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11. Smoking Loon Syrah (CA) $10

Don & Sons
The Smoking Loon Syrah is a dynamite deal for just $10 a pop. The nose gives you hints of chocolate dipped strawberries and the palate reveals dark cherry, cranberry and a bit of blueberry. On the palate evolution you'll notice some earthy undertones and a bit of pepper. This Syrah has an intensity that can stand up to a variety of flavorful and well-seasoned red meat dishes.

12. Mulderbosch Rose (South Africa) $9

Mulderbosch
Vivid pink colors and wildly flavorful, this engaging South African rosé from Mulderbosch brings intense aromas of strawberry, raspberry and roses to the nose. The palate busts out some significant red fruit, followed by delicious acidity and a bright, balanced profile. A top pick wine for pairing with a wide assortment of foodie favorites, the Mulderbosch rosé is a go-to wine when looking for value and versatility.

13. Folie a Deux Menage a Trois Red (CA) $10

This may be one of my favorite cheap, go-to reds around. Everyone likes this wine, it's got ripe jam-driven red fruit, soft, silky tannins and it's a palate pleaser through and through. This is not a big, bad, complicated red to over analyze, just fruit-forward and fun from start to finish.

14. Alamos Malbec (Argentina) $10

Alamos

Good solid berry fruit structure with a healthy dose of spice, the Alamos Malbec does a fine job in the under $10 category.

15. Jaboulet Parallele 45 Rouge (FR) $10

This is one of my favorite Rhone Valley reds in the bargain wine market.  The Parallele 45 is a consistent Grenache-Syrah based blend year in and year out. Cherry and blackberry dominate the fruit profile and an attractive smoke and earth contingent supports the fruit structure. You can expect beautiful balance, subtle, silky tannins and a nice smooth finish.

16. Mirassou Moscato (CA) $10

Mirassou
One of the most popular Moscatos on the market, the Mirassou Moscato is well-priced and exceptionally well-distributed. For those looking for a tasty white wine that offers a sweet, bubbly treat, the search stops here.

17. Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc-Viognier (CA) $10

Pine Ridge

Highly aromatic, the 2010 Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc-Viognier brings an "out-of-the-box" blend of two white grape varieties with loads of spice and full-blown florality on the nose and gobs of exotic, ripe fruit on the palate.  This wine is a sensory theme park with enticing smells and flavors from start to finish.  A touch of residual sugar brings the zippy acidity into complete harmony and the off-dry style is downright refreshing.  

18. Mark West Pinot Noir (CA) $10

Mark West Wines

The 2009 Mark West Pinot Noir is consistently one of my favorites in the value red wine category.  The fruit components of juicy strawberry and ripe raspberry are the first to hit the nose.  The palate reveals more red fruit, subtle vanilla tones and an easy-going, food-friendly structure. This is a medium-bodied, uncomplicated, lighter-styled red that brings solid value and plenty of food-pairing flexibility, year in and year out.

19. Segura Viudas Brut Rose NV (Spain) $9

Segura Viudas
If you are looking to shake things up, then you might want to consider this bright pink sparkler from Spain. You will find a good dose of citrus on the nose and buckets of strawberry mingling with raspberry on the effervescent palate. Good acidity, a surprising finish and a great price make this Brut Rose a perfect pick wine for any occasion.

20. Ravenswood Vintner's Blend Zinfandel (CA) $10

Ravenswood
Ravenswood has been making extraordinary Zinfandel for decades, the Vintner's Blend is their entry-level Zin and packs fresh, raspberry and cherry aromas with solid fruit, yummy spice and a nice finish. If you are looking for a good value Zin that will come alongside a variety of grilled favorites, this is a top pick.
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