It’s easy to trash a “notorious”, “lesser” or polarizing wine. It’s harder admiting you actually like(d) it. What have been your examples in the past? Blind or non-blind when you tried it, a wine you’d hate/be embarrased to admit you liked.
Red - Silver Oak Napa (don’t recall the vintage but had it once, and only once, at a Wine Spectator Grand Tour event a few years ago…I really liked it).
White - Mer & Soleil Chardonnay (a few years ago it symbolized everything that was overdone with Cali Chard…but I still liked it).
I had a friend insist that I go there for a tasting. I chuckled at the pure cheese disco ball and dj booth setup in their classic italian theme. I then went home with a mixed case. The cave blend was tasty, and ready to drink.
Some of my wife’s favorites are Caymus, silver oak, and paradigm. So I’ve got a few of them around. I’d by lying if I said I didn’t enjoy them. I mean, at least you know what you are getting with them.
A couple of weeks ago, I was cooking with a $10 Jadot beaujolais and had half a bottle left over, so I drank it and… actually contemplated getting a few more.
several of Veuve Clicquot’s wines, including the NV yellow label. Sure, there’s a lot better out there, sometimes for just a little more money, but I think these wines beat the heck out of anything from Moet (except Dom Perignon) and most other options when there’s no “real” Champagne available.
I bought an SQN Syrah (The Prisoner) several years ago.
I am not embarrassed about liking it but at the time I was on a board which was full of SQN scoffers who kept going on and on about how it is “undrinkable.” I don’t even truly understand what the hell they were talking about.
If I could afford it I would probably buy a bottle or 2 a year. Back then I paid $100, someone had consigned their bottles to a wine shop on Long Island.
Columbia Crest “Grand Estates” Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon (IMO, hard to beat for $8 )
Darioush Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz (too expensive, though)
Mumm Napa sparklers (not bad for $12)
Rotari sparklers (not bad for $8)
Cristalino sparklers (not bad for $8)