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Party wines (Part 2)

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Well, the holidays are behind us, the traffic is not as bad and the Giants won the Super Bowl; so let's get back to the subject of "party wines".

During the past few weeks I have taken a survey and when the term "party wine" is mentioned most people seem to jump to the word, "cheap". I can understand that but whenever I think of party wine, I think "good". No one wants cheap wine but they do want inexpensive wine that tastes good.

It's all about taste where wine is concerned, and if you have good wine that doesn't cost a lot; well then, you have a party! During these past weeks I have also visited a few of Charlotte's wine establishments, just to check out what wine might qualify for our interpretation of a party wine. Purely research you understand. The first thing I found out was that there are a lot of crappy wines out there. However, there are quite a few good wines at low prices as well.

How do you decide which wines are good and which wines are not so good? You drink them. It's that simple. And since you probably have better things to do with your day, I took it upon myself to try a few dozen for you. Here are my top results.

- 2009 Columbia Crest H3 Horse Haven Hills Cab - $11.00

- 2008 Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet, Columbia - $11.00

- 2008 Liberty School Cabernet - $13.00

- 2009 Trinity Oaks Pinot Noir - $10.00

- 2010 Quinta da Aveleda Vinho Verde - $9.50

- 2008 Dynamite Chardonnay, North Coast - $11.00

- 2010 Pacific Rim Riesling, Columbia Valley - $12.00

- 2009 Chianti DOCG Querceto - $10.00

Party on!

TheWineaux@juno.com

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