1.67 Dollar Chuck

Move over Charles Shaw, here’s wine for $1.67 a bottle

How low can wine prices go? Nipping at the heels of ‘Two Buck Chuck, ‘ Napa Valley wine producer Tony Cartlidge is releasing 5,000 cases of California wine for just $1.67 a bottle, sold through his winery’s tasting room near the Napa Airport.


Wine Spectator Publishes Guide to Best Restaurants for Wine Lovers

Every year since 1981, Wine Spectator has evaluated restaurants around the world to determine which demonstrate the most passion and commitment to providing excellent wine lists and wine service. Now for the first time, that information is available in a handy reference guide, perfect for carrying along on your travels.
More than 3,300 restaurants have been rated in the 2004 edition of Wine Spectator’s Guide to the Best Wine Restaurants in the World. The listings cover 49 states and 47 countries, from Canada, the Caribbean and Europe to far-flung destinations such as Lebanon, Thailand and the Ukraine.
The detailed listings include information on the strengths of each wine list, the type of cuisine, wine and menu pricing, the corkage fee at restaurants that permit you to bring your own wine, address and phone number. Each restaurant is accompanied by its Wine Spectator ranking: Award of Excellence, the more selective Best of Award of Excellence or the top honor, the Grand Award. All 89 Grand Award winners are also listed separately for easy reference.
As an added bonus, the book features Wine Spectator’s exclusive vintage chart, with ratings of vintage quality in key regions and for key varietals. And for the times you bring your own wine to a restaurant, there are tips on the etiquette of corkage.
The paperback book, published by Running Press, is available for $12.95 ($19.95 in Canada and 8.99 pounds in the United Kingdom). It can be found at Barnes & Noble, Amazon.com and other bookstores around the country.

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Cheap Wine Big On Taste

CBS – In a recent Wine Spectator review, Lindemans Chardonnay Bin 65 won a coveted “Best Value” designation with a respectable 85 score on a 100-point scale.

The reviewer described the 2002 vintage as “soft and ripe, with modest pear and pineapple flavors, finishing with a touch of spice. Great everyday quaff.” That’s high praise for a wine selling in a California drug store this week for $3.74 a bottle after rebate.