Substitute wines to enjoy during a "Wild Child" virtual tasting

My curated list of easy-to-purchase, affordable bottles that serve as great substitutes for the wines in In Good Taste's "Wild Child" flight.

Some context

I've been hosting a lot of virtual tastings of In Good Taste's "Wild Child" flight. It's a charmingly-eclectic collection of lesser-known wines from all over California. But sometimes the wine can't be shipped quickly enough, or doesn't ship to a particular state. So, here's a collection of easy-to-purchase, affordable bottles (teens to low $20s) that mirror the grapes (and often, styles), of the wines in the Wild Child flight.

(Note: the following post contains affiliate links, so I may make a small % for any purchases made through these links)

"Wild Child" wines

For those not familiar with the flight, these are the wines:

  1. "La Pluma" Vermentino - Lodi-Clements Hills, 2019
  2. "Game Theory" Viognier - Paso Robles, 2019
  3. "Stealing Thunder" Rosé of Grenache - Santa Ynez, 2019
  4. "Red Tide Wines" Grenache - Paso Robles, 2019
  5. "Mr. B" Sangiovese - Sonoma Valley, 2018
  6. "Game Theory" Tempranillo - Sierra Foothills, 2018
  7. "Fortune Favors" Mourvedre - Napa Valley, 2017
  8. "Balance of Powers" Dolcetto - Russian River Valley, 2019

Easy substitute wines

Here's my list of corresponding similar wines with links, as they ship to most states (and even have an Amazon Prime-esque program called "StewardShip" that will get you free shipping all year long for just $50!)

  1. Argiolas Costamolino Vermentino 2019 ($17)
  2. Cline North Coast Viognier 2019 ($14)
  3. Browne Family Vineyards Grenache Rose 2018 ($20)
  4. Robert Oatley G-18 Grenache 2018 ($14)
  5. Ziobaffa Organic Toscana 2015 ($12)
  6. Matchbook Tempranillo 2014 ($16)
  7. Bodegas Hijos de Juan Gil Juan Gil Mourvedre 2017 ($15)
  8. Fontanafredda Briccotondo Dolcetto 2016 ($15)

If can't ship to you for some reason you can be a useful tool to find wine locally.

Another tip for doing tastings with full bottles is to use a Coravin. A coravin punctures a very small hole in the top of the cork that wine can be poured our from, without actually opening the bottle (and hence starting the ~5-day shelf life countdown)! I own one and find it to be magical.

Source: Coravin

I hope all the above is helpful to you! 

- Kyle

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