Good wine can be inexpensive, if you know where to look

07/03/2013 4:00 PM

07/03/2013 4:00 PM

Folks, I need help. I’m an avid wine fan but paying $10 or more for a glass of Cakebread Sauvignon Blanc in a restaurant prevents me from enjoying the wine.

And there are many glasses offered in this city north of the $10 mark. We are not too far behind the coasts when it comes to wine pricing. So I looked around for wine bargains.

Now I need a calendar to keep track of them all. And I hope you will let me know about your favorite wine bargain. That way I can drink more wine.

Accurso’s

(5044 Main St., 816-753-0810). Tuesdays and Thursdays they offer half price wine by the glass. Wednesday, bottles of wine are half price.

Classic Cup

(301 W. 47th St., 816-753-1840). January, February and sometimes part of March are when all wines at the Classic Cup are sold for cost. They sell them that way until they run out of wine, and then they start over, filling their cellar up again. Good time to stock up.

Louie’s Wine Dive

(7100 Wornall Road, 816-569-5097). A place with the name “Wine dive” should have some wine specials. And once a week, they do. Every Monday they have a fire sale of all the wine they have opened over the last week. Special low prices. Everything must go.

Voltaire

(1617 Genesee St., 816-472-1200). If you can start drinking early, happy hours are the place to get inexpensive wine prices. For instance, Voltaire, in the West Bottoms, has four-dollar wine by the glass. French. White, red, and rose. That means you can get the equivalent of a bottle of wine for $20, or $16 if they give a generous pour. But you have to be there from 4 to 6:30 pm. Voltaire is only open Wed. through Sat.

The Capital Grille

(4740 Jefferson St., 816 531-8345). Speaking of a generous pour, I saved the best until last. I tasted the wines Capital Grille offers for their summer wine event and they are delicious. Each year in July and August, you can get a flight of wines for $25. This year all the wines have received 90 point or more scores from a wine expert. Some of the wines are usually available only at the wineries. One of them hasn’t ever been sold here until now. The name of the event is The Generous Pour and that’s what you can expect. For $25!

Here’s a quick list (no vintages or place of birth) of this years wines:

• La Crema Pinot Gris. This is the wine coming to Kansas City for the first time.

• Matanzas Creek Sauvignon Blanc

• Freemark Abbey Chardonnay.

• Hartford Court Pinot Noir. Very small production.

• Kendall Jackson Merlot. Usually available only at the winery.

• Atalon Cabernet Sauvignon

• Arrowood Syrah

While I was guzzling wine at Capital Grille, I met the folks from the Valencia Group. They’re the people putting Hotel Sorella on the Country Club Plaza. Vice President Roy Kretschmer and General Manager Robert Leyva said all the restaurants in their properties are rated 4 or 5 stars.

I wonder if they’ll have wine specials?

Lou Jane Temple's road to food has been a long and winding one. First as a rock n roll caterer back stage to the stars, then with her own Kansas City based catering company, Cafe Lulu, food writing, novelist, private chef. Lou Jane has written and had published nine culinary mysteries and one cookbook. She recently moved back to Kansas City and eagerly awaits the next chapter of her food career.

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