Talbott Kali Hart Chardonnay tops our bargain picks of the week for April 9

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.

2010 Talbott Kali Hart Estate Chardonnay – $10.59 Cost Plus World Market (Joe’s Pick)
It is not too often that I describe a Chardonnay as refreshing but this one truly is. Talbott Winery is in the Carmel Valley and this Chardonnay is estate grown in the Monterey area. This Chardonnay has nice acidity, solid fruit flavors, and barely any oak. This wine is perfect for a warm spring day with a variety of light to medium dishes. On the Talbott website the price of this wine is listed at $19. I purchased this wine at Cost Plus during their White Wine Sale. If you purchase four or more wines, mix or match, you get an additional 10% discount. 89 Points and a terrific buy at the Cost Plus White Wine Sale that runs through April 15.

Luna Vineyards Pinot Grigio – $8.79 Cost Plus World Market (Joe’s Pick)

This is another wine I picked up at the Cost Plus World Market White Wine Sale. This is very much what I call a change-of-pace wine. It is far different in style than the usual fare of white wines most people drink. It is a much heavier Pinot Grigio than you would find from Italian-produced Pinot Grigio wines. It has a terrific mouth feel and the wine definitely grows on you with each sip. I recommend this wine with fish dishes that are a little on the stronger side, like sardines or salmon. It might also go well with a pasta primavera dish. 88 points.

Matuco Malbec 2010 – $7.99 Fresh and Easy (Ray’s Pick)
Matuco MalbecA delightful Malbec from Argentina’s Mendoza Valley that would pair well with even a fish course. Ruby in color, the wine exhibits a softness and well-rounded taste that would recommend it for almost any dinner. It has a soft, non-tannic finish that would appeal even to the occasional wine drinker. I’d give it a solid 87 points.

If you shop for wines at Safeway or Costco, please read our recent articles about buying wine from these two stores. Costco ArticleSafeway Article

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