Shopping Like its $19.99

Shopping Like it’s $19.99 with Katie – Anything but Ordinary

This week, I decided to try a wine that’s completely different from any other that I’ve discussed here in past weeks. It’s different because it’s made in Michigan — that’s right, Michigan.

Off topic, Michigan is where Tom “Terrific” Brady went to college. If you read my posting from a couple of weeks ago, pre-Superbowl, you’ll know that I was rooting for the Pats. I’m still nursing a broken heart. Baseball spring training has begun, however, so I’m looking towards another exciting season and you know who I’ll be watching…the Red Sox. Anyway, how did I get here? Oh, yes, Michigan wine.

Shady Lane Cellars located on the Leelanau Peninsula in Suttons Bay, Michigan, produces many different varieties of wine and I was fortunate enough to find one of their wines on sale last week for $9.75, which meant that I could try it and discuss it here.

The 2004 Serenity is a blend of 70% Vignoles and 30% Chardonnay. Vignoles is an American white wine grape variety, most commonly found in the northeastern and midwestern sections of the United States. I’d never tried a Vignoles before, but the wine was very enjoyable. This medium-bodied wine presented lots of fruit on the palate, and also vanilla and some subtle oak. If you’re looking for something that’s “off the beaten path,” this is an excellent choice.

And, speaking of out of the ordinary, let’s talk about the 2006 Big House Pink, which was on sale this week at Cost Plus World Market for $8.99. This is a wonderful rose that’s a blend of the following varieties: Sangiovese, Carignane, Syrah, Zinfandel, Grenache, Mouvedre, Barbera, Tempranillo, and Petite Sirah. This is a visually beautiful wine; the color is saturated and joyful. The flavors do not disappoint!

It’s lightly sweet, crisp and refreshing, and the many different varieties in its composition make it very, very flavorful. With spring just around the corner, I’ll make sure to stock up on this wine so that I will have plenty on hand as the days grow longer and warmer. It will make a great sipping-on-the-deck-at-dusk wine.

My total this week was $18.74 for two value wines that were suprising in all the right (wonderful) ways!

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