My Favorite Chilean Wines – Under $10 A Bottle

by Dixie Newcomb on November 18, 2012

in Events, Life

Since Thanksgiving is Thursday, most of us have already planned our menus, done our grocery shopping (hopefully) and began defrosting that turkey. But, have you picked out a good wine to pair with your meal as well as impress your guests? One that won’t break your bank account? If not, read on.

After a recent trip to Colorado, I discovered a really nice and inexpensive Chilean Carmenere made by Santa Alicia.  It’s about $8 to $9 a bottle and delicious.  It’s crisp, dry and full bodied.  I have been so used to always drinking  Cabernet that it was a really nice alternative.  Great with pizza, steak and even a hamburger.

I went to my local Edmond liquor store in search of my new favorite (cheap) wine only to find that they don’t carry it.  He suggested I try another Chilean wine made by Flip Flop so I purchased a bottle of Malbec for $6.79.  Yes, $6.79 and it was incredibly good!  He assured me that he sells a lot of the Flip Flop brand.  Also, Flip Flop Wines donate a proceed of all their sales to Soles4Souls helping to provide footwear to those in need.

Both of these wines have one thing in common (besides coming from Chile) as both are screw tops.  The debate as to whether traditional corks or screw tops produce a better bottle of wine is a heated one, but screw tops are gaining popularity as a cork alternative.  Many proponents say the wine is less susceptive to oxidation, easier to open and eliminates “cork taint.”  Trust me, both of these wines will have your guests saying “another glass, please.”

One caveat, if you intend to imbibe on Thanksgiving, you may want to skip the midnight trip to Target.

Heaven knows what you may come home with.  Besides, after reading Laurie McCoy’s post a few days ago, Black Friday shopping sounds like a very “sobering” endeavour.

Cheers & Happy Thanksgiving!






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Troy November 19, 2012 at 4:44 am

Nice article Dixie! My wife is more the wine expert in our family, but after a few years in Germany in the Army a long time ago, I do appreciate their versions. I guess I had never considered wine from Chile, but we’ll have to give it a try. Have a great Thanksgiving!


Laurie McCoy November 19, 2012 at 9:16 am

Thanks for the suggestions,Dixie. I’m intrigued by the Flip Flop wine and you can’t beat the price!
I have to disagree with one idea, though–I think if you’re planning Black Friday shopping, you NEED wine, LOTS of wine! :)


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