Shopping for the perfect bottle of wine doesn’t have to break the bank. There are wineries from countless regions across the globe producing exceptional wines at affordable prices. Enjoy these 10 bottles that will blow your mind without blowing out your wallet.
2016 Quinta da Aveleda Loureiro-Alvarinho, Vinho Verde, Portugal
Vinho Verde is known for its incredibly refreshing white wines. Quite balanced with bright white florals, a strong mineral core, and a taste of coastal sea breeze, these wines are quickly gaining notoriety. A crisp sparkle and low alcohol will have you saying “Yes Please” a second glass of the 2016 Quinta da Aveleda Vinho Verde. The vibrant blend of Loureiro and Alvarinho work in beautiful harmony to create a remarkable wine best consumed within 2 years of harvest. Find it here.
2016 Balverne Sauvignon Blanc
When most people think of the wines of the Russian River Valley, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are the first varietals to come to mind. The truth is that this fog-drenched valley is able to produce a wide range of quality wines and Sauvignon Blanc is no exception. Grown on a stunning 710-acre estate, the Balverne Sauvignon Blanc is as dynamic as it is quaffable. Bright lemon zest and grapefruit radiate from the glass and carry through with exceptional balance onto the palate. A light hint of jasmine on the finish makes this white great with spicy asian cuisine. Find it here.
2015 Valentin Bianchi Malbec
The amount of growth in Mendoza over the past few decades has been truly remarkable. Among the most highly regarded regions in the world for Malbec, Mendoza wines have distinctive character, often filled with dark, jammy fruit. The 2015 Valentin Bianchi Malbec is no exception, yet offers so much more. Deep notes of plum and figs are balanced with a wonderful hit of vanilla and nutmeg from the oak. Try this Malbec with a pasta bolognese or creamy chicken marsala for a truly delightful pairing. Find it here.
2015 Domaine Lafage “Tessellae – Old Vines GSM” Côtes du Roussillon, France
Roussillon in southern France is a great appellation for finding quality wines at a bargain. With a great hit of black pepper and dark berry character, the 2015 Domaine Lafage is a wonderful example of this classic blend. The flavor matches remarkably well with its tannic structure making the bottle a great pairing option for game and grilled meat. The blend has a full body, loaded with notes of violet and blueberry that linger on the palate during its expansive finish. Find it here.
NV Montechiara Prosecco
More and more people are starting to realize that bubbles aren’t just for special occasions. With naturally high acid and vibrant florals, sparkling wines are incredibly food friendly. The Montechiara Prosecco is a fantastic every day sparkler that will open your eyes to the wonderful value that Veneto has to offer. Soft notes of baked bread, bosc pear, and green apple erupt from the glass in a pearly simmer. Find it here
2016 Domaine de Vaufuget Vouvray
For those who like a touch of sweetness in their wine, Vouvray is a wonderful appellation for exploration. Chenin Blanc has grown here for over ten centuries and has adapted to the region with stunning acuity. The 2016 Domaine de Vaufuget is a perfect example of the affordable complexity found here. Light honeyed notes are balanced over quince and calla lilies. This wine starts out with the perfect amount of sweetness, though the finish lends itself to the drier side. Find it here.
2010 La Rioja Alta “Viña Alberdi” Reserva Rioja
The Rioja region in north-central Spain is definitely deserving of a second look. Reserva and Gran Reserva wines undergo extensive aging, usually in American oak. This adds rich flavor and complexity to the Tempranillo dominated blends. The age on the Viña Alberdi brings out classic concentrated dark fruit notes with blackberries and plums at the forefront. Allspice and clove have a lingering effect on the palate. Find it here.
2016 Ribbonwood Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough
The amount of delicious Sauvignon Blanc coming out of Marlborough is truly staggering. For those who haven’t uncovered this mecca of vibrant white wine, now is the time. The 2016 Ribbonwood Sauvignon Blanc is incredibly focused, with a bright acidic backbone and refreshing notes of grapefruit, lime zest, and a sensational mineral grassiness. Find it here.
2015 Bryan MacRobert “Abbotsdale” Shiraz Swartland
Vitis Vinifera, the family of grapes responsible for almost all quality wine production, has been planted to South Africa ever since the 1600’s. Frigid winds blowing from Antarctica are pushed north by oceanic seaways, known as the Benguela Current. As they reach the coast, these gusts turn into cooling breezes, refreshing the vines and grapes, preserving acidity. The Abbotsdale Shiraz is blended with 5% each of Cinsault and Mourvedre for complexity. This is a medium-bodied wine with harmonious cracked black pepper, earthy mushrooms, and black fruit notes. Find it here.
2016 Amalaya Torrontes Riesling Salta
Torrontes is another up-and-coming varietal that has displayed great aptitude when grown at elevation. Salta, Argentina boasts the highest altitude vineyards in the world. Vineyards in the region can be found at over 7,000 feet above sea level. The 2016 Amalaya Torrontes Riesling blend is fresh and vibrant, with shimmering notes of honeysuckle, pineapple, and key lime emanating from the glass. This is another great option for toning down spicy dishes, its freshness creating a perfect balance with the heat. Find it here.
With this lovely selection of wines available, there is no need to drop big bucks for a delicious complement to your evening meal. Enjoy these wines with a range of pairings for the perfect dinner.