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Old 05-17-2011, 11:29 AM   #1
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Please give me the name of good one that is fairly cheap but tastes great!

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Old 05-17-2011, 11:37 AM   #2
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I'm partial to Yellowtail, Australian wines. Very good and the prices is right, under $10 USD most of the time.

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Old 05-17-2011, 12:05 PM   #3
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I reckon it depends on one's taste. I like wine that is fruity but not overly sweet or dry.
I must admit that I am partial to the Duplin Winery products. There ain't nothing fancy about their wine. It just suits my taste. I tried for many years to develop my palate and it has helped somewhat. Most times I just want to drink a wine that I enjoy without have to reach back in my mind to detect a subtle fruitiness with a trace of oak, and so forth.
As always, this is strictly my humble opinion and, as they say, YMMV.
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OP's question is way too broad. There is no simple answer. I'm wondering if OP is from a culture different than USA?
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Old 05-17-2011, 12:29 PM   #5
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"Fairly cheap" and "tastes great" are completely subjective terms. I like dry reds with a lot of body. You may not. My idea of fairly cheap is under $20. Yours may be under $10.

Can you try and narrow it down a bit? Do you have a preference for white or red? Sweet or dry?
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Old 05-17-2011, 12:54 PM   #6
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Well the idea is you guys could give me your names and i could go out in the market and try those. Anything under $20 is a reasonable price for me. I would prefer red and i am not a big fan of sweet wines either.
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Old 05-17-2011, 01:00 PM   #7
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Try Ravenswood Red Zinfandel (not white zinfandel)
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If you are a wine novice, then you might do well to start with wines that have a fruity profile, such as Beaujolais. I'm NOT referring to that swamp water that's marketed every November as Beaujolais Nouveau, but to the basic Beaujolais Villages. They're very tasty, not so tannic, fruit forward, food friendly wines from the southernmost region of Burgundy in France. Price point is generally between $12 - $20.

Another good value is Argentine Malbec, although that tends to be more tannic.

For whites, there are some lovely, easy drinking whites from Spain (Rueda, Albarino, Godello) Italy (Gavi, Vernacchia di San Gimignano, Verdicchio) France (Chinon, Rhone blends) as well as Washington State Rieslings that you might like to explore.
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Old 05-17-2011, 01:33 PM   #9
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If you like dry reds, one of my favorite "go to" wines lately is the 2007 Louis M. Martini Cabernet Sauvignon (either Sonoma or Napa - they're both good). It runs $12-14 and is available everywhere.
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Old 05-17-2011, 01:47 PM   #10
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I think that what you need is the name of a good vendor with a large inventory in your area. Too many variables in your question. Availability in your area, your intended use, time of year, all contribute to the decision. There are a lot of good wines in the under $20 range.
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