To eliminate the “entertaining uncertainty” that comes with this time of year, it pays to stock up ahead of time on the items you can, and one of those items is wine. Yes, we know when you hear the phrase “stock up”, you immediately equate it with spending a lot of money; however, that doesn’t have to be the case. There are a lot of great wines out there that don’t cost a lot of money, but figuring out which ones those are can be tricky. After investing precious time searching the shelves, it’s no fun to pick out an inexpensive wine that is new to you and get it home, only to discover that it isn’t your cup of tea.
To help streamline your shopping trip and make it more successful — and affordable — we have selected 20 wines, all under $10, that are sure to pair perfectly with everything the season has in store for you. This selection of white, rosé, red and sparkling wines are all wines that we believe in and would serve to guests in our own homes. With great recommendations from the Oliver’s Wine, Beer & Spirits team, we DO believe it’s possible to get a great bottle of wine, without spending a fortune.
Whether you try just one, or build a case, you will not be disappointed with the quality and versatility of these wines! Take a look at the wines being featured this week:
- Bliss Zinfandel
- Fat Cat Pinot Noir
- Flaco Tempranillo
- Honoro Vera Garnacha
- Menage a Trois Red
- Messer de Fauno Nero D’Avola
- Mil Piedras Malbec
- OZV Zinfandel
- La Quercia Montepulciano
- Sierra Salnias “Mo” Monastrell
- Charles and Charles Rosé
- De Chansac Rosé
- Rive Sud Rosé
- Geyser Peak Chardonnay
- Stemmari Pinot Grigio
- Terras do Minho Vinho Verde
- Marius by Michel Chapoutier Vermentino
- Mezzacorona Pinot Grigio
- Oliver’s Own Sauvignon Blanc
- JP Chenet Brut Blanc de Blancs
Some of these wines may be familiar favorites, such as Oliver’s Own Sauvignon Blanc, Mezzacorona Pinot Grigio, or Rive Sud Rosé, but others may be a new discovery, such as Marius by Michel Chapoutier Vermentino, Flaco Tempranillo, or Terras do Minho Vinho Verde. Find a buying strategy that works for you, whether it be all known wines, all new discoveries, or a combination of the two!
Every fall gathering will begin on a more festive note with the addition of JP Chenet Brut Blanc de Blancs, and at this price, you cannot find a better pour. Its bright golden hue and delicate bubbles bring fruity aromas with notes of white peach and apricot. It is a perfect (and affordable) aperitif for any occasion.
Another great wine to serve to guests as they arrive at your house is the Terras do Minho Vinho Verde. It is crisp, refreshing and low in alcohol with citrus and mineral notes. There is a slight effervescence present, which is one of the refreshing characteristics of Vinho Verde.
If pizza, burgers or ribs are on your menu, be sure to pick up the Bliss Zinfandel. Opening with aromas of dried cherries followed by a great entry of chocolate mocha and sarsaparilla flavors, the wine delivers hints of dark red berries in the finish. The wine is easy to drink and very fruit-forward.
For that quiet night at home, Mil Piedras Malbec is an excellent bottle to have on hand. It is an easy-drinking wine with black fruit and plum flavors complimented by earthy spice and soft tannins. It is a great match for a variety of meats and also works well with many cheeses and charcuterie.
These are just a handful of the 20 wines that will give you more bang-for-your-buck this holiday season, without breaking the bank. Stop in today, our friendly and knowledgeable wine staff is ready and eager to help you make your holiday season the best it can be.