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Put A Cork In It

OK, we’re about to lift up our proverbial skirts and risk the shame and condemnation of wine enthusiasts the world over. For less than the cost of a gallon of gas, you can get tanked on a surprisingly good bottle of vino. From Wal-Mart.

It’s award-winning (at a State Fair, but still), isn’t a screw-top, and unlike most things at the mega-store, not made in China.

We purchased the first $2.97 bottle of the Pinot Grigio/Chardonnay blend as a complete goof (along with squeeze cheese and Little Debbie’s, also joke purchases. Swear to God.)

While hosting an intimate dinner party and imbibing on $30 bottles of white, horror of horrors, we ran out of the good stuff. When a guest pulled the Oak Leaf out of the wine refrigerator, we hoped for the best because we knew we couldn’t divulge the crisp, fragrant, apple-like skeletons in our oakey, honeysuckle-kissed closets.

To our surprise, and delight, the bottle got rave reviews and even an enthusiastic endorsement from the resident wine snob in the group who urged us to tell him where we purchased the treasured vessel. And we know what you’re thinking. The next weekend, we tried a bottle sober. Still a winner.

We can’t give the same praise to the reds from Chateau Walmarté, but the whites will definitely put big yellow smiley-faces on the guests at your next dinner party. And with the money you save, you can serve steak instead of SPAM.

Available at Wal-Mart and Neighborhood Market Stores that sell wine