Twitter #CheapWineChallenge

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A few days ago on Twitter, Raelinn of Wine Ophelia wine blog, came up with the idea for all wine tweeps to blog about one of their favorite wines for under $10. This idea came out of the reasoning that in this finicky economy a lot of wine consumers are shopping for good QPR (quality-to-price ratio) wine selections. Let’s face it - most people cannot pony up $20 or more on an every night bottle of wine. The good news is that nice every day wines can be found for under $10. The Twitter Cheap Wine Challenge has made it easy for you to search for those wines by using the hash-tag #cheapwinechallenge and there is a good chance you can find these wines at your local wine shop. So search on Twitter and follow the fun to see what other wine bloggers are enjoying for under $10.

Honey Moon Viognier 2008 (CA) $5.99 @ Trader Joe's

The wine I chose, the Honey Moon Viognier 2008, is a wine I selected as sort of a joke to enter into a Viognier blind tasting I was hosting in 2007. The vintage then was the 2005. Since that time, I have entered this wine in 3 other Viognier blind tastings and it has come in first place each time. Other winners have been the 2007 and 2008 vintages. Three of these blind tastings are recorded on this wine blog, so I will leave links for you to review the scores and competition. This serves as proof that just because this wine is $5.99, yes, I said $5.99, this wine should not be considered lesser quality than a $15 Viognier of like style.

Let’s get to the wine: The Honey Moon Viognier is a Trader Joe’s exclusive wine. What I like about this wine is that it remains fairly consistent from vintage to vintage and offers good varietal definition. It is made in an easy-drinking, fruit-forward style and boasts stone fruit aromas with ripe peach, subtle apricot, and honeysuckle undertones. On the sip the wine has a balanced mouth-feel with citrus-like acidity and finishes with delicate tropical and soft honey notes. If you have enjoyed this wine I would love to hear your impression. If you have not, what are you waiting for? Get out and grab a bottle and let’s hear what you think. Have a question about this post, friends? Feel free to leave a comment or send me an e-mail at

Review the three blind tastings below where the Honey Moon Viognier came in 1st place:

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