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Wine fans know that the quest for great “bang for your buck” bottles is more about fun than finances.

Wine fans know that the quest for great “bang for your buck” bottles is more about fun than finances. In fact, I’ve always said spending $100 on a wine is easy — finding one that tastes like it does for next to nothing is the challenge.

Ground zero for tasty quality juice at rock bottom prices is Argentina. I was there this past spring so I can testify to that fact as an expert witness with the wines from Finca Flichman as perfect evidence.

I tried a variety of different styles with Chief Winemaker Luis Cabral de Almeida and his introductory wines offer terrific value — particularly the 2007 Misterio Malbec ($7.95 – $13.95), which has the dark red fruit flavour and tongue-tingling pepper of a much more expensive malbec. Spain — the original Latin land of wine — also offers plenty of bargain vino with Castillo de Monséran’s 2008 Garnacha ($8.95 - $10.99), a smooth, ready to drink red with soft black cherry and ripe, sweet berry fruit.

 
 
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