linuxdave — September 18, 2006, 8:15 pm

Big Daddy Merlot 2002

Part of becoming a connoisseur of cheap wines is knowing where to look for them. I’ll share with you one of my little secret places I attempt to seek out cheap wine: the “Reduced for Quick Sale” shelf at your local supermarket. At Meijer, my local super-mega-ultra-store, this shelf is usually located in the bottle return area. Not a very pleasant place to be searching for wines, but just think of it as a treasure hunt! You may find a bounty of cheap wines that you never knew existed.

While picking over the wines yesterday, a cartoon label caught my eye: Big Daddy Vineyards Merlot. I picked up the March 2002 vintage for about 6 dollars.

Why was this reduced for quick sale? Was it worth enduring the stench of the bottle return area to bring home this wine? Yes, yes it was. It’s almost sad that this wine traveled all the way from Argentina to end up in my bottle return area.

Big Daddy

Big Daddy knows how to make a good cheap wine. Believe it or not, the first attribute of this wine I picked up on was the light hint of bacon. Mmm bacon. Who doesn’t love bacon? Big Daddy loves it, that’s for sure. Look at that belly! On top of the bacon was a strong berry with a leathery taste.

If you’re looking for a full bodied cheap red wine with a lot of character, give the Big Daddy Merlot a try.

Rating: 8/10 – High score for originality
Price: 6.00
Place of purchase: Meijer
Vineyard Info:
Big Daddy Vineyards
Mendoza, Argentina


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  1. Comment by Mario @ September 20, 2006, 3:25 am

    Dobbin Lane’s 2003 Merlot is a great bottle for under ten…$7.99 at Bristol Farms ( in Southern California. Nice and light, with fruit-forward notes of plums and berries with nice acidity on the finish. Almost like a Chianti in terms of its body.

    As far as wines from Argentina….La Yunta’s 2005 Torrontes is, hands down, one of the best damn white wines I have ever tried.

  2. Comment by George @ October 21, 2006, 3:19 pm

    Check out Meijer’s price on Genofranco Grillo this week 4 for $10 (now thats cheap!) not a bad wine with some light pasta or fish.

  3. Comment by Michael Liskowiak @ December 21, 2006, 5:49 pm

    I would like to know where, in Ohio, I can purchase Big Daddy wine. I purchased three (3) bottles in Cedar Key, Florida but have not been able to find them in Ohio. Can anyone help?

  4. Comment by linuxdave @ December 21, 2006, 6:08 pm

    Well, I got mine at a Meijer in Michigan, and there appear to be plenty of Meijers around Columbus. Try there, maybe?

  5. Comment by Monika @ February 22, 2007, 4:38 pm

    Big Daddy Merlot Wine, the price may be cheap but the taste is so fine and nice and light and full of flavor. I just picked up dozens of bottles at a local supermarket. The price was reduced to $4.99 a bottle and than I got 2 for 1. What a buy! What a taste!

  6. Comment by Chelsie @ August 6, 2007, 3:57 am

    Thanks for the tip! I am always on the lookout for a good bargain. I’ve even found a few decent bottles at Big Lots. I’ve added a link to your site on my blog… I hope you’ll take a look!

  7. Comment by Neal Margo @ December 29, 2008, 8:02 pm

    Where can I buy Big Daddy 2002 Merlot

  8. Comment by haylie huffman @ April 9, 2010, 1:44 pm

    i live in texas. can i buy somewhere here in houston?? specs??

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