I attended a wine tasting at Heinen’s on Friday night, and had the opportunity to sample a few of the wines that they feature in their “Bin 55” program – their favorites wines under $10. Hey, my kind of collection. #cheapskatewino

If you’re ever near a Heinen’s wine tasting, take my advice and get in there! For $10, you get a ton of wine samples (all different types) and a hearty sampling of food. And the servers are not stingy with the sample portions. Plenty enough for dinner. And dessert – brownie and blondies and cheesecakes oh my!

One of my favorite wines of the evening was a Pinot Grigio from Jail Break Vineyards in Washington’s Columbia Valley.


This one surprised me: crisp and fruity up front, not very sweet, with a nice acidic finish. It tasted of honeydew and lemon, and I even think I detected a little underripe strawberry. When I asked the wine expert, he clued me in to why I liked it so much. It contains 13% of my favorite grape – Gewürztraminer.

The blend breakdown isn’t printed on the label, but I found it on their website:


  • 78% Pinot Grigio
  • 13% Gewürztraminer
  • 6% Chardonnay
  • 2% Sauvignon Blanc
  • 1% Muscat Canelli

What an interesting find. It was on sale for $9.99. I think the regular price is somewhere around $12.99. A bargain either way.