2 Buck Chuck
Now that we’re living on one salary, Papa and I have been looking for ways to save money. Our wine expenditure was one of the things we had to consider. Now, we like our wine, but we can’t afford expensive wine. Luckily, we are willing to sacrifice quality for quantity.
One way we save money on wine is by making our own. The wine we make is decent enough, but the best part is, it works out to about 3 bucks a bottle. We make ours in a shop—my father-in-law brews his at home and can produce a nifty little wine for about a buck a bottle. Our homemade vino is a perfectly acceptable everyday wine. When we’re having guests, or a special meal, we like to spring for a treat—a 12-dollar bottle of wine. Our very favourite is Yellow Tail Australian Shiraz. It’s only $11.95 and we like it better than many more expensive wines.
Another good, cheap red is Brindisi (15 bucks for a 2 litre bottle). It’s not a screw cap, either. If the huge bottle embarrasses you, you can decant it. I find that most people, even some who profess to be connoisseurs, can’t tell the difference between a 12-dollar and a 40-dollar bottle of wine. If your guests can, just try to distract them with the food and conversation.
Our newest great find is Unbuntu, a rich, fruity South African Shiraz—only $11.05! Let it breathe before you bolt.
My pick for white, and it’s great for a picnic in the park, is Vendange Chardonnay—$5.95 for a half-litre (great size for lunch) and it comes in a convenient tetra pak. The only thing that’s missing is a straw on the side. If you’re willing to spend a few more dollars, we love the Cave Springs Riesling.
The best advice I can give you is, if you find a cheap wine you love, buy as much as you can afford and put it away. I still recall, with horror, the summer everyone discovered Yellow Tail—the supply couldn’t keep up with the demand and there was nary a bottle to be found.
What are your favourite cheap wines? I’m always looking for a new bargain.
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