This feels like a well kept secret or perhaps an ignoring from shoppers: Fresh & Easy has the best selection of affordable wines in the entire city. You may be slaves to your Trader Joe’s or even Ralphs or Vons, but F&E actually has good, cheap, interesting wines that even look nice. I could write paragraph after paragraph to praise their $5.99 Montcadi Cavas–but that’s not why we are here: we are hear to talk about Monterey’s Wine Wrights, a mysterious California winery that are exclusively sold through F&E.
The wines is mysterious because there isn’t much information about them aside from their being one of the Fresh & Easy owned and distributed wines. (We did find that they are rom the Delicato Family Vineyards in Manteca, though!) Anyway, first things first: their labels are fantastic. They are simple, beautiful to look at, and all different, sharing the same theme of instructional drawings from the late nineteenth century. They play with mechanics, a hand pulling a pulley mechanized drill to another depicting a busy worktable, all hinting at the craft and expertise placed into each bottle, ensuring that each bottle is made with care–made (W)right!
We’ve only had the chance to try the Pinot Noir, which was a light-to-medium red with hints of raspberry. It’s pretty good and paired perfectly with both the nice tuna I had on Monday and the chicken we had on Tuesday. It’s a safe, crowd pleasing red that you’ll be buying repeatedly. At $10.99 each, they aren’t that cheap, but they are by no means expensive. They look nice and are great for gifting whenever wine-as-a-gift is appropriate. Try to grab some of the Wine Wrights at Fresh & Easy, where you can grab them by the bottle or case. (And, if you like, you could even grab them online from Tesco.)