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!
Mont Gravet Côtes de Gascogne France 2015 $8.99
Lively and fresh, this delightful white from southwestern France offers an attractive range of white fruit aromas and delivers a satisfying blast of crisp, tangy apple and citrus flavors on the dry, vibrant finish. Clean and refreshing, it makes a fine match for shrimp, shellfish, or light appetizers.
Les Vignerons du Mont Ventoux 3 Messes Basses Blanc France 2016 $9.99
This expressive white is ripe, forward and fresh, with good cut and lively white fruit flavors on the clean, snappy palate. Primarily Grenache Blanc, with Bourboulenc and Clairette blended in, it will pair beautifully with seafood or light poultry dishes.
Seaglass Sauvignon Blanc California 2016 $8.99
This zesty California white offers plenty of fresh herb and cut grass notes up front, while the palate features tangy acidity and lime and apple flavors. Pair it with goat cheese, grilled shrimp or poultry braised in white wine and herbs.
Baron de Ley Rioja Blanco Spain 2016 $8.99
Crisp and clean, this fresh white features lively grapefruit acidity, with vibrant flavors of pear and apple accented by notions of fresh herbs. A refreshing aperitif, it will also drink well with stir fried shrimps, ceviche or calamari.
La Galope France 2017 $8.99
This easygoing rosé is fresh and clean, with bright red fruit aromas and flavors and a dry, crisp finish. A fifty-fifty blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, it comes from southwestern France and simply can’t be beat for value. Match it with everything from salads to baked ham.
Huertos de Palacio Tempranillo Vino de la Tierra de Castillo Spain NV $8.99
This terrific Spanish red is made with 100% Tempranillo and really over delivers considering its modest price tag. It exhibits a wealth of ripe berry and cherry flavors and much more depth than one expects in a wine costing less than $10 a bottle. Juicy yet with some firm underlying structure, it will match braised meats, roast pork, or rich pasta courses.
Zestos Garnacha Old Vines Spain 2015 $7.99
With lively berry aromas, this Spanish red is supple and seamless in texture, offering juicy black raspberry and cherry flavors given spine by a gentle mineral nuance. It finishes fruity and broad, with a touch of white pepper adding lift and cut. Pair it with braised meats, baked pastas, or spicy black beans and rice.
Le Grand Charm Red France 2015 $6.99
This straightforward red offers juicy blackberry and currant flavors on a light to medium bodied frame, along with light spice and herb notes, lively acidity, and a soft, dry finish. Simple but well made, it’s easy to like and will make a nice match for casual menus such as burgers, grilled sausages or pasta.
J. Portugal Ramos Vila Santa Alentejo Portugal 2015 $7.99
With plenty of spicy black fruit on the nose and palate, this ripe red from Portugal is easy to like and offers surprising richness for a wine at this price. It features a warm, open knit texture and very light tannin on the finish which emphasizes plush fruit and hints of chocolate. Match it with grilled foods or a spicy pork stew.
Maipe Malbec Mendoza Argentina 2016 $8.99
This well-made crowd pleaser offers chocolaty blackcurrant and blackberry fruit, as well as touches of licorice and earth. Medium-bodied and dry it has a soft, round palate and loads of delicious, upfront fruit. Try it with barbecue or grilled burgers.