It’s officially 2019. A time of new beginnings, looking forward to what the year brings and…retroactively paying off last year’s holiday purchases. While we’re certainly fans of indulging on a fancy bottle of bubbly here or there, we’re still a budget-conscious crowd when it comes to everyday drinking. So whether you’re looking to save, get the most out of your money or otherwise just hate overpaying for something to sip while hibernating with Netflix, here’s a list of our favorite wines that only cost $7.
Recommended $7 Wines
CK Mondavi Chardonnay (California); $7, 88 points. This is a trim, well-balanced wine that fills a nicely crisp frame with appealing lemon, green apple and butter notes. Light to medium in weight, it offers bright acidity to keep it refreshing while still delivering substantial flavor. Best Buy. —Jim Gordon
Quinta de Paços 2017 Casa de Paços Fernão Pires (Minho); $7, 87 points. The granite soil lends a mineral edge to this otherwise ripe, perfumed wine. With lychee and apricot flavors, the wine is ripe and ready to drink. Best Buy. —Roger Voss
Barefoot NV Merlot (California); $7, 86 points. Spicy aromas, good concentration and an off-dry flavor make this wine robust while staying rather soft and friendly for people who don’t love aggressive tannins. Best Buy. —J.G.
Schmitt Söhne NV Fünf 5 Riesling (Germany); $7, 86 points. While demure on the nose, fresh Asian pear and red-apple flavors make this light-bodied, semidry Riesling approachable and easy drinking. Brisk lemon-lime acidity leads a crisp, clean finish. Drink now. Best Buy. —Anna Lee C. Iijima
Fiuza 2017 Babu Red (Tejo); $7, 85 points. There is not an ounce of complexity in this straightforward wine. It is about attractive fruitiness that comes from the blend of Touriga Nacional and Cabernet Sauvignon. Blueberry flavors dominate along with balanced acidity. Drink now. Best Buy. —R.V.
Vistamar 2018 Brisa Sauvignon Blanc (Central Valley); $7, 85 points. Prickly lime and pine needle aromas set up a lean palate with sharp acidity. Tart, punchy citrus and passion fruit flavors finish with lasting tang and grip from green tannins. Best Buy. —Michael Schachner
Kirkland Signature 2017 Malbec (Mendoza); $7, 84 points. Aromas of ripe berry fruit and asphalt lead to a brisk palate with bright acidity. Flavors of grilled meat and red berry fruits end crisp and clean. Best Buy. —M.S.