Finding Affordable Wine: Great Wine on a Budget

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If you are a wine drinker, you know that not only are the choices endless but so are the range of prices. You can spend as little as a few dollars all the way up to hundreds or even thousands for a bottle. So, where do you start? I’ve compiled a short list of some great affordable wine that won’t break your budget.

Top 8 Affordable Wine Options

Here are 8 of my wine recommendations if you are on a budget.

Pontificus

This is a red wine available exclusively at Trader Joe’s. It is a deep purple color produced from a blend of three French grape varieties which yields a fruity, spicy taste. I recommended pairing it with meats in sauces, Mediterranean dishes, marinated game, and cheese. Priced at $6.99, this is a must try.

Confidencial Reserva Tinta

This is a red wine made from a blend of grapes from Portugal and aged in oak barrels. It produces a full-bodied, fruity wine with notes of oak. You can find this wine at most retailers, but Costco sells it for $7.99 a bottle.

OR Oregon Red Wine

This Pinot Noir is produced in Oregon. Aged in French oak barrels, this wine has an aromatic fruity and floral aroma. You can find this wine as low as $14.

Peregrine Mohua Sauvignon Blanc 2016

A white wine from New Zealand, expect lots of tropical fruit flavors with hints of herb and pepper. You can find this white at most retailers for under $12.

Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc-Viognier 2016

A white wine from Napa Valley, this blend is smooth and full bodied with a tartness and citrus flavors.  ou can find this wine priced around $17.

19 Crimes Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

One of my personal favorites, this is a full-bodied red with lots of fruit and spice. Priced at $10 it is worth a try.  Plus, every bottle tells a story. Go to their website and aim your smartphone at the label. The bottle will talk to you, which is a rather neat little incentive.

2016 Falesco Vitiano Rosato Umbria IGT

A Rose wine from Italy, this blend has red berry flavors with a tart finish. Try it for around $12.

Bella Glos Pinot Noir Las Alturas 2016

Rounding out the list is a Pinot Noir from California. Given a 90 rating by Wine Spectator, this Pinot is a pricey wine, but well worth it for a special occasion. Expect berry, oak, and hints of vanilla. Priced at $120 for a bottle, save this for a special event.

Bottom Line

Remember that wine drinking is a personal and subjective endeavor. What one person likes, another may not.  Part of the fun and experience of wine drinking is trying lots of different offerings to find your favorite. I’d love to hear some of your personal picks whether they be a budget wine or a pricier selection. Comment below with your favorites.

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