I found both bottles of wine this week on sale at Cost Plus World Market.

The first bottle that I tried this week was the 2006 Michael David 7 Deadly Zins, from California. It was on sale for $12.99, a $4 savings off of its usual price, so I jumped at the chance to use it here. I hadn’t tried it yet, but had heard about it, and I was happy to see it priced for this column. This fabulous Zin did not disappoint. According to the label, “Seven of Lodi’s Best Growers gave their souls to produce this one of a kind sinful blend of seven old vine deadly zins.” This wine is quite a “meeting of the vines,” as you might say. Berries and spice are on the nose, leading to just the right balance of fruit and oak. I paired this with my first pot of chili of the season, and it was comfort food (and drink!) at its best!

The second bottle that I tried this week was the 2007 Indaba Chardonnay, from South Africa, on sale for $6.99. This is a crisp, fruit-forward Chardonnay, which delivers flavors of citrus, apple, peaches, and vanilla. I’ve tasted a lot of under-$10 wine recently, and this Chardonnay was one of the most memorable for me, especially considering just how under $10 it was! I believe that this wine is very food-friendly. I enjoyed it with a chicken and fettuccini in a creamy pesto sauce, and it really was a terrific pairing. I did some research on this wine and found that world-wide sales of Indaba wines help fund the Indaba Scholarship, which was established to help make wine education available to South African students who might not otherwise have that opportunity. A value wine that tastes great and supports education…it sounds too good to be true. Fortunately for us, it’s not!