As a consumer who has purchased cases of Charles Shaw "Three Buck Chuck" wine from Trader Joe’s, I was certainly willing to give a couple of bottles of Winking Owl – available only at Aldi for a mere $2.89 – a taste test. And since Saturday is National Wine Day, here’s my "two cents" on the bargain vino.
I was skeptical at first because the wine is made by Gallo, which is one of my least favorite cheap wines – second only to Boone’s Farm. Both were repeat culprits in sloshy high school drinking experiences and even their labels make me wince. (And, simultaneously, crave Duran Duran songs.)
Conversely, Winking Owl's label is very appealing. In fact, it's possibly the most adorable wine label I've ever seen. And that's important to those of us who don't have bathtubs of knowledge when it comes to wine. We pick by price, recommendation, intuition and the label.
I bought a few bottles of Winking Owl wine: chardonnay, merlot and shiraz. There’s also a cab sav and a pinot grigio. Like Charles Shaw wine, I found all three of them to be a very drinkable. They were also a little watery, but The Shiraz – which was particularly good – had the most body.
I would certainly buy Winking Owl again, but before I do, I must get to the bottom of my latest burning question: do owls wink?