Just in time for the long weekend, the unofficial but kind of spiritual start of summer, we’re dropping a list of the best bargains of the year so far! Some of these you may have seen featured before, and some might look new to you, but one thing is for sure – they all get you THE MOST for your money in whatever price point they’re in.
We always do lists of 12, because 12 is a case and a case means savings! If you’d like to do a drinkers dozen (13) or more though the discount gets even better at 36 bottles (20%).
Jeremie Huchet Chapeau Melon Rouge 2020, France $13.99
I just wrote about this what like a week or two ago?? I still get giddy when someone buys it because I know they’re in for a real treat. The 2020 vintage is 100% Loire Valley Pinot Noir and Pinot just doesn’t get better than this under $15.
MeMo Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2018, Italy $14.99
Fun Fact: this was one of the original wines by the glass when Cinghiale first opened, and they’ve maintained that same level of quality while barely raising the price. We very much appreciate the fruits of their labor, and that they are able to offer such excellent pricing on such a stellar wine.
Rolly Gassman Pinot Blanc 2017, France $22.99
Textural resonance like you’ve never had before. This is classic Alsace, and it takes what is usually a C-list celebrity grape straight to the A-List. This is Pinot Blanc starring in Gone With the Wind. And it absolutely deserves its Oscar.
Domaine du Petit Clocher “Rosé d’Anjou” 2020, France $15.99
The best way I can think of to describe it, is like an addictive pop song for your mouth. You just can’t stop listening to it! Remember, in this case “listening” means “drinking.”
Carl Ehrhard Feinherb Reisling 2018, Germany $17.99
I still can’t get y’all to respect Riesling as much as you should (I say as I sip on a glass of Riesling). I’m not going to force you to jump into the deep end right away. Just start with this lil guy from Rheingau and work your way up! This is just barely off-dry
Michele Capdepon Cremant de Limoux NV, France $19.99
Another one of those wines Tony was like “you’ve got to get this” and I’m like “I’m sure it’s good but is it THAT good” and then it was. A reminder that if he takes the time to mention a wine by name, you should go find it ASAP.
Enderle & Moll Muller Thurgau 2019, Germany $21.99
Normalize drinking wines that sound like they are named after a European Chess Champion – Muller Thurgau. This is summer love in a bottle – glorious, unforgettable, and gone too soon. Multiple bottles will be needed.
Raventos i Blanc Blanc de Blancs 2018, Spain $23.99
I’m just going to say it – this is the best non-Champagne bubbly we have, and one of the very best out there. So precise, chiseled, with everything in its right place. One can always find an excuse to open a bottle of this, and it will always impress.
Can Feixes Negre Seleccio 2018, Spain $19.99
In the heart of Cava county, lies some Tempranillo and some Merlot that come together to make an outstanding red blend! Silky texture that combines classic Tempranillo notes of dill, leather, and dusty red cherry rounded out by Merlot’s roundness and poise. This is well worth a try.
Domaine Pillot Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2019, France $24.99
The best bargain in Burgundy that we have tasted in a long time. The vineyard is adjacent to the Mercurey zone in the Côte Chalonnaise. Fragrant and knock-out gorgeous, this is unadorned unoaked red Burgundy at its absolute finest.
Luigi Maffini Kleos Aglianico 2017, Italy $25.99
If you have asked for a non-specific red wine recommendation in the past few months, chances are one of us brought you to this wine. If you haven’t yet, this is your invitation to try it and get to know the Aglianico grape. Dark, a lil spicy with grippy tannins, this is full-bodied and full-flavored. This is essential stuff right here!
Dom Diogo Azal 2019, Portugal $13.99
If ever there was a wine that could bring together disparate groups of wine drinkers, this is it! Citrusy with a little spritz and a fun loving, ‘good times are here to stay” personality. Definitely a post-lockdown essential.
-BONUS WINE – They introduced a new rosé this year, Raza Rosé, and it’s slightly spritzy watermelony treat!