Fun, Great Value Wines

I am definitely not one to choose a wine by its label. I learned long ago that cutesy labels often hide not-so-great wine, so I rarely, almost never buy any wine without tasting it first even if I like the looks of it.

When I received some very fun-looking wine samples a few weeks ago, I was curious about what was inside the bottles with the quirky labels and names, and tasting was the only way to find out.

Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc

I was sent a bottle of Mumbo Jumbo Pinot Noir and a bottle of Lobster Reef Sauvignon Blanc, and I ended up absolutely loving both of them. While it’s nice that  our wine fridge tends to be full of wines that are a little more collectible, it certainly leaves us looking for wines for everyday. These two definitely fit the bill.

Mumbo Jumbo Pinot Noir

{Mumbo Jumbo Pinot Noir: Suggested retail price: $12.99-14.99}

The Pinot Noir is fun, flirty, and fruity. It’s light in color but really juicy and bursting with flavor. It offers burst of fruit after fruit, cherries and strawberries, without being sweet or cloying at all. Suggested pairings include duck and lamb stew, and I think it would be absolutely perfect with one of my favorite salmon recipes, this Salmon with Cherries and Zinfandel.

Lobster Reef Sauvignon Blanc

{Lobster Reef Sauvignon Blanc: Suggested retail price: $10-15}

The Sauvignon Blanc brought forward some classic New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc flavors, that bit of grassiness and punch of grapefruit. It is nicely acidic but also has a ton of mineral notes on the finish. This wine is a delight. Suggested pairings include shellfish and goat cheese. This wine would be a perfect oyster wine.

I received these wines as samples, however all opinions are my own.

On another topic, our condo is for sale! If you know anyone of looking to buy a condo in Dorchester/Boston, please feel free to pass along the listing:

The kitchen is definitely one of my favorite places in the whole property; perfect for cooking and dance parties and wine tasting. :)


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  1. Molly Galler’s avatar

    Love the Mumbo Jumbo label! Very fun.


  2. Erica @ In and Around Town’s avatar

    I am always looking for good – cheaper wines, thank you for the recommendations!


  3. Megan’s avatar

    I think I would love that Sauvignon Blanc. Good luck with the condo!


  4. Michelle Lahey’s avatar

    I’m always down for affordable, tasty wines – I’ll have to seek these out!


  5. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic’s avatar

    I could always go for some new affordable and delicious wines! I’ll be on the lookout for these.


  6. David @ CookingChat’s avatar

    Haven’t heard of either. Good value Pinot not easy to find, so will have to keep my eye out for that label!


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