By John ~ April 10th, 2009.
A few months ago, I saw a list of America’s most popular restaurant wines that was published in a post on the popular wine blog, Vinography:
- Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay
- Beringer Vineyards White Zinfandel
- Cavit Pinot Grigio Italy
- Sutter Home White Zinfandel
- Inglenook Chablis
- Ecco Domani Pinot Grigio Italy
- Yellow Tail Chardonnay Australia
- Copperidge Chardonnay
- Yellow Tail Shiraz Australia
- Franzia Winetaps Vintner Select White Zinfandel
Are you as shocked as I was when you read this list? Three White Zins. Only one red wine. I have a hard time envisioning any of our readers rushing out to buy these and especially not at restaurant prices. While the average retail price of these wines is only $6.50, restaurant customers buying these wines are paying two to three times that amount and buying these wines by the truckload. Unbelievable!
If you have been buying these wines, I won’t tell anyone; but let me make a couple of suggestions:
- If you have to buy them, don’t buy them at a restaurant.
- Broaden your horizons. Try more different varietals, both red and white.
- Try some of the wines I’ve listed below. They are excellent wines that retail for $10 or less:
|2005||Concannon Central Coast||California||Cab Sauv||$9.00||4||5|
|2005||Columbia Crest Gr Est||Washington||Merlot||$9.00||4||5|
|2004||Penfolds Koonunga Hill||AUSTRALIA||Shiraz-Cab||$7.99||4||5|
|2003||Columbia Crest Two Vines||Washington||Shiraz||$6.67||4||5|
|2007||Nobilo Reg Collection Marlborough||NEW ZEALAND||Sauv Blanc||$8.75||4||5|
|2007||Barnard Griffin Rose of Sangiovese||Washington||Rose||$10.00||4||5|
|2005||Michele Chiarlo Nivole||ITALY||Moscato d’Asti||$9.95||4||5|
In these tough economic times, more and more of us are buying less and less wine at restaurants, and instead buying a bottle at a wine shop and taking it home to drink with our meal and/or sip by a fire. But if you still plan to have wine when dining out, you might want to refer back to our Ordering wine at a restaurant post for some helpful tips.
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