Bargain Wine Picks – January 24

This is a series of weekly bargain wine picks by the members of the Vintage Wine Tasting Club. We meet every other month for a formal tasting session but in between we communicate with each other whenever we discover a great wine bargain. We love the sport of bargain wine hunting. I’ll sort through the members’ picks each week and highlight the best bargain wines for your dinner table. Here are five delicious wine picks.

Climber Red 2006 $5 – Recommended by Ray

The Clif Family Winery (makers of the Clif Bars we all know and love) have changed their bottle labels and, as they want to make more room in their inventory, have slashed the prices of their red and white “Climbers” to $5.00 per bottle. I chose the Climber Red — a blend of Zin, Syrah, Cab, Merlot and Petite Sirah. It’s a great table wine that drinks like a $20 red — pleasant bouquet, nice clean palate feel, and medium body. A real deal: – available at the winery. (Note – We reviewed this wine in December but Vintage Wine Club member Ray picked up a case last week.)

Monte Antico 2006 – $8.99 Recommended by Bruce
The Monte Antico 2006 has been around a long time and can be found in many stores. I just happened to purchase it at The Wine Stop in Burlingame a while back. They still have an ample supply. The first couple of times I drank it I thought it was a little too powerful for me. It is probably because I didn’t give it enough time to breathe. This time around I poured it through my Christmas present Vinturi (complete with tower) and it made quite a difference. The Monte Antico is a blend of 75 percent Sangiovese, 15 percent Merlot and 10 percent Cabernet Sauvignon. In 2009 this wine was rated 90 points by the Wine Spectator and made its Top 100 list.

Cameron Hughes Lot 110 2007 Pinot Noir Recommended by Bruce
This is the 4th or 5th bottle of Cameron Hughes I have drunk. For $12.99 it is quite a buy for a good Pinot. Drinking it against much more expensive Pinots will tell you that it doesn’t quite reach that level but it is quite good especially at this price. I purchased this wine at the Foster City Costco store.

Highway 12 2008 Red Blend $13.89 – Recommended by Joe

I picked this wine up at the Foster City Costco in late December so I hope they still have it. This wine is a blend of equal parts of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot, the grapes all being sourced from their Sierra Vineyard in Sonoma Valley. I found this wine to be very pleasant and flavorful. It is soft on the palate and has a nice finish. My only knock on this wine is a weak aroma. The Highway 12 winery’s online shop lists it at $24 but is sold out. I think that means they sold off their entire inventory to Costco. I give this wine 87 points and a good buy at $14.

Domaine Allimant-Laugner Rosé, Crémant d’Alsace $18 – Recommended by Joe
This is my wine of the week and I will surely buy many more bottles of this fabulous sparkling wine. My rating is an easy 90 points. Read my complete review in a previous post. It sells for $18 to $19 at several wine shops including the Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant and Beltramo’s.


  1. YUM! We enjoyed the Red Climber. And at that price we enjoyed it very much!

  2. Gene Loehrer says:

    Do I have any chance of buying these bargain wines seeing that I live in Baton Rouge La.?

    • Gene,
      That is a great question! I don’t really know the laws for wine imports in each state. My guess is that an online retailer is your best bet to get some of these wine bargains. Let us know if you are successful. Cheers, Joe


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