Wine Discoveries
The Guide to Exceptional Wines Under Eight Dollars

 

By Arthur Damond

New York Times wine columnist Frank Prial called Wine Discoveries, "a wine guide for the rest of us" in his January 1, 2003 column about Damond's unique newsletter that focuses on low-cost winners. "What Mr. Damond has done over the past quarter century," he goes on, "is show that wine is not necessarily an affectation or a mark of social status but a simple pleasure, a part of everyday life for people of modest means--and for anyone who enjoys a bargain.…Wine prices are inflated as much by hype and snobbery as by quality. He (Damond) provides a reality check."

Published for more than 30 years, Wine Discoveries features 18-24 recommendations, plus comprehensive surveys of one kind of white and one type of red (e.g., chardonnays, cabernet sauvignons, dry French whites, Australian reds, etc.).

Two Bargains to Try:

 
2009 Fetzer Chardonnay, California
($5.95-$8.95)
Nicely balanced with light oak, ample fruit and crisp acidity, this is a dry white of subtle nuance.
 

 

 



2009 Rosemount Estate Shiraz Cabernet ($4.95-$8.95)
This consistent Australian winner shows ripe fruit, intense flavors and a spicy finish.

 

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Wine Discoveries costs $25.00 per year (four issues) from P.O. Box 654W, El Cerrito, CA 94530. An SASE gets a sample of the newsletter. For more information, call (510) 558-8369.

A contributor to a variety of periodicals over the past three decades, Damond has written for the Wednesday San Jose Mercury-News and also has been judge at the prestigious annual San Francisco International Wine Competition. KTVU (the Bay Area's Channel 2) calls him, "arguably the guru of inexpensive wine."

 

www.damondswinediscoveries.com
Winter 2011