Great Wines for $10 or Less
Trader Joe's, BevMo, and Whole Foods are great places to find budget-friendly wine. An aerator is great way to maximize flavor: www.amazon.com/VinLuxe-PRO-Wine-Aerator-Seconds/dp/B00GSWGCDI
- •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 ($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.
- •Smoking Loon Steelbird Chardonnay ($10)This is an ideal picnic wine. Pack it along with breads, cheeses, charcuterie and fruit.
- •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.
- •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.
- •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.
- •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 ($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.
- •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.