One of the first things I always tell people about wine is that it doesn’t need to cost a lot to be good. Sure, there are many incredible wines that cost a whole lot of money, but there are also some fabulous wines that are also fabulous values.
Nothing makes me happier than finding a really great wine that is under $10! Nothing. Once I find a value wine that I like, it becomes one of my go-to wines, the kind I keep on hand for everyday because it’s consistently good and not too pricey that I can’t justify opening it on a Tuesday night. I’ve pulled together a few of my favorite value wines and after you give them a try, they might become some of your favorites, too. And, the best part? Every one of them is under $10 each (some of them significantly under $10) so it’s ok to try them all.
Wine Library has it: $6.37
Bursting with dense fruity flavor, it has the smooth, silky texture and rich, ruby color that’s a hallmark of California Merlots. Aged in American oak barrels, you’ll notice hints of baking spices and vanilla mocha that envelope the fruit in the finish.
Pairs perfectly with pizza, making it a great everyday red.
J Lohr Riverstone Chardonnay
Wine Library has it: $9.87
I happen to love really buttery chardonnays and this is one of my favorites. It never disappoints and when it’s chilled, but not too cold, the buttery flavor really shines.
I like to drink it when I’ve made a roast chicken or a pasta with a creamy sauce (like an Alfredo).
It’s also phenomenal with cheese.
19 Crimes Red Blend
wine.com has it: $9.99
Americans are drinking more and more red blends and this one from 19 Crimes is a good reason why. Bold and intense, it boasts subtle flavors of chocolate and spice and just the slightest hint of sweetness. Not overly tannic, so it has a really soft finish.
Having a bold and hearty pasta? Give this one a try!
Dark Horse Rosé
wine.com has it: $9.99
Rosés in general are usually fairly affordable wines, so you’ll have a lot of choices in the “under $10 category.” I’ve had this one and it’s good. It’s dry (thanks to the grenache in the blend), with berry and citrus flavors ending in a really crisp finish. Rosé wines pair well with so many different foods so you can comfortably enjoy this with pretty much whatever you’re eating or all on its own.
Chateau D’Ourbenac Malbec Cahors
4wineandwhiskey.com has it: $8.99
When I find a good French wine at this price point, I stock up. I was impressed by this Malbec, let alone for under $10. It’s pretty hard to find, so you’ll probably need to pick it up online, but it’s very bold, very fruity and works beautifully with hearty, rustic dishes. Definitely worth a try. There are so many incredible wines available at reasonable prices, so don’t be afraid to experiment and try new things. You never know when you’ll discover your new go-to wine!