DRINK MORE WINE. HAVE MORE FUN.
This self-proclaimed neighborhood sommelier is a connoisseur of the $8, or less, bottle of wine found at your local grocery store, bodega or corner store. Because sometimes you just gotta be cheap and easy.

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One day…
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Gato Negro Sauvignon Blanc 2012
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Louis Jadot Beaujolais-Villages 2011
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Alamos Chardonnay 2012
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Silver Gum Shiraz 2012
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How do you pronounce “sommelier?”
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Anakena Carmenére 2011
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Silver Gum Chardonnay 2012
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Alamos Malbec 2013

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One day I will own a set of all these glasses. Or maybe I’ll just spend my money on wine and drink it out of my collection of mismatched, orphaned sets of Ikea glasses that I’ve collected over the years. Also, this graphic has good information. Dropping that wine knowledge.

Louis Jadot Beaujolais-Villages 2011

Splurge-y
France
$9.99
My last experience with a Beaujolais left me never wanting to drink it again. That was over 10 years ago when I was living in Hong Kong and the “Nouveau” variety of Beaujolais was a popular French global export. At that time the cheap mass-market brand that I drank was fake-sweet, sticky-sweet, gross-sweet.

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Alamos Chardonnay 2012

Mendoza Argentina
$7.99
S mooth like buttah and then crisp. It snaps shut on your mouth like a Venus-flytrap when it’s caught its prey. But then mellows with a slightly alcoholic finish.  A little light for my tastes. But I’m a loud and overbearing type. Aromatic herbal notes, almost flowery but not too sweet. Still, I’m giving whites a fair shot.

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Silver Gum Shiraz 2012

South Eastern Australia
$6.99
Another wine from Silver Gum. This winery appears to make very drinkable wines… and the price is right! I came across them on sale but I can’t imagine they’d cost too much more.

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Anakena Carmenére 2011

Rapel Valley, Chile
$7.99
Of course I know that it’s not supposed to make a difference between a twist cap and a cork but there’s just something about popping a cork on a bottle of wine that I love. And despite the fact that this wine has a twist cap, I had a pretty good experience with it.

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Silver Gum Chardonnay 2012

South Eastern Australia
$6.99
I ‘m making an effort to try more white wines, which are not typically my favorite. I’m such a wine racist!

It’s just that some whites have this musky, skunky flavor that I do not currently enjoy. But I will drink on, on a mission to find the white wines that will satisfy my tastes. But who knows, maybe I’ll develop a palate for skunky white wines. That’s the beauty of exposing yourself to new and different things.

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Alamos Malbec 2013

Mendoza Argentina
$7.99
Tonight I’m having a very full-bodied Argentinian Malbec  paired with Hawaiian sweet rolls ($1.49) and buttery soy spread as I prepare my dinner. I know it’s not the classiest combo but they’re two of my favorite things. The bold wine is a nice contrast with the sweetness of the bread. Well, I thought so anyway.

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