So guess what? I have what may sound like an odd suggestion to my fellow wine lovers. But I'm totally serious. If you have a Grocery Outlet store in your area, check it out for your next bottle of wine. Grocery Outlet is a discounted grocery and merchandise store, and the selection they carry is wide and unpredictable. But, they have an "upscale" wine and micro brew section with discount price tags attached. The bottle I'm currently drinking is a Washington Hills (hadn't heard of it before) 2007 Chardonnay and it's pretty good. It's a drier Chardonnay, yet ripe and mellow. Very well rounded. And it cost a whopping $3.99. Better than two buck chuck at Trader Joes.
At Grocery Outlet in Boise I ran across this line of wines (Marlargo). I admit I initially bought them because I fell in love with the bottles. But the wine was actually good! And if I remember right each bottle only cost $3.99 as well. The wine is long gone, but I saved the bottles and they are now displayed as decor on top of my kitchen cabinets.
Grocery Outlet gets my thumbs up for wine (and inexpensive grocery items as well)!