Simply confirm your registered email address below and click "Reset Password." We will immediately email you a link back to the site where you can enter a new password for this account.
We've found your existing Indianapolis Monthly Insiders account. Please login below to complete the Facebook login process.
TRAD IRELAND, wine director of Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar:
Costco, Costco, Costco. I can’t say it enough. It’s the largest seller of wine in the country, which means it’s one of the largest buyers of wine. This is a great place to get every-thing, from your high-end Bordeaux to your everyday back-porch sipping wines. I look for the Kirkland label, an exceptional value because it’s unused juice that the wineries don’t bottle but sell to Costco. You get the same wine for far less money.
Also, look for Washington State wines. Bottles from here are some of the best quality, and they don’t carry the heavy price of Napa wines. Washington has some of the best Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Syrah on the planet.
RYAN NELSON, chef/owner of Late Harvest Kitchen:
Consider lesser-known varietals. A glass of Vinho Verde (pronounced VEENyo VAIRD) from Portugal is typically better priced than, say, a Chardonnay from California. And try it at a retail outlet first. Wine shops and liquor stores usually mark up the product by 1.5 percent, while restaurants add between 2.5 and 3 percent.
DENIS LYNCH, beverage manager of Vine & Table Gourmet Market:
Shop the “Value Regions.” These are wine regions where you can get great bang for your buck. Argentina, Chile, Spain, Portugal, and Australia are a few that spring to mind.
Illustration by Oliver Hibert
This article appeared in the August 2013 issue.
1 Top Five: Soul Food2 24 Cheap-Eat Spots3 25 Best Bars4 25 Best Restaurants5 Food and Drink Recipes6 15 Destination Dinners7 Five Great Road Trips 8 10 Notorious Crimes9 Top 20 Sports Bars10 50 Great Gifts
Copyright © 2014. All rights reserved.