Four More Fab Wines to Try

Four More Fab Wines to Try

If you enjoyed my previous post on Summer Whites for Less Than $15, here are four more fabulous wines to try, all for less than $20.  As always, do let me know if you have other suggestions. I love trying new wines … and, well, there’s nothing like remodeling a house in 105-degree weather with a toddler at my side (see video below) to put me in the mood for un vaso de vino.

Lange Pinot Noir 2009 (Willamette Valley, Oregon)

This is the best pinot noir I’ve had in a long while, maybe ever. It is just about the only red I can stomach during the summer, and goes beautifully with cedar-plank grilled salmon. Expect to pay around $20.

Riondo Pink Prosecco (Italy)

Yes, it’s girly, but oh my gosh it’s good. Delicate, crisp, and fresh with red berry flavors and a nice fizz.  Even better: It was on sale this week at my local HEB for $10.98. I’m going back for more later today.

Mohua Pinot Gris 2009 (New Zealand)

This vineyard produces consistently good, affordable wines.  This pinot gris is crisp and fresh with pear, apple, and melon flavors.  If you’re tired of all the citrus in sauvignon blanc, this is a worthy alternative. Expect to pay between $15 and $18.

Taz Pinot Gris 2009 (Santa Barbara, California)

This one is listed as a “customer favorite” at my local HEB and I can see why.  It has a bit more punch than the Mohua Pinot Gris, but is similarly crisp and refreshing, with notes of pear and melon.  For $10.98, it’s a real bargain.

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10 Responses to Four More Fab Wines to Try

  1. Roselind Hejl August 5, 2011 at 10:27 am #

    Loved Jack on the job! He found the screw!

  2. Anna August 5, 2011 at 2:26 pm #

    Hi Marie,

    Glad I found your blog, and thanks for the wine reviews. I’m definitely going to try the Lange.

    • Marie H. Saba August 6, 2011 at 9:47 pm #

      Hello Anna! Likewise! I love your website ( Thanks so much for stopping by. Have you ever made biscotti? One of my all-time favorite cookies, and especially great for giving as gifts around the holidays … I’ll send you my recipe :) Look forward to chatting more soon. My best, Marie

  3. Jen Crowley (@CrowleyCoupledm) August 5, 2011 at 3:36 pm #

    pink prosecco? that sounds amazing!

  4. Roger Minor August 6, 2011 at 3:43 pm #

    Wente 2007 is a fantastic CA cab for under $20.

    • Marie H. Saba August 6, 2011 at 9:44 pm #

      Thanks Roger! They only carry the Wente chard at my local HEB. I am definitely going to keep an eye out for this cab though — next time I’m in a store with a little better selection. Thanks again, look forward to trying this one. My best, Marie

  5. Leigh Manning August 26, 2011 at 8:59 am #

    My husband wanted to try the Lange after reading your post, and we found it at Costco last week for $17.99. We haven’t tried it yet, but are looking forward to it. Thanks!

    • Marie H. Saba August 26, 2011 at 9:15 am #

      Thanks for the head’s up Leigh! Now that we are moving into our own house, I am definitely renewing my Costco membership. Is it lame to be excited about free samples and bulk shopping? Ha.


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