What could be more satisfying than a fine glass of wine? How about finding a hidden gem? And you still get to drink it.
The following ten recommendations have been hand picked by the ABC staff because we believe they will wow without putting a major dent in your wallet. So be sure to seek these wines out the next time you stop in the store. Cheers!
Avia Pinot Grigio Slovenia 2013 $5.99
This delicious Pinot Grigio from Slovenia is hard to beat for value, with its fresh melon, pear and apple tones, lively palate and clean, dry finish. It packs in a lot of flavor for the price and definitely holds up as an aperitif wine or a match for seafood, salads, or oysters on the half shell.
Los Vascos Sauvignon Blanc Chile 2014 $9.99
This vibrant white is a superb rendering of the variety, with distinct aromas of fresh cut grass, gooseberry, citrus and melon. On the palate the wine is focused, brisk and lively, light bodied but vibrant with tangy lemon and lime flavors, excellent balance and a clean, dry finish. It will make a fine match for grilled or sautéed shrimp, poultry braised in wine and herbs, or white-fleshed fish garnished with citrus.
Don Rodolfo Torrontés Argentina 2014 $9.99
Crisp and floral, this white offers notes of peach and apricot, a hint of savory herb, and a lush yet dry finish. A classic aperitif style white, it’s easy to like and will match well with lighter menu items, such as sushi, shellfish or stir fried vegetables with ginger and soy.
Wente Chardonnay Morning Fog California 2013 $9.99
One vintage after another, this value priced Chard from Wente delivers classic California character, with layered, bright, lemon-tinged white fruit flavors, hints of nutmeg and vanilla, and a deliciously ripe finish with a touch of cream. Hard to beat for value, it hits all the right notes for this perennial favorite, and will satisfy time and again. Enjoy it on its own or try it with white meat, fish, or creamy pastas.
Elicio Rosé France 2014 $9.99
Dry, crisp and refreshing, this lively rosé from southern France boasts tangy berry aromas and flavors, brisk acidity and a clean finish with hints of green melon and citrus. There is plenty of flavor for the money and it will match well with all kinds of menu items, such as ham, gumbo, grilled chicken or pork, or perhaps a spicy seafood stew. This represents excellent value in the world of dry rosé.
Château de Campuget Costieres de Nimes Rosé France 2014 $9.99
From southern France, this rosé spells pleasure and easy drinking. Fine scents of red berries add to the overall enjoyment and make it the perfect accompaniment for picnics, barbecues and refreshing salads. It also makes a fine aperitif all on its own.
Flaco Tempranillo Spain 2013 $7.99
This terrific value offers beautifully ripe berry aromas and a supple, medium bodied palate filled with black cherry and spice flavors that carry nicely through the soft yet dry finish. Easy going and extremely versatile, it matches well with pastas, grilled foods, and barbecue.
Terras do Litoral Vinho Regional Lisboa Portugal 2012 $7.99
This delightful red displays vivid aromas of fresh berries and spice, along with a delicate note of savory grilled herbs, while the palate is lively with boysenberry, raspberry and dried cherry tones. Medium bodied and dry, it offers a fresh, easy going flavor profile and will match all kinds of menu items, including grilled meats and vegetables, roast poultry, or spicy fish stews.
Madison Ridge Shale Line Shiraz Australia 2013 $9.99
Measured and graceful, this Shiraz offers a generous bouquet that highlights dried berry fruits and red plums, with light spice and pepper tones. The palate is fresh and lively, with attractive spice notes lifting tangy berry fruit, while the supple texture renders the wine inviting and accessible. A nice match for somewhat spicy Mexican or Southwestern food.
Lexicon Cabernet Sauvignon Argentina 2013 $9.99
A straightforward, plummy red, the 2013 Lexicon Cabernet Sauvignon offers abundant aromas of red currant and spice, while the lush, easy going palate emphasizes blackberry and plum and a gentle texture that make it ideal for sipping on its own. It will also pair well with barbecue or grilled meats.