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Bracket of the finest $5 wines – Part 1

2011 March 15
by Katy

Chris and I get all pumped up about basketball this time of year, so we’re hosting a tournament of $5 wines in the spirit of March Madness!

Wine Rack - battle of the best $5 wine

The judges:

A select panel of the finest wine experts who happen to show up at Chris’ house to watch tournament games.

The wines:

We will have a battle of 6 wines – 3 white and 3 red.  Each of these costs $5 or less and can be found at Trader Joe’s.  We’ve seeded the wines based on price – more expensive = higher seed.  Here’s the bracket:

Best $5 wine tournament bracket

This weekend, we hosted the “white regional.”  Here are the three wines that competed for the top spot on that side of the bracket:

#1 Seed – Gaetano D’Aquino Pinot Grigio

#2 Seed – Green Fin White Table Wine

#3 Seed – Espiral Vihno VerdeBest $5 cheap white wines from Trader Joe's

The results:

There was a tough competition of the white wines over the course of the ACC tournament. Here are the results and the critique by the wine sommeliers (our wine drinking friends) :)

Third Place – Espiral. This wine was the driest of the three.  It’s dryness in combination with it’s carbonation makes it almost like a crisp, sweet champagne with an apple/ pear twist.  It’s biggest downside is it’s funny aftertaste.  The Espiral is my personal favorite, so I was disappointed to see it go down in the tournament. (9% alcohol)

Second Place – Gaetano D’Aquino Pinot Grigio. This is a little sweeter wine.  It had more fruit flavor, but was not overpoweringly sweet.  This was a favorite among the guys. (12% alcohol)

First Place – Green Fin. A long-time favorite among my college girlfriends, the Green Fin conquered in the white tournament.  It has a strong pear flavor with citrus undertones.  “This tastes just like juice.  Is there alcohol in it?” and, “this could be dangerous,” were the two most notable quotes by the judges.  This was a favorite by all of the ladies present, and we didn’t have any of the girls with preconceived Green Fin preferences participate as judges. (It does have alcohol, by the way – 12 %)

Green Fin white table wine

The winner!

And the red?

We’ll be hosting the red competition over next weekend’s NCAA tournament games, and we’ll be sure to keep you posted on the winner of the red competition as well as the overall winner!

Have any favorites that didn’t make it to the big dance of cheap wines?  Let us know so we can add them next time (and enjoy them in the meantime)!

Oh, and if you haven’t signed up for the real NCAA Bracket Challenge (basketball, not wine) that Chris set up, check it out!  The winner will be getting a 6-pack of our Wedding Ale!  Brackets are due by the time the first game starts on Thursday!

**UPDATE: See this weeks results – the winners of the red wine region of our bracket!**

**Another Update: We’ve made the final decision on the best wine for less than $5 – check out our latest post for the winner!**

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3 Responses
  1. Maria Mayorga permalink
    March 15, 2011

    Good Luck! We have had the Zarafa before. I think we liked it!

    • March 15, 2011

      Thanks, Maria! It’s actually the only red I’d had before too, and I love it! The others are going to have to be pretty tasty to beat it out in my book! (Good thing we have faithful wine judges other than myself!)

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