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By: Brian

Fri, 24 Feb 2012 21:59:45 +0000

As the Dr. said, Roederer is a good choice. My other choice is Mumm. It's always good and you can usually find it for around $15.

By: bill marsano

Fri, 24 Feb 2012 17:29:26 +0000

Why make a federal case out of this? I won't kill you to say 'Thanks a bunch, but you'll be busy enough anyway,so we'll just pop into your local Higgledy-Piggledy on the way over.' If your friend is providing lunch or dinner, you can ask what's to be served and say you'll grab something to go with it. From your letter it appears that she has no clue, and I imagine she'll be relieved.You can pretty much guarantee that if you give her specifics she won't be able to find them, and more e-mails will result and her level of uncertainty/anxiety will grow. She's trying to be a good hostess, so why don't you be a good guest: take her off the hook.She'll appreciate it and you'll be perfectly content with the wine you choose.

By: gabe

Fri, 24 Feb 2012 03:34:31 +0000

perrin is pretty good

By: Steve Edmunds

Thu, 23 Feb 2012 17:05:46 +0000

I just spent some time down there, and the best things I saw were from Perrin, and La Vieille Ferme.

By: John Glas

Wed, 22 Feb 2012 01:17:14 +0000

Columbia Crest will always be found in the super market and is the best wine under $10 I have tasted vintage after vintage. Cycles Gladitor mentioned above is too sweet for me. If super markets had a wine buyer that knew anything about wine they would all carry Dr. Loosen Dr. L Riesling which is always a huge hit at my tastings.

By: Daryl

Tue, 21 Feb 2012 23:06:20 +0000

I agree with the Bogle suggestion. They always represent the varietal and you're never disappointed for the price. Others...Wild Horse Pinot or Merlot, Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc, Gnarly Head Zin.

By: Dr. Vino

Tue, 21 Feb 2012 12:47:56 +0000

Thanks for sharing these thoughts--some good strategies here. Over on Twitter, Mike Madrigale suggested Louis Jadot's 2010 Beaujolais and many chimed in and agreed retweeting him and some added ""Jadot Beaujolais" true that, definitely one of the best 9 dollar bottles of wine out there." and "Louis Jadot 2010 Beaujolais-Villages ‘Combe aux Jacques’ is very solid." Caleb Ganzer thought they might have a Drouhin chablis/macon.

By: Matt Mauldin

Tue, 21 Feb 2012 05:01:52 +0000

If I had to pick one common Supermarket wine that stands out to me right now, it would be Mumm Napa Brut Rosé... A reliably excellent for the price bubbly.

By: gabe

Tue, 21 Feb 2012 02:12:53 +0000

chateau st. jean is my go-to supermarket red wine, will chateau ste. michelle is usually a safe bet when it comes to whites. i don't know how often you can find those on the east coast. beyond that, i try to look for clues beyond the word "wine", and look for regions like napa or sonoma (as opposed to simply "california"). but the best advice is to find a wine shop. i used to work at a wine shop when i was in my twenties, and my favorite thing in the world was recommending new wines to people. there is no better suggestion than to find your local wine nerds, and let them put a bottle in your hand

By: Dave Erickson

Tue, 21 Feb 2012 00:33:59 +0000

Well, the biggest Florida-based supermarket chain is Publix. They have a website about their wine. One of the monthly specials is a nice Antinori cheapie... Although I'd go for the bring-your-own option, myself. Young and still, like the nice man says. Wrap it in two layers of bubble wrap, it'll be fine.

By: Peter - The Roaming GastroGnome

Mon, 20 Feb 2012 23:36:12 +0000

If you don't know where they're shopping why not just give a region and type, one you generally like anything from of course, like New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc?

By: RobinC

Mon, 20 Feb 2012 23:21:48 +0000

I found some terrific advice for shopping for wine in a supermarket: "When it comes to wine I'm very particular about what I buy. There are two things I look for before making my selection. First, the word "Wine" must appear somewhere on the label. This is something I insist on. Second, I look for a sign nearby that says "On Sale." Follow these two rules and you won't go far wrong."

By: shane

Mon, 20 Feb 2012 22:29:44 +0000

mad dog 20 20

By: Russ Winton

Mon, 20 Feb 2012 18:30:26 +0000

I second Christina's suggestions although I would add McManis, Cycles Gladiator, Concannon and Kenwood. All solid and consistent wines!

By: Christina

Mon, 20 Feb 2012 17:51:46 +0000

They might well have Bogle offerings. Other possibilities would be Columbia Crest and Chateau St. Michelle.