As a person who is committed to exploring the possibilities of wines under $5.00, I'm always excited when I see a new $3.99 sticker at Trader Joe's.
In my experience, $3.99 is the magic number. With few exceptions, cheaper wines aren't worth buying. Just spend the extra pennies to get something in this price range.
If you want to spend more, I typically don't notice a difference in quality until $15 mark, so unless you're ready to commit, stick with the magic number.
Cellar No.8 comes from Asti winery in Sonoma County, CA. Asti was founded in 1881 by Italian immigrants and was one of the first California wineries to offer informal tastings to visitors.
After winning an international champagne competition in France in the 1960s, Asti became the second most visited site in California (Disneyland was number one). By the '80s, however, Asti had taken on more of an industrial flair, closing its tasting room and mass producing wines.
In 2001, Asti returned to their roots by reopening the tasting room and introducing Cellar No.8 wines. Their goal was to make approachable and high-quality wines at a good price.
Cellar No.8 Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
Nose: Dark berries, tannins, leather.
Taste: Dark cherries, tannins make this wine flat and wide, dandelion milk, honey.
Recommendation: I'm on my third bottle, and I'm sure I will be buying a fourth.
I've always enjoyed trying new things, whether it's a new type of food, a different wine, or just a place I've never visited before.