A few weeks ago, I was in a grocery store looking for some cooking wine. They had Barton & Gutestier Cab Sauvignon Private Selection 2005 vin de pays d’Oc for $5, so I got a bottle. Of course I tried it–very drinkable! Smooth, balanced, goes down easy, if not so very interesting.
When I was there again the other day, they had some CA wines (Tisdale) 3 for $10.
Okay it was 1976 and I was 17 in Montreal with my girlfriend and we ordered a bottle of Mateus Rose at a restaurant and then…
…well I liked it.
Recently there has been a Paso Robles white they sell at Trader Joes, I forget the name, it’s mostly SB with some Semillion and goes for about $6 or $7 bucks and I think it’s pretty damn tasty. The latest vintage (2008) isn’t quite as good but it’s still pretty good.