Check out some of the market's best value wines, right around the $10 mark (some will be priced up or down $2-3 depending on your market and retail sales). These budget friendly wines have good consumer accessibility at very welcoming price points. They are easy to find, easy to drink and very food-friendly (three pre-requisites that most wine lovers appreciate!). Got a favorite cheap wine you would like to recommend? Share it below.
Tempranillo is one of my favorite red wine grapes - the soft, supple, lean lines similar to Pinot Noir are swirled with an infusion of some serious spice appeal. Northern Spain's well-known Tempranillo is a popular go-to wine for its food-friendly nature and incredibly cost-conscious pricing. The 2010 Campo Viejo Rioja brings a classic, wallet-savvy example of Rioja's famous red grape. Expect plenty of dark berry fruit on the nose wrapped with vanilla and clove spice and a touch of smoky character. The palate profile brings an easy-going medium-bodied wine centered around a fruit-driven core, with amiable tannin, remarkable balance, and a fine finish. Perfect for pairing with a spread of tapas, grilled veggies and meat, pastas with plenty of pork, and dry-cured regional ham.
Cupcake Vineyard's Prosecco is a fun, sparkling addition to the Cupcake portfolio. Offering Old World Italian charm in a light and airy format, this sparkler brings citrus to the forefront with solid acidity from start to finish. A favorite budget-friendly sparkling wine!
Vinho Verde is an extremely popular, everyday wine in Portugal. This particular Vinho Verde from Broadbent showcases plenty of citrus, with ultra zesty acidity and a fun, effervescence - it is light, refreshing and just perfect for pairing with seafood. Not to mention that the label is downright darling!
Ironstone's Obsession Symphony
If you happen to be looking for a new "cheap wine" to try this one's a keeper! Ironstone's Symphony is a lighter-styled white wine with decadent floral aromatic, ripe apricot and subtle citrus on the palate. This is a tried and true everyday white wine that is just plain delicious!
Apothic Red brings a tasty blend of Zinfandel, Syrah and Merlot with ample fruit and plenty of food-pairing versatility. This is an easy wine to like on several fronts: the price, the fruit forward appeal and it's perfect for everything from pizza to pasta.
This is a single vineyard white wine that starts with straw-yellow hues in the glass and quickly mixes things up with plenty of green Granny Smith apple, tangy citrus components and a touch of florality on the nose. The palate profile reveals more zesty citrus fruit wrapped up in bracing acidity, a decent dose of minerality and solid balance. This Chilean white wine wraps up with a classic dry, fairly crisp finish. A perfect pairing partner for shellfish, roasted poultry, veggie-driven fare and softer cheese options.
Chateau Ste. Michelle
As one of America's most popular Rieslings in the value-wine market, this off-dry Riesling brings plenty of sweet peach and lemon-lime nuances to the glass. A favorite for taming the hot spice of Thai or other hot Asian fare, this well-priced Riesling is equally refreshing on its own.
This is a yummy value-driven California Cab, bringing plenty of dark cherry, plum and blackberry fruit to the table. The Mondavi Private Selection tier focuses on fruit-forward, approachable wines that make their mark as "everyday" wines for dinner or impromptu gatherings. This one is delicious with milk chocolate!
9. Clos du Bois Chardonnay (CA) $10
Clos du Bois is a terrific everyday white wine with full-flavor and full-body. The fruit structure leans heavily towards green apple and Bosc pear, with a creamy texture and buttery character. Although this wine only makes the $10 mark when you find it on sale, it is a staple when it comes to consistent Chardonnay at a very reasonable price.
Made for today, this friendly Zin is ready to rock with its cherry, raspberry and blackberry components, a dash of pepper and medium-bodied style. You can often find this Zinfandel priced in the under $10 at local retail wine shops.