There it was by the Whole Foods Market check out lines … a sign telling me that I could get wine in a bottle for $3. Not only could I get wine for $3, but I could get a whole case of wine for $35! That wine was by Three Wishes Vineyards!
My next thought: how good could $3 wine be? Just like curiousity killed the cat, curiousity got my wallet out and I bought a case. After all … even with the worst wine, it’s still good for cooking and tasty with some white soda added. How could I go wrong?
I lugged my case of wine home and couldn’t wait to try it out. I bought the mix n’ match case. You have your choice of buying just Chardonnay, Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon. Or you can buy what I did … mix ‘n match 12 bottles in any combonation. I preferred more bottles of Cabernet Sauvignon in my case and I’m happy I did.
First of all, let’s talk about the Chardonnay which is actually pretty good! Keep in mind that you do get what you pay for, so if you’re comparing this wine with a $20 Chardonnay – you may be disappointed. However, this Chardonnay has a nice citrus, refreshing taste. I’m reminded of pineapple mixed with a bit of pear. Not a sharp taste, but certainly a nice tropical refreshing taste. Chilled, this wine would pair well with most mild dinners, I wouldn’t go too spicy with this one. There seems to be some bad reviews on this wine out there online. Considering the price, can we really be that harsh? If you just want a nice every day wine — you can’t really go wrong with Three Wishes Chardonnay for the price.
Next up was the Merlot from Three Wishes Wine. I’m not a big fan of Merlot in general. No, I’m not taking my direction from the movie Sideways, I just prefer a bit more boldness in my wines. With that said, I found this Merlot to be fairly thin. Not much flavor on this one and I hate to say it, but it reminded me of a cup of Franzia wine. Not far off with just “natural flavors”. However, it does have 13% alcohol in it which puts it at a “win” compared with Franzia. This is a wine I’ll use mixed with white soda to make a nice spritzer. I’ll still have a glass with a spicy dinner – but won’t be picking up any more of this even for $3. Please keep in mind that this is all personal taste. I encourage you to try the Merlot and leave me your thoughts on this in the comments below!
Lastly, there is the Three Wishes Cabernet Sauvignon; one of my favorite types of wine. How did this one fair? I actually was surprised. Not big and bold on flavor, but it has more substance then the Merlot. I wasn’t expecting much for $3 and was pleased that I wasn’t going to have to drink a whole lot more wine/white soda drinks! This Cabernet Sauvignon is a great every day wine. Has a nice mineral taste to it, cranberries detected and just a touch of bitterness. Not much to make you say “wow”, but again, given the price I wasn’t expecting too much.
Would I buy this again? You bet! I’d skip the Merlot and grab the Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon again to have as an every day wine! Would love to hear your thoughts on these wines!
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