The Quest for an Affordable Bottle

I am currently on a very important search…….looking for a bottle of wine that is easy on the wallet, but doesn’t make me feel cheap.

If someone looking for a $10 bottle of wine can be called a Wine Snob, then that is me.  You see, this bottle can’t come from a giant, soulless winery that takes juice from who knows where and produces affordable bottles for the masses. It must have character, complexity, and potentially a cute label.  It must also not be sold at the Wine Rack in WalMart, because that would indeed make me feel cheap.

When I first moved to Ontario in 2006, I lamented the government control of liquor. Coming from Alberta, the land of privatization, I immediately felt limited by mass-purchasing and the LCBO’s hours.  However, over the years I have fell under the spell of the LCBO (aided by their lovely magazine, Food & Drink), and am particularly in love with their website.   With the click of a button I can see what’s in stock at my local store.

Please join me as I embark on a journey through the LCBO’s affordable bottles (which will of course be limited to what is in stock in Kingston, ON).

I will be trying both whites and reds, from any country that sells something under $10, and will be posting my thoughts on the enjoyability and value of each. I am by no means a sommelier, just someone who knows what they like in a glass.

3 thoughts on “The Quest for an Affordable Bottle

  1. Kaili says:

    Hmmm…under $10…almost an impossibility!

    I was reading that this was a good one:

    NEGROAMARO MEZZOMONDO; LCBO 588962 | 750 mL bottle Price: $ 8.50.

    And while I personally don’t really enjoy red wine, Argento’s Malbec is $10.20 and gosh darn it, people like it!

    My current inexpensive wine is Naked Grape Pinot Grigio at $10.45. Plus you can get it in those super huge bottles which is a bonus when drinking with friends!


  2. handwashcold says:

    Don’t turn your nose up at The Wine Rack…they are not exclusive to WalMart (there’s one inside Loblaws @ the Kingston Centre & another on Bath Road) and they carry a most delicious merlot called ‘Strut’. Not sure if it’s under $10, but almost certain it’s not more than $12. Does that still count?

    Oh…not made for the masses. Probably doesn’t count. Label’s cute though. 🙂


  3. Melissa says:

    Really enjoying your website while the kiddies nap…

    One wine I have recently become addicted to is Dr ZenZen. Its a German wine and under $15.



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