Wine Bargain Picks of the Week – May 16

This is a series of weekly bargain wine picks by the members of the Vintage Wine Tasting Club. We love the sport of bargain wine hunting. This past week we blinded tasted six Spanish Tempranillo wines that were all outstanding and each one of these wines belongs on our wines of the week. However, we are going to showcase only two for the “Picks of the Week” because they are the easiest to find locally and online.

These first two Spanish wines are recommended by the entire Vintage Wine Tasting Club

Beronia 2005 Reserva, Rioja – $14.99

The Wine Stop; $16.99 and K&L Wines
This is a wonderful, balanced Tempranillo with nice acidity and tannins. There is a smoky touch to this wine, good fruit flavors, and that leather aroma that defines many of Spanish Tempranillo wines. 89 Point

Bodegas Lan 2006 Crianza, Rioja – $9.99

K&L Wines, The Wine Stop
Just a tad less in body and more fruit forward than the Beronia, a delightful food- friendly wine. Like most Tempranillo wines from Rioja it has great acidity and mellow fruit flavors. At this price, the wine is an outstanding value. 88 points

Vinho Verde Red, Afros 2009 – $16.00

Vineyard Gate Recommended by Bruce
I chose this wine because I thought it was the most interesting wine I have tasted this year. It has amazing fruit flavors of cherry and cranberry and a good aftertaste. The price point is good and the taste unique. Here is your chance to try a Portuguese red wine. The Vineyard Gate is a cool little wine shop on Broadway in Millbrae. 88 Points

Bodegas Juan Gil 2008 $11.89

Costco Recommended by Joe
This is the latest vintage of the outstanding wine bargain that Costco has carried for the past few years. This wine is easily worth twice the price. The grapes are from 45-year-old vines located in the Spanish wine region of Jumilla, near the Mediterranean Coast. This wine is 100% Monastrell (known in France & California as Mourvedre). The wine has been aged for 12 months in French and American Oak. Pour this wine through your aerator if you have one or let it breathe for an hour; it is a young wine and needs to open up. The Juan Gil can easily be your “go-to” wine for during the week or when you have a load of guests and have a varied menu of food. Delicious! 89 Points

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