Night Harvest Merlot

There is a perception that for a wine to be good it must somehow be expensive. Even the wine you might pick up at your discount store for $8.99 or $10.99 isn’t really that good, right?

What about $3.99?

I was in our location establishment a week ago last Thursday. Wines are 20% off then so it is a regular trip. I periodically check out their discount basket but usually come across a very cheap vodka or an overly sweet white wine. But the blue and black label of Night Harvest caught my eye. On the back:

Deep ruby in color, this inviting Merlot offers bing cherry, sweet cedar, and raspberry aromas that precede rich plum and black cherry flavors. The finish is mellow and delicate with a hint of oak.

Ok, I thought, interesting description and only $3.99. Why not? The next night, Friday, I made some smoked boneless pork ribs with the All-Purpose Spice Rub and figured that the Merlot might go well.

That is an understatement. The fruit aromas and flavors went perfectly with the spicy meat and was absolutely delightful after the meal was finished.

Lesson to be learned that price does not dictate good wine. Only a sense of adventure will carry you forward.


  1. lawrenceez said,

    May 6, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    Great article, and agree wholeheartedly! The best red wine from my supermarket is the Economy one, priced cheaply. It’s full bodied but light at the same time, strong but not too srong, has a good flavour, sits nicely in the stomach, and is an all round good buy. Some of the more expensive red wines actually taste pretty awful and have a vinegar taste.


  2. tikiman1962 said,

    May 9, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    Red wine vinegar is fine…if that is what you’re buying. Nice to hear you’ve been successful AND economical.


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