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Inexpensive Wine coverInexpensive Wine: A Guide to Best Buys

This little paperback can be found gracing the shelves of 62 libraries, according to WorldCat. I have no idea why. This copy has dog-eared corners, brittle paper, and yellowed edges.

It was fine in 1974, probably through 1980 or so. Now, some of them – probably a lot of them – are no longer available. Wines we consider inexpensive today (Two Buck Chuck, anyone?) weren’t available back then, so they aren’t included in the book.

So basically, the book is useless unless you just want a stroll down memory lane about cheap wine of the 70s. Maybe some of these cheap wines of the 70s are worth more now that they’ve aged 44 years?

Bottom’s up!


Inexpensive Wine back cover

Inexpensive Wine introduction

jug wines


    1. Or Boone’s Farm? Although I’m not sure that can legitimately be called wine. Oh, the stuff you drink when you’re a poor college student…

      While I’m far from an expert on wine (although I certainly drink enough of it), I personally recommend Trader Joe’s own brand, “Two Buck Chuck” linked in the post. (Although, where I live, I think it’s $3.00 now.) It’s very drinkable and I especially like their Shiraz.

  1. Let’s see… Boone’s Farm, Ripple, Mad Dog 20/20… yep, there were some cheap wines out there, all right. I thought I had reached the heights of sophistication when I discovered Liebfraumilch and Zellarschwartzkat.

    But I’m not sure I have more fun now that I know better.

  2. I’m clueless about the differences between cheap and expensive wine. It’s because I don’t drink… wine. *tucks fangs back in with fingers*

  3. I’d say that at the most lenient, by the time a book name drops a country that doesn’t exist anymore (Hello U.S.S.R.!), that’s the absolute latest you can weed it.

  4. Ah yes. That makes me stroll down memory lane.
    Actually, it makes me remember a song from about that time, 1970, Reinhard Mey’s »Komm, gieß mein Glas noch einmal ein«, “Oh, Pour Me Another Glass” … of that cheap red wine. That wine made him stroll down memory lane to his youth…
    As to affordable wine, the supermarket shelves around here are full of litre bottles of OK Trollinger and other wines. Just grab any one and have a quarter litre with your evening meal.

  5. How many wineries have either started up or gone out of business since this book was published? And the price list on that one page was . . . highly amusing.

  6. Ohhhh cheap wine…my fave cheap wine story was when my then boyfriends cheapo father bought a gallon of wine called Lost Hills for our weekend Grateful Dead camping show…it was so bad I could see why those hills were lost,yuck! We ended up giving it to a guy who called himself “Tumbleweed” who told us he was going to go sell it by the Solo cup to the winos who were hanging out by the portable bathrooms…good times! ( Actually they really were lol)!!!

  7. I remember making the big step up to Portuguese rose’s (that is supposed to be an accent, not an apostrophe :-)) — does anyone remember Mateus in the cool sort of oval bottle and Lancer’s in the ceramic-type tall jug (both especially cool when you put a candle in the top and it dripped down)? We thought we were oh-so-sophisticated… But mostly we drank from gallon bottles of Tavola Red at I think $3.99 per. I also remember a giant greenish glass bottle of cheap Spanish red that turned my teeth maroon for a while — the bottle was really cool, though, and I still have it to collect pennies. I have only emptied it once in several decades, and my take was about $125 — that’s how big it is! Good times.

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