that neither of my suggested wines this week were purchased on sale. Although I do really love a great sale, I can also appreciate an item that has been value-priced right out of the gate. That’s the case this week: these two bottles of wine brought me exactly to my limit of $19.99, and they were worth every penny.

First, I tried Concannon Vineyard’s 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon, Selected Vineyards, Central Coast, which retails for $9.99. I found this to be a very approachable Cab. For me, it has just the right balance between vanilla oak characteristics and fruit. This was the wine that I sipped while preparing my Christmas dinner last week and even though I wasn’t enjoying food with it at the time, I loved every sip of it. While we’re talking about value, I feel that I must mention how beautifully packaged this bottle of wine is. It is a hefty bottle with a stunning label and it looks like it costs much, much more than $9.99. In fact, I brought a bottle of it with me to a New Year’s Eve party earlier this week, and I don’t think that anybody there would have guessed what it truly cost. Ditto for the new jeans that I was wearing.

My second selection this week is the 2006 Oregon Chardonnay by Oak Knoll Winery in Oregon’s Willamette Valley , which retails for $10.00. Don’t let the name of the winery give you any false pretenses about their wine – ironically, this is an unoaked Chardonnay. This wine is right up my alley. The absence of oak brings out the Chardonnay characteristics in all of their glory: fruit and spice and a clean finish. We had house guests when I opened this bottle. It was a couple of weeks ago, actually, and we had just finished trimming our Christmas tree. While dinner was cooking, we opened this bottle of wine and found it to be pleasing to all of our palates. I guess you could say that it was a crowd pleaser…we had guests from Massachusetts, Ohio, and Illinois visiting our North Carolina home and everybody agreed that this Oregon Chardonnay, as my son used to say when he was younger, “Tasted like yum.” On the Oak Knoll website, they say that one of their goals is to consistently offer some of the best value wines in America. In my humble opinion, they’re doing just that with this $10 Chardonnay. If my house guests had asked that day about the price of the wine, I think that they would have been pleasantly surprised. A value, indeed.

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