This week, I was at my local warehouse club, and I thought to myself, “It’s been a while since I’ve looked for a value wine here.” (I had a bad run a few years ago and I ended up with a number of corked bottles.) While I was there buying giant-sized packages of granola bars, kids’ vitamins, and Perrier, I walked through the wine display, quickly looking for anything under $10. The 2005 Leasingham the Rail Trail Riesling for $9.88 caught my eye because the marketing card on the case said something about being a great value for the money and because I’d yet to try a Riesling from South Australia. I opened the wine as I was preparing dinner (love the screw cap) and found the wine to be an okay value for the money. For my own palate, many of the whites that I’ve discussed here in previous weeks, at the same price point, were as good as or better than this wine. I’m not saying that I didn’t enjoy it, but it didn’t “wow” me, either. It’s got a very nice nose, with notes of pineapple and citrus, but I found the palate to be unmemorable. It wasn’t great, it wasn’t bad; it was an okay value for the money.

I spent $9.99 on my second wine this week – the 2006 Trentadue Grenache Rose . My husband and I actually have friends in Massachusetts with the last name of Grenache, and they have a daughter, who turns 3 on Sunday, named Rose. Really…but back to the business at hand. This is a beautiful wine, both visually and on the palate. The saturated color is stunning, the wine is dry and crisp, and the aroma and flavor that stood out most for me was strawberry. Spring has sprung, and I’m adding this wine to my list of patio sippers for the months ahead. For dinner, I paired this wine with a homemade ham, spinach and sun-dried tomato calzone. Fantastic! For the money, this is a great value!