Trader Joe's, BevMo, and Whole Foods are great places to find budget-friendly wine. An aerator is great way to maximize flavor:
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Trader Joe's Coastal Chardonnay ($6)
    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.
  4. Smoking Loon Steelbird Chardonnay ($10)
    This is an ideal picnic wine. Pack it along with breads, cheeses, charcuterie and fruit.
  5. Cupcake Prosecco ($9)
    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.
  6. Bogle Zinfandel ($9)
    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.
  7. Ravenswood Zinfandel ($9)
    This readily available and easy-to-drink Zin 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. Come springtime, it shows up at every barbecue, washing down baby back ribs, hot dogs and grilled veggies.
  8. 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
  9. Trader Joe's Coastal Cabernet ($5)
    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 anything with mushrooms.
  10. Campo Viejo Rioja ($10)
    This delicious Spanish Tempranillo is a pig’s best friend: serve it with prosciutto, ham, bacon-topped salads or roast pork.