After all, last fall we touted “A $5 Rhone wine you can serve with pride” and then in the spring asked, “Could ‘chicken wine’ be best $5 white ever?” The typical retail price of about $8 a bottle is still a bargain for La Vieille Ferme, a simple, Old-World-style blend – it comes in red, white and rosè – that earns consistently high marks from the critics yet maintains its affordable price. And now we’ve grown so accustomed to seeing it on sale for $5 a bottle that it no longer sends us into town-crier mode.
So if you missed Calvert Woodley’s $4.99 sale price that expired on Tuesday, we apologize. But the good news is that the home of the original $5 sale, Chevy Chase Wine & Spirits has both the red and white on sale through the end of next week for a mere $5.48 a bottle, or $65 for a case of 12.
You can find it all over town for between $7 and $9 a bottle, which is still an awesome bargain. Either the red or the white (the rosè is harder to find), or both, would be perfect for those upcoming Halloween parties. And for those you’ll find red or white La Vieille Ferme also widely available in 1.5-liter magnum bottles for between $12 and $14. The red also comes in a 3-liter box – the equivalent of four regular bottles – for those big Halloween crowds, priced between $21 and $24 (and considerably higher in Montgomery County).
Check the slideshow for representative prices and availability at a wine shop near you.
Of the red 2009 La Vieille Ferme Cotes du Ventoux, the Wine Advocate’s Robert Parker wrote in the October 2010 issue, "A surprisingly flavorful, easygoing red, it provides tremendous relief to the beleaguered consumer looking for good quality at the $10 price point."
Imagine how much relief you’ll feel at the $5.48 price point!
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