10 Amazing Wines That Cost 10 Bucks (Or Less)
Americans are drinking more wine than ever before. Between the multitudes of studies linking a daily glass of wine with good heart health and the sheer enjoyment of sipping a nice glass of vino with a delicious meal, this is a good time to get into the grape scene. Even better, the influx of young adults who are getting into wine is leading winemakers to make consumption and enjoyment accessible to people with all budgets.
To find fantastic wines within your budget, head to your local Trader Joe’s, BevMo or your favorite wine warehouse and start chatting up a sales rep. Chance are, the person in charge of the wine department knows a thing or two about their products. Let them know what you’re looking to serve it for or with (ie: “I’m making pork chops and I’m looking for something to pair it with” or “I need a great, inexpensive sparking white to serve at an outdoor party”), as well as how much you’re willing to spend (and be honest!). Really, if you don’t want to plunk down more than $8 per bottle, say so. There really are fantastic options for every budget.
You can also check out companies like Second Glass, which feature apps and events that help you figure out what you like, wine-wise.
To get you started, I’ve compiled a list of my favorite wines under $10. Have a favorite I missed? Let me know in the comments!
- Honey Moon Viognier ($5): This is possibly my favorite low-priced white these days, and it drinks as well as many much more expensive Viogniers, while costing about a quarter of the price. Keep it in the refrigerator or on ice, and serve with cheese, shellfish, crisp, light salads and/or fruit.
- Gaetano d’Aquino Orvieto Classico ($6): This dry Italian white wine, is perfect with creamy pastas, simply-prepared seafood like mussels, clams or dover sole and egg-based dishes, like quiche.
- Trader Joe’s Coastal Chardonnay ($5): I throw this one in my basket ever time I go to TJ’s. It’s dependable, refreshing and delicious. I love to drink it on the porch on warm evenings, or with creamy risotto, any dish cooked with lemon, or herb-roasted chicken.
- Smoking Loon Steelbird Chardonnay ($10): This is an ideal picnic wine. Pack it along with breads, cheeses, charcuterie and fruit.
- Cupcake Prosecco ($8): This fun, sparkling prosecco is your key to affordable mimosas. Serve it with orange, pomegranate, or cranberry juices for a perfect brunch elixir. It’s also great served in flutes with a raspberry dropped into each one.
- Bogle Zinfandel: This one will have you checking the price tag as you drink it, since it tastes much more expensive than it is. Pair it with meatballs, tacos, lasagna, or a simple spaghetti carbonara.
- Red Truck Merlot ($10): This Sonoma all-American is just fine for a weeknight, but aerating it (either with a wine aerator or an immersion blender) will make it taste even better. Serve it with beefy foods, like burgers, sausages and steaks.
- Trader Joe’s Coastal Cabernet: Once again, TJ’s comes to the rescue. As far as pairing, this one stands up well to meaty, spicy foods. I love it with lamb, steak and Indian food, as well as earthy mushrooms and tempeh.
- Camp Viejo Rioja: This delicious Spanish Tempranillo is a pig’s best friend: serve it with prosciutto, ham, bacon-topped salads or roast pork.
- Ravenswood Zinfandel ($9): This readily available and easy-to-drink is perfect for Thanksgiving (pinot and Turkey are one another’s dream date), but I love it year round. During the cold months, I sip it with sautéed greens, baked pasta dishes, sweet potatoes and squash, and come Springtime, it shows up at every barbecue, chasing baby back ribs, hot dogs and grilled veggies.
Gabi Moskowitz is the editor-in-chief of the nationally-acclaimed blog BrokeAss Gourmet and author of The BrokeAss Gourmet Cookbook (May 2012) and Pizza Dough: 100 Delicious, Unexpected Recipes (November 2013). Most recently, she developed “Young and Hungry”, an ABC Family sitcom based on her life and writing. It premiers this summer (2014).