Price check: Wines for $10 or less
Note: The contents of this guide were checked for accuracy when this article was updated on Feb. 26, 2008 at 5:09 a.m. We continually update the thousands of articles on OnMilwaukee.com, but it's possible some details, specials and offers may have changed. As always, we recommend you call first if you have specific questions for the businesses mentioned in the guide.
Bar Month continues at OnMilwaukee.com with a new feature we call "Price Check." Each week, we check local watering holes, clubs, lounges, liquor stores and grocery stores to give you a comparison on the cost of your favorite libations.
In the final Price Check installment, we get away from the drink that made Milwaukee famous and look into the cost of a bottle of wine in the area.
There's no need to sacrifice quality for price. OnMilwaukee.com asked a number of local retailers what they carried for under $10. As always, the Talkback feature at the end of this story is here for you. Feel free to list your favorite bottle and where others can pick it up.
Sheridan's Fine Wines and Spirits
400 N. Water St., (414) 223-4900
Borsao Garnacha: $8.99
Elsa Bianchi Malbec: $9.99
Sauvignon Muscadet: $8.99
Waterford Wine Company
1327 E. Brady St., (414) 289-9463
Altos Malbec: $9.99
Los Planos Syrah: $9.99
12910 W. Bluemound Rd., Elm Grove, (262) 754-9463
Brownstone (various): $7.99
Evil Cabernet Sauvignon: $9.99
6955 S. 27th St., Franklin, (414) 761-1988
Pepperwood Grove Syrah: $9.29
Robertson Winery Sweet: $8.49
Ca' de'Medici Lambrusco: $10.29
5031 W. Oklahoma Ave., (414) 545-2175
919 Barstow St., Waukesha, (262) 547-7525
Borsao Garnacha: $7.99
Rosemount Estate: $5.99
Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc: $9.99
Pick 'N Save Metro Market
1123 N. Van Buren St., (414) 273-1928
Campanile Pinot Grigio: $9.89
Jacobs Creek Cabernet Sauvignon: $7.99
There are some very good $5 wines that can be found at Trader Joe's and also at Discount Liquor. And I'm not talking about crap you find in a box. Believing that you can only get good wines for over $10 will only make your wallet lighter and boost your ego. A favorite from TJ is Espiral's Vinho Verde which is an excellent light, everyday Portugese white wine perfect with fish. I guarantee anyone who tries it will be hooked. Spend $50 for a special occasion wine. I have bought plenty of decent everyday wines for less than $8 at Discount Liquors as well. Generally I buy Riojas or Tempranillos from Spain or Carmeneres from Chile which are great red wines. I learned while living there that you needn't spend more than $3 for a bottle of excellent wine.
2 Buck Chuck should be called 2 Buck Up Chuck. TJ's has some decent wines (desperate times call for desperate measures! ;-) ) but out of the last four bottles we got there 2 were corked.
Observer | Feb. 26, 2008 at 12:25 p.m. (report)
Fred Franzia has no ownership in Trader Joe's other than to supply some of their wine. It was founded by one of the owners of Aldi's however.
esygoing: I'm not kidding. You might be interested in knowing that a study was done recently where people thought they were getting a better wine just because the price was higher. The subjects were given the same wine, only one was marked at a higher price, while the other a lower price. Most people chose the higher priced wine was better in quality and better tasting -- yet they were the same wine. So don't be fooled by the price. You can get some awesome wines for $5 or less at Trader Joe's. But, hey, if you don't think so, be my guest ... pay the extra few dollars if you think it's worth it. I'm not stopping you.
Where do you get the under 5.00 price tag from. Esygoing did you read the story?
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