No better way to celebrate Wine Wednesday than with a list of some of the top wines available for under $10. In full disclosure, I am far from a wine connoisseur. But over the years, I have tried my fair share of budgeted wine. There are certain ones that I kept coming back to and others that I choose to avoid. Here is a list of my top ten picks. I should note, that Malbec is my favorite wine and I generally prefer red wines. So there is definitely some bias in my picks. However, I tried my best to diversify this list so that there is something for every taste. I would be interested to hear your thoughts.
10) La Finca Malbec ($4.99) – I first discovery La Finca Malbec right after college in my early twenties. It is basically a twist on Trader Joe’s popular Two Buck Chucks. For an extra $1.50, you get a wine that is much more unique. Also, the classy label seemed more appropriate for events with friends or family. Over time I have strayed away from this wine for some of the options below, but it was my favorite for years and deserved a spot on the list. It is also one of the only options that I included below $5.00.
9) The Exquisite Collection Côtes de Provence Rosé 2016 ($9.49)- This $9.49 option from Aldi is a newer addition to the list. However, after recently learning that this wine won the top spot at the International Wine Challenge’s Great Value Awards, I had to give it a try. I had my first glass during The Bachelorette finale on Monday, and I can definitely say that this pick is a winner. Great addition to any summer event, particularly since you can say that you brought an international award winning wine to share.
8) Cupcake Prosecco ($9.99)- I had to get some sort of bubbly on this list, but honestly it is hard to find a good budget option. Also, this one barely made the list because it is right at the top of that $10 cap. At some locations, it is priced over that amount. However, it can be found for under $10. This is one of my favorite options for a girls night or for a special celebration, when you need some bubbles.
7) Trapiche Oak Cask Malbec ($8.99)- I told you that I am partial to Malbecs. This option is a great go to wine. All of the Trapiche wines are delicious. Actually, this wine made the list because the Trapiche Broquel is my absolute favorite wine, but I hate spending over $10 for a bottle of wine when there are so many other great budgeted options. The Broquel is reserved for special occasions at our house, like when I got my new job.
6) Dark Horse Cabernet Sauvignon ($8.29)- My first Cabernet Sauvignon to make the list. In my opinion, Cabs are the best dinner party wines and this one is sure to please. It is very dark, like the name implies. The interesting label makes for a great gift and the wine is sure to please guests. This has been a fail safe over the years if we aren’t sure of our hosts tastes.
5) Columbia Crest Cabernet Sauvignon ($7.97)- This wine was first given to us by a family member around the holidays because of the high scores that it had received. Unfortunately, I can’t remember what the scoring system was from or why it was a “high scoring wine”. That being said, I do know that this is a great option. We loved it so much that we made it our Cab option for our wedding. The price tag doesn’t hurt either.
4) Apothic Red Blend ($7.97)- We gave this bottle of wine to a family member as part of their wedding gifts a few years back. They loved it so much, that they ended up testing us a few weeks later while they were at the grocery store wanting to know the name of the wine. This is definitely a unique option because it is a blend, but I promise it will not disappoint. The other great thing about this option is that the beautiful label makes for a great budgeted wedding gift.
3) Bogle Merlot ($7.77)- Now were getting into the REALLY good stuff. Bogle Merlot is my husband’s favorite. It was a struggle to put it at number three, but the last two options are just too good. All of my spouse’s family love this wine. At our wedding, we had a “Bride’s Pick” and “Groom’s Pick” wine, and this was his choice. Bogle makes a number of good wines that are all worth a try.
2) Lindemans Chardonnay ($4.77)- Another family favorite that we first tried courtesy of my father. This is one of the only white wine options on this list because this is the only one that you will ever need. Just kidding…well sort of. We really don’t venture out much because this is our favorite white wine option. And with a price tag of $4.77, there is no need to. Even a 1.5L bottle only costs $6.97. It is just so good. I think that the secret is out though. Every time that we have gone to Total Wine lately, this option has been sold out. Maybe I shouldn’t be putting this in here. It is going probably increase demand and drive up costs. Ignore everything that I just said, it isn’t that good.
1) Alamos Malbec ($7.97)- I mean, you had to know that a Malbec would top the list. Actually, I am enjoying a glass as I type this post. The Alamos has been my favorite budgeted option for a few years now. Over the years, I have shared it with family and friends. I am pretty sure that it is my father-in-law’s favorite now. We actually recently had a house warming and three different family members showed up with a bottle of the Alamos. Needless to say, this was the “Bride’s Pick” at our wedding and it was the first wine to run out. Definitely worth a try!
I would love to hear what you think about these picks! Leave a comment below with your thoughts.