Really, in my old age, I have found around a dozen or so wines in the $8-$15 range that I love and that are reliable from vintage to vintage. I buy them by the case and then "age" them in the basement for 1-2 years. So, beyond my "good" bottles I typically have another 8-10 cases of "regular" wine.
the one exception I have for overpaying is the Oliver Leflaive Bourgogne blanc, which is basically my perfect idea of a house white. One can typically find it for $15-18, and for this it's a f'ing value and a half.
the crappy wine store near me that sucks but is open until midnight has it for $26. Nope.
A new store opened in my little village. They sent all the residents a letter announcing the opening and the letter promised a $100 credit. I was sort of into it. I went in there and one of the first things I saw was that same Leflaive les setilles for $24. I left.
My wife encourages me to buy by the case whenever we drop under about 300 bottles.
Manton, could you list your usual daily drinkers? I'm not sure if Daily Drinkers deserves its own thread but I think we could start sharing what we're drinking in terms of that in a more systematic fashion for the benefit of all.
Went to a trade tasting today and tried a bunch of great value wines.
Any of these you guys should buy and buy lots. They drink well above their price points.
2010 Crozes Hermitage Silene Chave ($28-ish and a baby Hermitage)
2010 Copain Pinot Noir Voisins ($45-ish, but reminds me of nice Dujac Burgundies)
2010 Saint Glinglin Carte Verte ($25-ish and 100% Merlot aged in stainless steel. Tastes like the way Bordeaux used to be.)
2010 Saint Glinglin St. Emilion ($38-ish and Cab Franc Merlot blend and again tastes like the way Bordeaux should be)
2012 Saint Glinglin Sauvignon Blanc (not sure, but I think around $25 - great food friendly Summer wine)