two buck canuck?

Here is yesterdays article from the Daily News in case you missed it!

Two Buck Canuck?
Two Buck Chuck is the cheap-o California wine that you can buy everywhere down across the line. Really, it is Charles Shaw wine that is made by the ocean sized batch and sold in every grocery store around. I went in search of some Toonie priced wine around here and came up empty handed. Instead I’ll tell you about the cheapest wine I did find, Sola Nero.
Nero is a BC wine made from domestic and imported grapes. That means the winery buys grapes from other wineries to make the wine. It’s pretty common. Not underhanded and sneaky. I used to think this was a bit sneaky but if you read the label the info is all there. You can tell by a couple of other clues, too.
#1 – it’s $.7.59 a bottle. That is about as cheap as it gets.
#2 – it has no year, no grape, no wording on the bottle that tells you when and where it was made.
Generic wines like this are the same year after year and bottle after bottle. They are just that – generic.
Red wine is usually more expensive than white. Why? Beats me. I’ll try to remember to ask someone. I usually buy a bottle of red for around $17. That is a fancy bottle to me that I would enjoy on a special night at home. If I were entertaining a ‘winey’ person I would spend $25 and if I was buying a gift I would spend $35-$55. So now you know what price range I am comfortable in.
This wine is similar to $12-$15 bottles I have purchased in the last year. At half the price!
But it does taste pretty generic. It is not overly fruity, which is a quality I look for in a red, and it has little body.What it really lacks is finish (after taste if you are eating onions). I love the feeling and taste that lingers after you sip your wine. So it always makes me sad when a wine has no finish. It is not oaked or if it is it doesn’t show it off. But it is not too sweet so props for that. You could have it with some lighter fare but it wouldn’t stand up to a hearty meal. They suggest you pair it with tomato based sauces on the label. I probably would not.
I wouldn’t recommend you buy this wine unless all you have ever purchased before is two-buck chuck!


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