Monday, January 4, 2010

Panilonco - Thanks Trader Joes!

I stopped in Trader Joes Saturday afternoon, following my hike, and they were having their weekly wine tasting. Last weekend's selection was the tasty and cheap Panilonco Reserve 2008, D.O. Colchagua Valley, Chilean Merlot / Malbec. The thimble full in the store convinced me that it's worth the $4. The bottle consumed with soaking bath and dinner, was delicious.

Others agree, here, here and here. Again, good drinkable wine does not have to be expensive.

The nasty bottle of St.Emillion I got at Fresh & Easy mentioned in the cork-screw posting was sadly lost at our Gilbert AZ hosts' home, but I shall be trying it again from F&E, hoping that the turned bottle was just a one-off. Cork migration hinted that it might have been, but taste and smell made that $7 Bordeaux undrinkable.

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