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Now that my child is in college we have had to cut back on expenses. Mixing cheap wine with Kool-Aid (even the big gallons that only cost about $15.00) tastes really good. I only drink red wine, so I am not sure about whites. I get the best results by keeping them both cold and easily mixing one glass at a time. Also, I use sugar-free, store brand Kool-Aid, and save more money plus lots of calories!
By Judy from Memphis, TN
In regard to mixing wine with kool-aid, I have had the best results with store brand sugar-free raspberry. Burgundy is fine_I usually buy Carlo Rossi Chianti. I've even mixed it in the blender as an added ingredient in various fruit smoothies and it ended up great for Sunday brunch.
Store bought Wine Coolers are expensive so here are a couple of tips to make them yourself for a lot less money. No matter whether homemade or not, they are refreshing on a warm Spring or Summer day ;-)
Add a bit of sparkling water and ice to your favorite red, white, or rose wine or, my favorite, experiment with mixing wine with different fruit juices and/or flavored carbonated beverages.
By Deeli from Richland, WA
If you have a party or just like to drink wine, try 2 Buck Chuck from Trader Joe's. Great tasting and, for $2.00, it a deal. Prices do vary so in your area it may go for $3.00 or $4.00. It's from the Charles Shaw Winery.
By Carol from Massachusetts
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Also, check out wines from Portugal, some of the Aussie wines are still cheap, as are some of the Argentinian wines. Check the reviews and rankings on wines on sale at BevMo, especially when they are having their buy one get the second for a penny sale. We sometimes splurge and buy the 10-20 dollar bottles (sometimes ones a little more) during those sales, as it essentially halves the cost per bottle. Also, somteimes wine.woot.com (type in your browser just like that) has great deals, provided you are in a state that allows wine to be shipped directly to you (if not, write your congressional representatives and senators, as well as your state reps).
For everyday vin du table - I like the Gallo Livingston Cellars the best - The merlot is particularly good. P.S. When buying bargain wine, you may want to get a bottle and try it out to make sure it's in good shape - as sometimes they have been mishandled and get sour. (You can cook with them, then.) Also- red wines at a bargain place are usually a better value, because red wines IMPROVE with age! Whereas whites should be drunk young. I have even gotten good red vin ordinaire at the 99 Centy Store on occasion!
Trader Joe's wines are less than 3 bucks a bottle and are pretty good! We like the Shiraz.
The BEST way to save money on wine is to become a wine consultant. I am an independent wine consultant who gives personalized in home wine tasting parties. I earn extra money on my sales and I get 20% off the wine. The wines are world wide and because there is no "middle man" cost, you and your host and guests save! You are getting 30-50% off wines that would retail in stores for $30-$60. What could be better especially if you LOVE wine!
Need more info- contact me at amyswinecellar AT aol.com and I'll get back to you.
Here is Florida they have a liquor store that is a chain that price matches any ad. I find what I like in wine in an ad and circle the price and take with me to the store. I buy Livingston 3 liters and it is $10.99 at the ABC store and I paid $8.99 price match yesterday with a $1.00 coupon hanging on the bottle for a grand total of 7.99 for the 3 liters. That is a $3 savings. Always look for coupons if you buy a certain brand