Wine by the Dollar

A few weeks ago, Bill Daley profiled Carolyn Evans, author of “Good, Better, Best: A No-Nonsense Guide to Popular Wines” in the Chicago Tribune.  I ripped the piece out, set it aside, and forgot about it – until tonight.

Next week I’m having a few friends over for spring cocktails and so I began the clean up of “the good enough apartment” tonight.  I started with reorganizing the piles of papers and – voila! – treasures like this article found!

In “Good, Better, Best: A No-Nonsense Guide to Popular Wines“, Carolyn Evans helps real people like you and me figure out the best wines to purchase at different price points.  Looking for a good Chardonnay under $10? She suggests Columbia Crest Two Vines ($8).  Or how about an inexpensive Pinot Noir? Mark West Pinot Noir Sonoma County apparently fits the bill. Actually, I can vouch for that one personally – yum!

Good, Better, Best: A No-Nonsense Guide to Popular Wines” will be added to our bar shelf and I suggest you do the same.  In the meantime, check out Carolyn’s Web site here or follow her on Twitter by clicking here.

The Trib article included Carolyn’s Top 10 “Must Try” wines available under $15.  That list includes:


1. Cavit Collection Pinot Grigio Delle Venezie, Italy; $7

2. Columbia Crest Two Vines Chardonnay, Washington; $8

3. Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Riesling, California; $12


4. Black Box Cabernet Sauvignon, California; $22 (for 3-liter box)

5. Gabbiano Chianti, Tuscany, Italy; $9

6. Mark West Pinot Noir, Sonoma County; $10

7. Bogle Petite Sirah, California; $10

8. Penfolds Koonunga Hill Shiraz Cabernet, South Australia; $11


9. Korbel Brut California Champagne, California; $9


10. Sutter Home Family Vineyards Moscato, California; $6

So, do you have any to add to the list? Share with the rest of us!

Thanks for reading Bright- Yellow!


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