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Chuck or Swirl? Whole Food’s Answer to Two-Buck-Chuck

Move over Trader Joe’s, make room for the Whole Foods version of the super-cheap two-buck-chuck. Priced less than a can a spam, the Whole Foods campaign, “chuck the chuck” offers a brand called Three Wishes in three varietals. The line promises “ridiculously delicious” wines at $2.99, giving value-conscious consumers an alternative to TJ’s popular Charles Shaw Two-Buck-Chuck. We found a panel of tasters who might have a knack for qualifying these wines.

Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my chuck!

The question at hand—could switching to Three Wishes really save you 15% or more on your taste buds? And how much chuck could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck 2$chuck? We recently surprised a pride of woodchucks as they were pulling corks with reckless abandonment (we forgot and left a window open) and for some reason they thought they would get three wishes if they opened and drank the bottles. Read the full story

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More Great Wines Under $15

If you’re looking for some good wine values under $15 a bottle, you’ve come to the right place. Every Thursday, we’ll let you know about some of our top picks under $15 which are sure to please your palate without breaking the bank. These are great wines worth seeking out, so go pick up a bottle or two and enjoy!

2008 Veramonte Sauvignon Blanc , Chile ($10-$15)
What’s interesting about the ’08 Veramonte Sauvignon blanc is that it hits all the flavor profiles of a traditional Sauvignon blanc and then throws in a punch of raciness and spice to mix it all up.

On first taste, it hits a whole lot of herbaceous notes of grass, weeds, and lemon grass, and then it brings on a dash of asparagus, grapefruit and lime finishing with a blast of sharp, tart, mineral and spice.  …more>>

2006 House of Nobilo Pinot Noir, New Zealand
Fresh and fruity this one delivers despite being consumed long before it was ready. A faint hint of violets and raspberry in the aroma light but pleasant. Bright cherry flavors come across as a classic representation of NZ Pinot. Nice texture in the mouth and a slightly tart slightly smooth finish make this a good wine and  …more>>

2006 Grayson Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles, CA ($10-$15)
Two years and two vintages later after our first review of this wine it has not really changed much. Exhibiting open and pour access I think we can say the wine is approachable. The aromas stay true to the past vintages with a nose of dried cherry and cassis. The flavor profile brings similar components of intense blackberry, cassis, and cherry flavors. The texture is smooth as it spreads across the palate. Overall it is a …more>>

2006 Les Freres Couillaud Muscadet Loire, France ($10-$15)
The 2006 Les Frères Couillaud Muscadet de Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie Château de la Ragotière Sélection Vieilles Vignes is a medium-bodied, zesty lemon-lime wine with a clean, long finish. The Loire produces an abundant amount of Muscadet made from the Melon de Bourgogne grape, and this wine, like many Muscadets are vinified sur lie meaning that the wine is not racked off the lees after fermentation – it is bottled straight from the vat without racking, which, in turn, provides some carbonation (fizziness)  …more>>

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Great Wines Under $15

If you’re looking for some good wine values under $15 a bottle, you’ve come to the right place. Every Thursday, we’ll let you know about some of our top picks under $15 which are sure to please your palate without breaking the bank. These are great wines worth seeking out, so go pick up a bottle or two and enjoy!

2007 Dry Creek Vineyards Chenin blanc, CA ($10-$15)
A medium bodied Chenin blanc with lots of melon, nectarine and honey flavors. Zesty and clean, this wine has crisp acidity and finishes with a refreshing, mouthwatering lemon flavor. Drink as …more>>

2006 Villa Pillo Red blend, Italy
This blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot is fabulous right after opening and then it goes through a settling in period. If you are serving it among a group, decant it. If alone, it will open at your pace. Big and tight in the beginning, this wine has the breadth of appeal usually associated with wines from names that draw a lot more  attention. Powerful aromas of dark cherries and blackberry with an abrupt hit of licorice that settles down quickly, making this a very…more>>

2006  Cline Cellars Zinfandel, CA ($10-$15)
I am often asked my opinion on best zinfandel under $10 and the word that always rolls off my tongue is Cline. Without hesitation nor a moment for thought regardless of vintage consideration. The folks at Cline have been making great Zinfandels for decades now. There was a time another vintners name came to mind but they have rested on their laurels for way too long leaving Cline the hands down all time favorite. Exhibiting sweet   …more>>

2006 King Shag Sauvignon blanc, New Zealand ($10-$15)
Cool birds, great wine. This value oriented Crisp white quaffer hits all the right notes and delivers flavor beyond what might be expected. The nose is huge expressing pineapple, grass and a heavy dose of grapefruit. A classic Marlborough NZ Sauvignon Blanc; it has opening flavors that carry the same grapefruit and grass as the nose with a luxurious mouth-feel and pleasant full flavored finish. Varied drinking temperature can bring intriguing palate changes in viscosity and flavor. At colder temperatures, the wine is extremely crisp, refreshing and great. With a few  …more>>

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Exceptional Best Value Wines Under $15

If you’re looking for some good wine values under $15 a bottle, you’ve come to the right place. Every Thursday, we’ll let you know about some of our top picks under $15 which are sure to please your palate without breaking the bank. These are great wines worth seeking out, so go pick up a bottle or two and enjoy!

2006 Nobilo Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand ($10-$15)
The 2006 Nobilo Sauvignon Blanc is light straw in color with aromas of mineral and grass. Flavors reminiscent of a tangy key lime pie with a dash of apple and grass; It’s a medium-bodied wine with flavors that carry through from start to finish; round mouth-feel and a long, opulent …more>>

2006 Eola Hills Pinot Noir, Oregon
Consistent aromas and flavors from this quality producer. This wine has the cherry and floral aromas of much more expensive wines. The texture in the mouth is pleasurable and the flavors are classic Oregon pinot. Medium to large structure and cherry mingled with earthy smoke flavors make this wine a wonderful addition to any …more>>

2007 La Spinetta Vigneto Biancospino Moscato d’Asti, Piedmont, Italy ($10-$15)
This producer has been making wine in the heart of the Moscato d’Asti country since 1977, which is home to [and known for] light and simple dessert wines. La Spinetta believed that the Moscato grape had a potential to produce exquisite wines from this region, hence “Vigneto Biancospino”. They certainly accomplished their goal, because I was  …more>>

2006 J. Vidal-Fleury Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, Cinsault Blend, Rhone, France ($10-$15)
It’s always a treat when an unexpected gem comes your way and this wine was one of those. The blend is 50% Grenache 30% Syrah 10% Mourvedre 10% Cinsault. A wonderful aroma and even better mouthfeel, the blend and time spent in barrels gives this wine a winning combination of  …more>>

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Exceptional Best Value Wines Under $15

If you’re looking for some good wine values under $15 a bottle, you’ve come to the right place. Every Thursday, we’ll let you know about some of our top picks under $15 which are sure to please your palate without breaking the bank. These are great wines worth seeking out, so go pick up a bottle or two and enjoy!

2007 Vina Palo Alto Red Blend, Chile ($10-$15)
Complexity and depth should be expected when the blend is “CCS” as I affectionately deemed this wonderful blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere, and Syrah. I was shocked at the fullness this wine offers like a mature pedigreed Cabernet or Bordeaux touting only a hasty few months in the bottle. This was a shockingly good find and worth seeking out.  …more>>

2006 Echeverria Chardonnay, Chile ($10-$15)
Advanced in its approach, this wine brings the fruit and leaves the extraction of oak and the added expense of malolactic behind. They still produce complex and exciting product without all the bells and whistles the jaded palates of American Chardonnay fans require. The wine has flavors of vanilla and cream on an apple pear frame – full bodied but not …more>>

2006 Kenwood Pinot Noir, Sonoma, CA ($10-$15)
Kenwood has a solid track record for producing medium priced better than average quality wines in almost every varietal available. This Russian River Valley Sonoma Pinot Noir is exactly that. The nose was a bit subdued and the wine itself was pretty tight for the first half-hour after it was opened which hints at the possibility this one could age a bit. Plumy, dark berry fruit full-bodied flavors and once the wine  …more>>

2006 Estancia “Pinnacles Ranches” Chardonnay, CA
This wine is crisp and refreshing and a style of Chardonnay that almost everyone will appreciate. Although the spec sheet states that the wine has been aged in French and American Oak and 60% of the blend underwent malolactic fermentation, neither the aromas nor the flavors reflect those techniques. I found the wine interesting and certainly capable of filling many culinary pairings. It was crisp and a bit  …more>>

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Exceptional Best Value Wines Under $15

If you’re looking for some good wine values under $15 a bottle, you’ve come to the right place. Every Thursday, we’ll let you know about some of our top picks under $15 which are sure to please your palate without breaking the bank. These are great wines worth seeking out, so go pick up a bottle or two and enjoy!

2006 Rex Hill Chardonnay, Oregon ($10-$15)
The 2006 Rex Hill Chardonnay from the Willamette Valley is an organically grown, unoaked wine with lovely pineapple, tropical fruit, citrus and mineral flavors. It’s a medium-bodied wine with a complex, long finish; great acidity. Would pair nicely …more>>

2006 Vinicola Del Priorat (ONIX), Grenache blend, Spain
Wow and wow again right out of the gate, this 50% Grenache 50% Cariena blend was showing unique characteristics that have never crossed this palate. It was strange at first to taste something I’ve never tasted before, then very, very pleasant after I realized the flavor profile of this blend was new to my sensory experiences.The Grenache is familiar, but with maturity I am not used to in its flavor profile. The Carinena brings some measured stability to the party while the other varietal attacks your  …more>>

2006 Santa Ema Merlot, Chile ($10-$15)
Deep, dark and delicious, this wine delivers beyond your most lofty expectations. 100% Merlot, this wine brings a depth and complexity previously not imaginable with only Merlot. I mean don’t get me wrong, I am not one of those silly Sideways crew. I can appreciate a great Merlot but usually they have at least 20% of other varietals to pump up the overall flavor profile. Over the years I’ve tried the Santa Ema wines from time to time and never experienced one that rose to this quality.   …more>>

2006 Dona Paula Los Cardos Malbec, Argentina ($10-$15)
Another winner arrives from Dona Paula. As the flavors of the ’05 were just disappearing from my palate along comes the ’06. After letting this wine settle down (it was a little green upon it’s arrival) the big smooth plush flavors exhibited a continuing trend for this winery to produce winners. The 2006 Dona Paula “Los Cardos” is a …more>>

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