I have been drinking this wine for about as long as I have been drinking wine professionally. About the only thing that has changed in the past couple of decades is that the cork has been replaced by a screwcap (and regular visitors here know how welcome a change that is).

The Geyser Peak (about $12, widely available, purchased) remains one of the best made cheap wines in the United States — fresh, crisp, and enjoyable. The style has changed over the years, moving from more tropical flavors to the currently popular citrus, but it’s still nicely done. And the Geyser Peak a terrific food wine. I drank this last night with a Tex-Mex-style salad with chicken, black beans, and a red salsa vinaigrette, and the food wasn’t too spicy for the wine.

My only complaint? The Geyser Peak is not $8.99, like it was 10 or 15 years ago. But I found it on sale for $9.99 at my local Kroger, and given the state of U.S. wine prices these days, it’s probably going to be around $10 at a lot of stores over the next several months.

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