What is Your House Wine?

I never spend over $10 a bottle. Here is my choice for April. What's yours?

oysterbayI’m always on the lookout for a wine to stock as my house wine. In the summer, I rotate whites from Portugal, Uruguay, Chile, Italy with Roses from France and Italy. Chardonnay, if unoaked, occasionally. I never spend over $10 a bottle unless I splurge on a Texas Viognier. Currently my me-plus-or-minus-one wine is an amusing Sauvignon Blanc from Oyster Bay in New Zealand. It is light and crisp, and, best of all, can be found for $8.81 a bottle if you buy six at Tom Thumb. (I paid $4 more (a bottle) at Spec’s.) Don’t trust my judgement? Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2014 took home a gold medal at the recent TexSom International Wine Competition. Prediciton: By this time next year it will be $16.

How about you? What wines do you rotate at house wines?


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  • Winechick

    I buy Cono Sur Sauvignon Blanc. It’s from Chile and cheap.

  • Chefh

    We seem to always end up with any 90+ wine from Sigel’s. They are around $10 – $12 each (cheaper on sale)and there is a case discount. I love the Sauvignon Blanc.
    Pink wine is always underpriced. So many people don’t even know that roses are lovely complex wines that can stand up to almost any food except heavy beef. They go great with lots of grilled foods.
    But don’t tell anyone.

  • Tim Permenter

    Hey Nancy,
    I am in love with two Malbec roses, Crios and Maipe, both about $12. (We sold the Crios rose at Best Cellars after discovering it at the Aspen Wine & Food Festival) These are great for the hot spring and summer days, great at Thanksgiving and just a good change of pace from cold whites. These are well made, crisp, light, balanced with beautiful aromas, red berry flavors, and very fresh on the palate.

    A great, light white from Portugal is Famega Vinho Verde for $6. (We sold this at BC as well) It’s very pleasant, crisp with hints of fruit. It’s alcohol content is less than 10%, which means less calories but…..the more you can drink too. (What a conundrum!)

    Also, Butterfield Station Chardonnay, although this is oaked the oak is gentle and it is a really good chardonnay. The price is around $10.

    I hope you are doing well

  • TLS

    I too drink Oyster Bay. Two other good cheap Sauvignon Blancs are Starborough and Wente. If I’m going to splurge another $7 it is Kim Crawford for the win.

  • Hank

    I have always liked the sauvignon blanc from geyser peak or hogue as dependable low priced wines. Both are around $7.50 at total wine. A nd my bargain basement find is lindeman pinott Grigiio at $4 a bottle. It is very good.

  • Fowler Nordheim

    Jadot Macon Villages is our house wine. It goes well with almost any light meal and ranges from $10 to $12 at local stores. In second place, based on recent bottle counts would be Clean Slate Riesling (~$9).

  • Brian Bianchi

    Toad Hallow Russian River single vineyard Merlot
    it goes for around $9.95 a bottle at my local safeway and its easily the quality of a $20-30 merlot. The 2010 and 2011 werent as good but the 2009 and 2012 are superb values

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