Clark Smart shoppers already know that you don’t have to spend a fortune for good wine! Good cheap wine is everywhere.
As we look forward to summer, Crystal Cameron-Schaad, sommelier and owner of Crystal Palate, a wine education and consulting company in Coastal Virginia, has some budget-friendly suggestions.
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3 value-priced wines that hit the spot
“Rosé is my go-to summer wine. I always have a chilled bottle ready to go in my refrigerator,” Crystal told Clark.com. “Contrary to popular belief, many rosés are actually dry and make a great companion for many foods including salads, sandwiches, charcuterie, grilled meats and fried chicken.”
For less than $15, Crystal says you can pick up a bottle of rosé that would be the perfect companion to just about any summertime dish you can think of.
Here are her top three affordable rosé wines to try for the summer of 2017:
1. Charles & Charles Rosé, Columbia Valley, Washington State ($13)
This dry rosé made from the Syrah grape is widely available and quite delicious with bountiful aromas of juicy ripe summer berries, watermelon, orange zest and a hint of spice. Plus, the patriotic label is the perfect addition to your Fourth of July picnic.
2. Muga Rosado, Rioja, Spain ($12)
Aromas of cherry, raspberry, apricot, pineapple, white blossoms and fennel give way to a medium-bodied fruit-forward wine with a creamy mid-palate and refreshing finish.
3. Union Wine Underwood Rosé in a Can, Oregon ($7 each ‘ typically sold in a 4-pack)
Summer is all about convenience. So why not grab a delicious can of wine? It’s portable for all of your outdoor adventures. Aromas of strawberry, wild cherry, nectarine and a touch melon give way to a fruit-forward palate with a crisp, refreshing finish.
Support your local wineries!
The three wines on Crystal’s list are widely distributed in the U.S., but don’t forget to support your local wineries! From Virginia to California, she says there are many fabulous rosés to choose from.
Best and worst days of the week to buy alcohol
Ibotta, the popular mobile shopping app, took a look at data from 50 million receipts submitted by users and came to this conclusion: Saturdays and Sundays are the most expensive days to buy wine or beer at the store.
When should you buy instead? Try picking up your wine on a Tuesday, or your beer on a Monday, for an average savings of 6% and 9%, respectively.
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