From finding good, and relatively inexpensive wines it was a pretty awesome December leading into Christmas and New Year’s. At my local liquor store, I could be found hovering over the Spanish and Portuguese Vintage aisles a fair bit. A couple of the Portuguese finds, both under $20 Canadian dollars could be in the wine finds of the year category. I might have to call these Wine Finds of the Month as they seem to become more regular. Good for all of us. Great wine at lower costs – really good for all of us during these inflationary times. We did splurge with a $50+ Mondavi at Christmas and a $27 Sangiovese Cab Sav from Italy for New Year.

I hope that you enjoy my thoughts and should you venture out to find some of the following for yourself that you enjoy as much as I did and still am!

Hacienda López de Haro Crianza 2018: $15.95

What you can Expect:  A medium to dry, very flavorful red wine that provides a nice long finish.  Received 91 points from Decanter World Wine Awards in 2021.  A steal at $16.  Stocked up for my day-to-day house wine for a while anyway.  A $20 version from 2016 is available, not tried it yet.

Borsao Berola 2017: $18.95

What you can Expect:  If you have a Christmas Day wine you should have a Christmas Eve wine too, right.  A full bodied smooth rich red full of red fruit flavor.  91 points from Josh Reynolds on  I have a few of these stored away.

Coutada Velha Signature Red 2019: $15.95

What you can Expect:  Bang for your Buck here my friends, another that I have stocked up on.  A blend of Aragonez, Trincadeira and Cabernet Sauvignon, medium in body, rich color and flavors of black fruits.  A very impressive bottle.

Bergamota Private Selection 2017: $16.95

What you can Expect:  Another steal.  Let this one breath to bring out its ripe rich structure, cherry, vanilla and chocolate come at you in this full-bodied Portuguese blend.  Have a few of these put away for years ahead.

Cono Sur Bicicleta Chardonnay: 2020: $11.95

What you can Expect: For 11 bucks I couldn’t resist taking this Chilean Chardonnay for a ride. A smooth ride it was. Light crisp and dry, very flavorful. Well worth it!

Viña Aquitania Chardonnay 2018: $19.95

What you can Expect:  You will note the wonderful fruity aromas right away.   A full bodied and flavorful Chardonnay.  Well worth a few extra bucks.

Umberto Cesari Liano: 2018: $27.95

What you can Expect:  Awesomeness, so much so that we had to have 2 bottles on New Year’s Eve.  We had it with rack of lamb, but suitable for any meats or just anything at all.  Full bodied, very smooth and very flavorful.

Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2019: $54.95

What you can Expect:  A little pricey but everything that you would expect from a Classic Cab from the Classic Mondavi Family.  Very full bodied with a firm texture, a little wow in your mouth.  A red meat wine but it does not mean that you can’t enjoy it with whatever suits your fancy.