Feb 20, 2012

Franciscan Red Wine

"I am looking for a really, really cheap but good wine".  I recently visited my local British Columbia liquor store with this request.  I live in Coquitlam, and am lucky that my local store is absolutely massive and equipped with a stellar selection of wine.

I must note that I almost always only drink British Columbia wine.  I truly believe that we have some of the best wines in the world.  However, today was different.  I was on a frugal mission, looking the cheapest wine I could find, that was still good.  The man that I spoke to in the store asked me what I meant by cheap and I replied with around $10.  He laughed and said, how does $6.99 sound.

I thought he was joking.  Don't wines of that price only exist south of the border?

Franciscan California Red Wine (yes, just red wine - no grape varietals found here!), was the wine that I was led too.  I was skeptical, to say the least.  How good could a $7 bottle of wine really be?

I opened the bottle and used by trusty aerator to pour a glass.  Yes, you read that right, I aerated a $7 bottle of wine.  I studied the glass of wine - a nice ruby red colour and smelled fruity, with berry hints.  I took a sip, and then another and was shocked with how good it tasted.  It was extremely light wine, with hints of cherry and blackberry, and I liked it!  I shared my bottle and shockingly enough, those who tried it, liked it.  It even paired really nicely with my roast beef dinner.

If you are on a tight budget, but still like to have a glass of wine with dinner, I recommend that you try Franciscan California wine.  Let me know what you think.  

I am looking for good value wine suggestions, especially ones from British Columbia!  If you know of a great wine, that you think is a great value - leave a comment on this post! I would love to try and review it.


Tip:  This would be an awesome choice to make a sangria with.  My favorite is as follows:
  • 1 bottle of Franciscan California red wine (any red will do)
  • 1 lemon, cut into slices
  • 1 lime, cut into slices
  • 1 orange, cut into slices
  • 1 apple, cut into slices
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • Splash of orange juice
  • 2 oz of gin or triple sec (optional)
  • 3 cups of sprite or ginger ale
  • Seasonal berries, to taste
Mix all ingredients together, chill over night, if possible and serve over ice.   


  1. Thanks for the wine tip! How can you beat a nice $7 bottle. Pretty hard.

  2. I know! I have some awesome BC wines under 15$ (pretty good for VQA!!) that I am going to be posting in the next couple of days.. Stay tuned, and thanks for reading. =)

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  4. Spain La Casona De Castano $10 is awesome and no headache either.