Episode: Champagne and Strawberries

We had some good news to celebrate, so naturally we turned to champagne.  A perusal of the grocery store’s cheap champagne selection resulted in the Jaume Serra Cristalino Brut Cava ($5.99) and the Barefoot Bubbly Extra Dry Champagne ($7.99).

And as an additional bonus, Shari’s Berries sent us a sample of their delicious new Champagne Berries, which were the perfect pairing. You can find these and all of their other berries in their online store.  Cheers!

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Around the World in 80 Sips

Another exciting perk to having this blog, besides occasional bottles of free wine, is that we sometimes get invited to wine events! Last week, we had the opportunity to attend Bottlenotes’ Around the World in 80 Sips.  Bottlenotes is an online wine community where you can find reviews, recommendations, and explanations of just about any type of wine you can think of.  They started this event a couple years ago, and it’s now in 11 cities around the country.  Winemakers … Continue reading

Episode: The Seeker Riesling

We’ve got another new one from The Seeker – this time, a German Riesling.  Rieslings are known for their balance of fruity and mineral-y flavors, but we found this one to be a little more of the fruit than the mineral.  For sweet wine drinkers who are fans of wines like Moscatos, we think this is a really delicious option.  For everyone else, drink it with spicy food – Thai, Mexican, Indian, or just your everyday spoonful of hot … Continue reading

Episode – The Seeker Rosé

As you definitely know by now, any day we get some free wine is a great day for the Cheap Wine Girls.  The people at The Seeker came through once again and sent us their full new lineup.  In this episode, we try out their new Rosé.   If SUPER CRISP is your thing, this is the wine for you.  Perfect for summertime, this wine makes us want to sit outside with some delicious food.  Check it out!

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Episode: Goats in Villages Chenin Blanc Viognier

We’re back with a refreshing wine, just in time for summer.  It was the goats on the label that originally attracted me to this bottle, and it turned out Alex had actually been to this vineyard and seen the goats in person!  We ended up really liking this one, but watch to hear about the interesting flavor we found in it.  Cheers!

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Episode: Plungerhead Zinfandels

Another exciting event for the Cheap Wine Girls – more free wine!  The awesome people from The Other Guys, a Sonoma-based wine producer, sent us two Zinfandels from their Plungerhead label.  We thought this was a great opportunity to compare two wines of the same varietal from the same company.

We also discovered Zork, the type of “cork” they use on all of their wines, and we’re kind of in love.  We’ve never had so much fun opening … Continue reading

Episode – Panilonco Carménère With A Glassware Experiment

This time on Cheap Wine Girls, we’re drinking the Panilonco Carménère, $3.99 from Trader Joe’s.  This was one of those wines we picked out pretty much only based on the price and the label; the bottle features an awesome gold lion with the phrase “Chief of Lions” written below it.  Therefore, it was a great wine for a little experiment.

Watch as we see how different glassware affects the taste of this wine.  Also, glassware is a broad term in … Continue reading

Shaw Vineyard

We were super brave last night when we ventured out into the arctic 45 degree LA weather to go warm up at 55 Degree Wine, but we were really glad we did.  We had the opportunity to meet Steve Shaw, Jr. and taste the full lineup of wines that he produces with his father at Shaw Vineyard in The Finger Lakes region of New York.  Neither of us had ever tasted wine from this region, or knew a ton … Continue reading

Episode: Moscato Showdown

We’re so excited to have a special guest star on this week’s episode.  Ben Gigli from 5 Second Films came by the show to help us answer a viewer’s question: Do we have any Moscato recommendations?  Having never really drank this varietal before, the answer prior to this episode was simply, “no”.  So, we decided to do a little research and try a few out.  We discovered that Moscatos have become quite popular recently, mostly because rap and hip hop … Continue reading

Episode: Wooden Valley Red Table Wine

We did something a little different this week.  A friend and former co-worker of mine had told me about a bottle of wine she had sitting at home.  It was given to her as a gift 3 years ago, but the less-than-high-quality looking label caused her to not be very inspired to drink it.  So we did!

Needless to say, table wine probably shouldn’t be “aged” three additional years, so the results weren’t all that surprising.  I think if we … Continue reading

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