Three Wishes Wine for Three Dollars?

by Jennifer Stinnett on February 14, 2012

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!

three wishes wine, three wishes wine reviewMy 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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Chris June 19, 2012 at 4:27 pm

Just opened my first bottle of the Cab to test. Nasty, really nasty. The rest of the bottle is going down the drain. Compared to other cheap wines, I think the Bota box wine is much better. Haven’t tried the Charles Shaw?

Jennifer Stinnett June 20, 2012 at 9:37 pm

Thanks for commenting on the wine Chris! I was ok with the Cab considering the price … the Merlot however … not so much.

Charles Shaw … affectionately known as 2 buck chuck (but I think it’s up to 3 or 4 dollars now) is about the same level as 3 wishes in my opinion. Here is my review of that:

You can pick that up at Trader Joe’s! Happy wine hunting!

Donchi August 18, 2012 at 11:55 pm

Hm. I really liked the Merlot, until I read your article. Then again, I do tend to eat spicy dinners.

Susan August 23, 2012 at 7:56 pm

I just picked up a few bottles. I opened the cab, and like you, think it is a nice everyday wine. Great for the budget. Is there another Three Wishes Vineyard?

Amit October 6, 2012 at 5:55 pm

I am tasting Merlot as i type and its indeed on thinner side. I have a quick question: I saw a documentary on TV that how cheap wines are made within few days using yeast that are sold in super stores . You think Three wishes fall in that category?

Thanks for your insights :)

Ray Hagan October 7, 2012 at 5:55 pm

You say it has 13% alcohol, but it sure seems weak. Not really looking for a buzz,
but it should be stronger than say, coke.
Like you, I prefer the cabernet.

Jennifer Stinnett October 7, 2012 at 10:15 pm

Hey Amit ~

I have no idea! That’s a great question thou … I actually visited a wine store that used magnets to “age” their wine. They claim it was equal to 6 months of shelf aging. I’ll have to get that review up soon! Thanks for stopping by!
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Jennifer Stinnett October 7, 2012 at 10:18 pm

Hi Ray ~

ha .. ahh.. we hope our wine has more alcohol than coke!

I usually quote the alcohol content from the actual bottle … so it should be accurate to the year I had it. … I had to use the merlot with some white soda… Glad to hear there are others out there liking the Cab too! Thanks for stopping by!
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susan fierce November 13, 2012 at 10:53 pm

I love the Cabernet. Been drinking it as an everyday wine for about a year now. Just bought 5 cases of the cab for my daughter’s wedding.

The Chardonnay is very bite y to me. A little too much citrus.

Haven’t tried the Melot. Bought a bottle tonight to use in my mini-double chocolate and merlot cupcakes with semi-sweet choc. chip morsels. Yes! Yes! and Yes!

Jennifer Stinnett November 14, 2012 at 4:33 pm

ohhhh… Double Chocolate Merlot Cupcakes … mmmmm… Let me know how those turn out! If you’d like to share your recipe on Jennifer’s Review – let me know! JenniferReviews (take out the spaces)
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Anna November 18, 2012 at 8:18 pm

Just tried the Cabernet and was pleasantly surprised! It tastes like house wine you might get in a pitcher at a pizza place. Not the best wine in the world, but enjoyable and worth drinking. A good weeknight wine.

Milly November 25, 2012 at 12:41 pm

Hi just tried the merlot, I too like more boldness in my wines but I must say for $3 not to shabby. After all one can’t be so critical of a $3 bottle of wine.

Auntmisbehaving February 6, 2013 at 6:26 pm

I am loving my Three Wishes cab sav! Just bought 2 cases.

Polly September 7, 2013 at 7:30 pm

Could not agree with you more. Bought one bottle of the Chardonnay, thinking maybe my “three wishes” would be–I wish I wasn’t drinking this wine, I wish I wasn’t drinking this wine, I wish I wasn’t drinking this wine. No risk at under 3! I liked it!
I really liked it! Yah, probably not a 20 dollar bouquet, but think of the money we can use for other things…

Heather November 8, 2013 at 1:02 pm

Thanks Jennifer–great blog–here’s my take:

HH: Three Wishes Cabernet Sauvignon for Three Dollars @ Whole Foods Market

When you pour it seems light; the bouquet is not anything special; but I guess the good news is that this wine is DrInKable…

It’s bright for a red and goes down easy.

It’s clear and clean and has a finish that’s not the best cause it seems to have a twinge but then it’s gone.
In other words, one of my favorite parts of a good wine is the finish if it’s good and lite and lovely; this finish is a bit tart/or harsh but it still manages to go down easy.

My advice; do not spend any time on the bouquet drink it quickly and don’t pay attention to the notes; but all that said—it’s not bad! It’s fine! It’s missing the nuances of a good red & you knew that cause it’s 3 bucks!! But is it good enough to drink? Drink up!

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