December 30, 2010 | 10:12am
In the spirit of tying up loose ends, we're recapping some of our favorite food-related finds of the year. We've already recapped the Best Books, Battle of the Dishes, Just Offal, and several of the Best Recipes posted in 2010. Today we're scraping the Bottom of the Barrel to bring you the best swill five bucks can buy.
Boozing on the cheap is a risky endeavor, and we've downed plenty of bottles over the past year to find the cubic zirconias in the rough. (Ain't no diamonds in this bunch.) Even if we're not steering you down the epicurean path of good taste, at least we're helping to lead you to the a bottle that lessens bitter-wine-face and leaves you with a couple bucks in your pocket. And if you're looking to do some serious damage to your internal organs and sense of dignity, here's a short list of the Top Five Lighter Fluid Alternatives at the end of this classy bunch.
Do not question the will of Rex Goliath, the namesake 47-pound circus freak of a chicken gracing the label. This kickin' chicken is one of those rare success stories in the bottom of the barrel circuit, where a cheap price point doesn't necessarily translate to notes of furniture varnish and shoe polish. It's a respectable, robust red wine that would pair well with any red-blooded entree, and promises not to embarrass you if you present it as a hostess gift.