Wine for your Weekend: Budget buy

Sometimes you want to drink interesting wines you’ve never tried before.

Sometimes you don’t mind splurging on a bottle for a special occasion.

And sometimes you just want a wine with a good, reliable punch of flavor that provides good bang for its buck.

This weekend, I’ve got a budget buy for you that typically runs between $5-8. That makes it a great value at full price, but an even better steal if you can find it on markdown, as I recently did at our local liquor store for a $3.95 inventory clearout.

Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon is a budget offering from a Napa Valley giant. Marketed under the tagline “From one, for all” the whole Woodbridge line is designed to be fruit forward and approachable for those new to wine, while providing the profile that seasoned wine lovers have come to expect traditional varietals like Cabernet, Chardonnay, and Merlot. If Cabernet Sauvignon isn’t your style, their website also has a pairing tool to match you to your perfect bottle.

As for the Cabernet, it starts with notes of cherries and berries on the nose. The fruit forward aroma might suggest this wine would be trend sweet; however, it is balanced well with hints of herbs and cedar, all married together with a slight oakiness and a smooth finish.

The wine is medium/full bodied and a great pairing for grilled meat (we paired with steaks) or a hearty pasta dish.

For the money, this is a wine you can stock up for the whole summer with.


Published by Kate

A former Wisconsinite, Kate now resides in southeast Minnesota with her husband where she teaches high school English and theater. She recently completed her master's degree in learning design and technology, and continues to study and advocate for arts integration in the classroom. A recipient of the RISE America grant for high school theater, Kate is working to innovate and expand theater opportunities for the students at PIHS. An avid distance runner, concert pianist, and want-to-be wine aficionado, Kate's blog "ink." is a passion project, embodying all the best parts of life: friends, food, wine, thoughtful conversation, style, and sass!

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