Budget bottles - Metro US

Budget bottles

Whoever said “life’s too short to drink cheap wine” never received one of my post-holiday credit card bills. While my neighbour is having issues letting go of his outdoor light display; Christmas is over and the reality of how much I spent is starting to sink in fast.

It seems to be the same for most of you because my email in-box is full of requests for budget conscious bottles that can deliver the goods without costing a small fortune.

Thanks to an ugly exchange rate, Californian wines have historically been higher-priced here in Canada. Things have been balancing out over the last few years and there are tasty deals to be had from The Golden State.

Though blended from different vintages, the wines from Barefoot Cellars are all decent drops with the Sauvignon Blanc ($9.95 – $11.99) getting my vote for one of the smoothest, freshest whites under $12. It’s a great match for salads, seafood and dishes with a bit of heat.

Over in Italy, Farnese’s 2008 Sangiovese ($7.55 – $10.99) is a steal from the Farneto Valley in Abruzzi. Full of ripe cherry, plum and cedar wood, it’s a price-fighting red perfect with rigatoni and mushroom topped pizza.

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