TGIT! Is it just me, or does Shonda Rhimes Thursday get you excited about your couch and wine too? Scandal and HTGAWM have me the most invested in a show I've probably ever been since Grey's, which I don't watch anymore sadly (Teen Mom and the Bachelor are runners up, judge me. But also Jane The Virgin). Anyway, wine. I love wine. I'm no wine connoisseur by any stretch of the imagination, but I can appreciate good-tasting wine. While I might "splurge occasionally" (and by splurge I mean like $20) on my favorite Kendall Jackson Chardonnay or the likes, I'm typically aiming for the bottle under $10.
I've found a few faithful bottles that don't make me feel like I've been hit by a cement truck the next morning and surprisingly, they're all under $6! Yes, it is in fact possible to down a bottle of $6 wine and be able to be a fully functional adult the next day.
Here are my favs. And of course, let me know if you have others!
1. Pacific Peak Chardonay
A friend of mine told me about this brand a while back. She told me a story about a friend who brought a bottle of this stuff to a wine tasting and her wine snob friend was so impressed and thought it was a $30 bottle of wine. Little did she know. The Pacific Peak brand will run you $1.97. No really. One dollar and ninety seven cents. Again, I promise you won't die the next day. You can purchase it at Total Wine & More.
2. Pacific Peak Merlot
While we're still on the $1.97 bottles of wine, go ahead and pick up a bottle of the Merlot while you're at it.
3. Almond Creek Almond Sparkling Wine
If you're into bubbles, you can pick up this bottle for $5.99 at Trader Joes. It's sweet but not overbearingly sweet (I hate sweet wine). It's my favorite to mix in a mimosa and gives it a nice almondy twist.
4. Green Fin Rosé
I hesitated to include this one because they recently started slacking in their packaging. This used to be sold in a corked, glass bottle, but is now a twist off, plastic bottle. I know, I know, kind of takes the fancy out of "faux fancy." But, I'm certain that was a sacrifice that had to be made for producing a $4.99 bottle of wine. Nonetheless, this is a tasty rosé. Find it at your local Trader Joes.
5. $2 Buck Chuck Sauvignon Blanc
Charles Shaw is probably an obvious, but let's be clear that they aren't all created equal. I will typically forgo a bottle, but on occasion, if I do go that route, I pick up the Sauvignon Blanc. It's my personal fav out of the bunch. I've used it in summer sangrias and of course straight up. $2.97 at Trader Joes, duh!
Happy Almost Friday!