This week, I’ve found two wines that together total $19.98 – just one penny under budget. I stopped by the newest wine shop in my neighborhood, Vaso de Vino Wine Market in Asheville, NC. This is a wine shop and wine bar, and although I didn’t stay long enough to enjoy a glass of wine at their beautiful bar, I did have time to meet one of the owners, Richard Prochaska. Richard was very helpful and really knows a lot about international wines; admittedly this is not one of my strong points, but I’m learning.

For my first wine, I chose the 2007 Nobilo Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand, on sale for $11.99. This was a great buy! This wine has a fruity nose followed by lots of ripe fruit on the palate – I’m talking citrus, passionfruit, melon, guava, and even lemongrass. There’s a mineral quality about it, too, that prevents it from tasting too sweet; the finish is clean and crisp. I loved it!

I chose my second bottle because the label caught my attention. The 2005 Mad Housewife Chardonnay from California was on sale for $7.99 and was marked as a great value. The label features a 1950s-style housewife in a pink dress, holding a spatula. The back label features what I’ll call a “housewife affirmation” that brought a smile to my face. Comedy does get my attention; the fact that I am a stay-at-home mom meant that this was comedy to which I could relate! The big question was, is this just a gimmick, or is the wine good, too? The wine was good; yes, it was. Apple and pear on the nose led to more of the same on the palate in addition to melon, oak, and a creamy finish. This was better than I expected for $8, but I suppose that I shouldn’t be surprised any longer to find such great value wines under $10!