Not sure if there is another place on CU where folks chat about local wine finds, but wanted to share a few purely from a consumer viewpoint (i.e. not something the trade is flogging). I Like New Zealand sauvignon blancs, but some can be a bit aggressive on the tart,grapefruit qualities. Not so with the 2011 Starborough which is still crisp, but a touch riper and softer. After having a glass at a Grandview restaurant recently was surprised to find it on sale for just $11 in Krogers (till end of April, but still at this price point in some wine stores). Equally good on a hot day (I'm sipping a glass right now), the 2011 Chateau St. Michelle DRY Riesling. Yes, semi-sweet riesling is decidedly out of fashion, but this one is comletely dry, like they make in Alsace. Crisp and citrusy. Again, was on sale last month for just $9, but found it still at this price at Anderson's and got a case, which brings it down to a crazy $8.10/bottle. Be warned that if you like inexpensive American chardonnay, you may NOT like either of these two wines.
Super red for burgers or pasta is the Finca El Reposo 2009 Bonarda for $9. This is a fresh, fuity, inky colored wine made from a grape that hails from central Italy but was turned into more interesting wines by the Argentines (where have we heard THAT before?). Lastly, tried The Naked Grape California pinot noir (marked down to $8 right now in my local Giant Eagle) with some hesitation, as cheap pinot (especially French) is usually crap. Medium intensity wine with surprisingly good pinot flavors for a cheapie. Will get more, as pinot is something I use a lot with lighter fare in summer.