Monday, January 5, 2009

20 Wines for $10 or Less

Bianchi 2007 "Elsa" TorrontésArgentina $8 A distinctive varietal, Torrontés is characterized by intense fruity-floral aromas.

Columbia Crest 2007 Grand Estates ChardonnayWashington $8 An elegant wine, rich with apple, pear, and a hint of oak.

Fish Eye 2007 Pinot GrigioCalifornia $8 Tropical fruit and intense citrus dominate in this dry, food-friendly Pinot Grigio.

Domaine de Bernier 2006 ChardonnayFrance $9 This excellent Chardonnay from the Loire Valley is rich with grapefruit and lemon.

Veramonte 2007 "Reserva" Sauvignon BlancvChile $9 Fruity and zesty, this has melon and lemony flavors with herbal notes and bright acidity.

Brancott 2008 Marlborough Sauvignon BlancNew Zealand $10 Grapefruit, tropical fruit, and grassy flavors accent this wine from the Marlborough region.

Domaine La Hitaire 2007 "Les Tours"France $10 This crisp, dry vin de pays ("country wine") from Gascony is a blend of less-familiar varietals, such as Ugni Blanc.

Ponte de Lima 2007 "Adamado" Vinho VerdePortugal $10 This young white is fresh with lime flavors and herbal aromas.

Tintero 2007 Moscato d'AstiItaly $10 This sweet, low-alcohol wine from Piedmont has citrus zest, pear, and apricot flavors.

Wolfgang 2007 "Concerto" Grüner VeltlinerAustria $10 In this versatile wine, ripe citrus flavors carry a hit of peppery spice.

Archeo 2006 Nero d'AvolaItaly $4 A favorite from Trader Joe's, this rich, earthy red with dark fruit has an oaky finish.

Banrock Station 2006 ShirazAustralia $5 Big flavors and a low price tag are a winning combination in this fine red with ripe plum and black-cherry flavors.

Bianchi 2007 "Elsa" MalbecArgentina $8 Argentina has become known for its big-value Malbecs: Here, blackberry and plum flavors are matched by a spicy finish.

Budini 2008 MalbecArgentina $9 This big wine is characterized by black cherries, blackberries, and spice.

McManis Family Vineyards 2007 Cabernet SauvignonCalifornia $9 Blueberry, blackberry, and chocolate flavors balance this Cabernet's spicy notes.

Monterra 2005 MerlotCalifornia $9 A rich Merlot with a hint of chocolate.

Di Majo Norante 2007 SangioveseItaly $10 Blackberries and spice with violet aromas make this an appealing wine to pair with the robust flavors of this time of year.

Eguren 2006 TempranilloSpain $10 for 1 liter From the Castilla y León region, this full-bodied red is loaded with raspberry fruit.

Goats Do Roam 2006 RedSouth Africa $10 This Rhône-style red has soft tannins, black-cherry fruit, and a spicy finish.

Vigne & Vini 2005 "Schiaccianoci" Negroamaro del SalentoItaly $10 This rustic red from Puglia shows concentrated, earthy flavors that are balanced by aromas of spice.

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