When you spot a wine on the shelf that is selling for $6, one of two things will happen: you will scowl and move on or your curiosity will get the best of you and you will purchase it. My curiosity has always gotten the best of me, so I bought the $6 bottle of Lindeman’s Bin 99 Pinot Noir 2008 and indulged.

An Australian wine, Lindeman’s is a very basic Pinot Noir. There are no bells and whistles with this wine, no exotic lingering flavors or intriguing notes. A simple fruity taste and a light ruby color, it is simply a common Pinot that is ideal for a home cooked dinner or a middle of the week drink with friends. Perfect value for the price point, this wine would pair perfectly with spaghetti and meatballs or a chicken parmesan dish.

Keep a couple of bottles of this wine on hand for everyday use, maybe even for cooking/adding to sauces. It is a lower-end but delicious Pinot Noir, worth every bit of its $6 price point.