A tasty bottle of wine doesn’t always have to strain your wallet. There’s great value to be found around the world, with many wine regions producing quality pours at incredible bargains.
While some countries like Portugal, Spain, Argentina, Chile, New Zealand and South Africa are already known for pumping out those delicious yet well-priced everyday wines, regions with a more premium vibe like California, Washington, Italy and France can dabble in value options as well. What’s the trick? Look for broad region-wide appellations instead of the geographically smaller, more focused ones. Instead of Napa Cab seek out a California AVA red. If Chianti Classico is a bit too pricy but you still want Sangiovese, look to reds labeled Toscana IGT.
From racy, herbal Sauvignon Blanc to plush Chardonnay and full-bodied reds, here are 13 good wines from around the world for the next time you want a delicious $10 bottle that gives immense pleasure for its low, low price.
Amalaya 2020 White (Salta); $10, Vivino or Wine.com. Fresh, inviting tropical aromas are on key and helped by the 15% Riesling in this Torrontés-based wine. A medium body is boosted by racy acidity… SEE SCORE AND REVIEW
Chateau Ste. Michelle 2020 Sauvignon Blanc (Columbia Valley); $10, Wine.com, Vivino or Total Wine & More. The aromas are light, with notes of kiwi, pineapple, herb and citrus. Fleshy feeling but lightly flavored tropical notes… SEE SCORE AND REVIEW
Fairvalley 2018 Pinotage (Western Cape); $10, Vivino. This wine starts off a bit reserved in character, though with time it reveals aromas of baked plum, cherry and blackberry coupled with licorice, tobacco leaf and light char… SEE SCORE AND REVIEW
Frescobaldi 2019 Remole Red (Toscana); $10, Vivino, WineExpress or Total Wine & More. Made with Sangiovese and a small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon, this thoroughly enjoyable red opens with fruity aromas of wild berries and a whiff of just-pressed grapes… SEE SCORE AND REVIEW
It’s a Headsnapper 2019 Chardonnay (Monterey County); $10, Wine-searcher.com. Lightly buttered pear-slice, browned butter and oak-toasted white-peach aromas show on the pleasant nose of this bottling…SEE SCORE AND REVIEW
Ryer Estate 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon (California); $10, Total Wine & More. This full-bodied wine marshalls generous black-fruit and oak-spice flavors and wraps them in fine-grained tannins for a velvety texture… SEE SCORE AND REVIEW
Seastone 2020 Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough); $10, Total Wine & More. This is a crisp, straightforward Marlborough Sauvignon that opens with fresh citrus notes like lime, grapefruit and waxy lemon… SEE SCORE AND REVIEW
Viña Casablanca 2020 Céfiro Cool Reserve Pinot Noir (Casablanca Valley); $10, Vivino. Cherry and candied berry aromas form the opening, while this everyday Pinot from a hot year displays rubbery tannins on an otherwise sound palate… SEE SCORE AND RESERVE
Volver 2018 Tarima Made with Organic Grapes Monastrell (Alicante); $10, Wine.com. Dark aromas of grilled meat and black fruits are normal for Alicante Monastrell, while this feels juicy and bright despite being fully ripe… SEE SCORE AND REVIEW