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Best cheap wines for a Metro Vancouver Thanksgiving

10/03/2014 09:25 EDT | Updated 12/03/2014 05:59 EST
Although there's a large selection of affordable wines available in B.C., a bargain-hunting Vancouver oenophile says most of the frugal wine drinkers he knows keep going back to the same bottle.

To help change that, Ron Wilson created the website Cheap and Cheerful, where he reviews affordable wines available in Metro Vancouver.

"It's like a voyage of discovery, when you try something new, anything that just hits you where you live. That's why I enjoy trying new wines," Wilson told CBC Radio's The Early Edition. "I love being able to tell people about it too."

A former CBC Radio host in Edmonton, Wilson produced a wine column for a decade. His passion for wine followed him when he moved to Vancouver, where he has been excited to try locally-produced wines, as well as imported bottles.

Wilson only reviews bottles under $25, and each of his posts tells readers where to find the wine at the best price in Metro Vancouver.

Here are two of Wilson's reviews for affordable wines to pair with Thanksgiving dinner:

Tinhorn Creek Merlot

Tinhorn Creek has produced a deep and delicious Merlot that can stand up to the savoury flavours of a traditional turkey dinner.

I'd recommend decanting this wine for an hour to enjoy all that this Merlot offers to the big feast. 

Available for $20.00 at B.C. Liquor stores, Swirl Wines in Yaletown and White Rock and Village VQA Wines in Kitsilano and Dunbar.

Road 13 Honest John's Rosé

Many people think Rosé is a summer wine, but in fact it's one of the most versatile food wines you can put on the table.

This wine is made in the French style so it's dry with flavours of red berries.

You can't go wrong bringing this wine to Thanksgiving dinner.

Available for $17.00 at B.C. Liquor stores.

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