Here are my current Top 10 best inexpensive wines for $15.00 or less….I buy all of the wines on this list for my own personal pleasure and for entertaining guests. I also get a lot of use out of them after I am burnt out from doing homework with my kids! I am no wine snob, but God knows I need my vino! What about you? LOL!!!!
We all want to get the most bang for our buck, especially when it comes to wine. While there are plenty of occasions that warrant an expensive bottle, most of the time we are all looking for delicious selections that are easy on the wallet. Psst! I live on a budget! Well, I try my best to, but with a family of four hungry people, co-workers, clients, friends and anyone else who visits our home it can be a challenge, and the best place to start is with wine! I do remember the days when I could buy super expensive bottles and down them without thinking twice, but for now, those days are in the past. Wine is mandatory in my household! I buy wine that is priced right so I can buy a lot of it, and each bottle provides something special and satisfying. It is kind of like having the ability to transport ourselves to that specific region without ever having to board a plane. The picture of me above was taken in this amazing wine cellar in my husband, Tyson’s, home country of Canada while we were wine tasting in British Columbia. A few summers back we took a family road trip in a huge RV and stopped through one of the largest wine-producing regions in Canada called Okanagan Valley of British Columbia . The wine there is superb, but unfortunately we cannot import to the states. Figuring out how to import Canadian wines is on my to-do list. But for now, here is my list of inexpensive wines we can get here…
Don’t forget that wine does a body good! Health benefits of wine!
Ali in the Valley
1. Mezzacarona Pinot Grigio: Pinot Grigio from Vigneti delle Dolomiti, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy. Available at Trader Joe’s $6.99 and Cost Plus World Market $7.99. The flavor is rich, crisp, dry, and elegant. It brings impressions of green apple, slight lemon-lime, peach, and honey. It is very smooth and drinkable. Elegant, flavorful and affordable, Mezzacorona Pinot Grigio is a refreshing everyday pour. A breezy bouquet of floral aromas followed by crisp, fruit flavors makes Mezzacorona Pinot Grigio the perfect pairing with grilled shrimp and light fish dishes. Psst! I’m drinking this as I am working on this blog!
2. Zonin Prosecco: Straight-forward and clean, the brisk non-vintage Zonin Prosecco is a deliciously fine bubbly at a great price; nice, core fruit flavors prevail. Available at Trader Joe’s $6.99 or BevMo. Great for making Mimosas.
3. VINTJS Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc: It is a crisp, dry, and citrusy white, with grapefruit, lemon, and apple notes that carry through to a bright, refreshing finish. Sold at Trader Joe’s for $7.99.
4.Cocobon Red Wine: My personal favorite! “We’ve blended our favorite Bordeaux style varietals into a rich, silky wine with a soft, luxurious finish. Delight in aromas of ripe cherries and hints of sumptuous mocha that will fill your senses. Pair with roasted lamb or mint coulis or even a dark chocolate soufflé to deliver that zen moment we all need. It is available exclusively at Trader Joe’s and retails for $7.99.
5. Apothic Red: A captivating blend of Syrah, Zinfandel and Merlot. Apothic Red from California reveals intense flavors of rhubarb and black cherry complemented by hints of mocha, chocolate, brown spice and vanilla. The plush, velvety and smooth finish round out this intriguing, full-bodied red blend. Pair with aged cheddar or grilled Italian sausages. Sold at Trader Joe’s and Cost Plus World Market for $8.99.
6. Soul Sister Pinot Noir is an expressive, rich ruby wine with flavors of ripe cherries and strawberries, a hint of vanilla and a smooth finish. It is my pick for grilled chicken night! Sold at Cost Plus World Market for $7.99.
7. Astoria Pinot Grigio Alisia: Made from 100% Pinot Grigio Alisia and hand harvested from Astoria’s estate vineyards in Veneto, Italy, Astoria Pinot Grigio Alisia is filled with fruit flavors. Pair with pasta primavera or grilled vegetables. Sold at Cost Plus World Market for $12.00
9. Cline Zinfandel Flavors of black cherry and strawberry seduce the palate. Complexity is provided by spice notes, a lasting finish of vanilla from oak aging, and firm, supple tannins. We call it ‘Original Zin.’ Sold at Trader Joe’s for $7.99.