We all know I love wine, and from the amount I buy and share with friends, I need to be on a budget sometimes. You don’t have to spend a ridiculous amount on great tasting wines or stick to “two-buck-chuck” to get a few bottles to supplement your wine cellar without breaking the bank! Below are a few of my recommendations.
Floriana Grüner Veltliner
I tried this Hungarian wine in my wine class and the entire class (including my teacher who is a master sommelier) was amazed by how great it was and for the price ($6.99 at Trader Joe’s). The notes are similar to a Sauvignon Blanc, crisp, dry with notes of green apple and peach. Serve it chilled and either have it with a meal or by itself. Fun fact: Wolfgang Puck loves varietal, for it’s high acidity! Get some awesome food pairing ideas from him.
St. Sagnol Rosé
Chill this berry flavored crisp rosé which is an excellent pairing with a salad, seafood, or just have a glass after work. The pink magic is blended with Grenache, Cinsault, and Syrah and an amazing $4.99 at Trader Joe’s. Flavors of strawberry and peach, you will be shocked by the flavor and richness the wine delivers for it’s price. Yes way, rosé.
I just had this Pinot Noir last week and loooooved it! It’s incredibly dark (not like your average Pinot color)- bold, spicy and jammy with flavors of black plum and cherry. This is another Trader joe’s wine and it’s only $7.99. Leave it open for a few minutes to let it breathe so you can really taste the goodness of the wine.
Laurent Dublanc Cotes du Rhone
Cotes du Rhones are great because they are easy to drink, food loving vinos. Wines from this area are absolutely delicious. They are a blend and not made of a single grape. This one in particular is a GSM blend-Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre. Subtle spice notes with flavors of cherry and raspberry. For $6.99, you really can’t go wrong.
Louis Jadot Beaujolais-Villages
This just made the $10 mark, at $9.99 a bottle it is produced from the Gamay grape (cousin to the Pinot Noir) and an amazing red for this price. A clear, garnet red with flavors of black cherry, herbs and gripping tannins. This is a light to medium bodied wine, but it seems a lot bigger since there’s a lot going on with your palate. The herbs and the minerality keep the wine lingering for a long time. Easy to drink and it will go well with a hearty winter stew or just a fun party wine.
VINTJS Syrah Paso Robles
The very bold Syrah is well-balanced with flavors of dark plum, vanilla, and spice. This is from Paso Robles and is $7.99. This Syrah is aged in oak for six months, which is where you get hints of the vanilla and baking spice. Another fun fact, this is a 2013, which is an excellent vintage and extremely abundant crop which is why delicious wines are available at an affordable price. Win, win!
There obviously are a ton more wines that are $10 and fantastic, but these are my favorites of the moment! Comment below for your $10 favorite cheapie wines.