It might be the best wine buy of the year – Chateau Ste. Michelle 2018 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon


Here’s an objective fact about wine:

whether any particular wine is “good” or “bad”

is purely subjective.   


Everyone has their own palate. 

What one person might love,

another person might spit into the sink.

There are no absolutes regarding quality and/or enjoyment

of any specific red, white or rosé.

Fortunately, there are some reliable, dependable

wine-rating resources. 

While we might not 100% agree with their opinion,

when these experts speak, we listen.

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It’s Wine Thursday, our weekly good-wine-

at-a-good-price-that-you-can-find review. 

This week’s we’re spotlighting a wine that

comes highly recommended by one of the

industry’s leading authorities. 




Wine Enthusiast has just released its

“Top 100 Best Buys of 2021” list. 

To come up with their favorite 100,

WE’s team tastes over 1,200 bottles that cost $15 or less.


Topping the list…Wine Enthusiast’s #1 Best Buy for 2021…

is a big red that will be familiar

to anyone who has spent time navigating the

supermarket wall-o-wine:  Chateau Ste. Michelle

2018 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.






For an entry-level, mass-produced value wine,

this is wonderful stuff. 

According to Wine Enthusiast,  “the flavors are ripe,

luxurious and remarkably fruit forward with the

oak pleasantly dialed back. 

It shows plenty of richness in the middle.” 

Do you pair your Cabernet with steak?

Good news.  With the money you save on

buying this high-value Cab,

you can move up from a T-bone to a Porterhouse. 




Chateau Ste. Michelle’s 2018 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

is quite easy to find.   

Total Wine carries is for $10.97.  The price at Walmart is $12.48. 

Target and Fred Meyer both sell it for $13.99. 

Ralph’s price is $14.27.  QFC has it for $14.99. 

Safeway’s price is $15.99.  You’ll find it at Albertson’s for $16.99. 

There are many online purchasing options. 

B-21 lists it for just $11.98. 

Empire Wine sells it for $12.95.

All-Star Wine has it for four more pennies, $12.99