Enjoying a nice bottle of wine is an ideal way to complement a meal, enhance time with friends or simply unwind after a long day. Enjoying that wine is even better when it’s nice to your pocketbook. While there are always plenty of expensive wines to be had, there are also many affordable wines available on the market, providing a reasonably priced alternative without compromising taste. From sweeter rieslings to bold cabernets, check out these delicious and affordable wines for your next dinner party. Your guests will love them, and you’ll love being able to offer some wonderful wines at a fraction of the cost.
Chateau Ste. Michelle Columbia Valley Riesling ($9)
A refreshing wine full of floral notes and an underlying hint of sweetness, Chateau Ste. Michelle is the perfect accompaniment to warm summer days, food cooked on the grill and the company of friends and family. Grown in Washington’s Columbia Valley, this wine carries the lush flavors of lime and peach, with a touch of apple at the finish. Not too dry, sweet but not saccharine, it is an affordable wine that complements a wide variety of foods.
Nobilo Sauvignon Blanc ($10)
Light and casual, but with a luxurious taste, you’d never guess Nobilo’s Sauvignon Blanc to be in the 10-dollar range. Hailing from New Zealand, which has a great reputation for Sauvignon Blanc, its fresh notes of lemon, pear and apple go well with poultry or light seafood dishes. It can serve as an aperitif all on its own, or fits nicely alongside dessert, making it a go-to wine for any occasion.
Mirassou Pinot Noir ($10)
There’s nothing quite like a lovely pinot noir to complete a meal. Mirassou winery, one of the oldest wineries in California and the first to introduce pinot noir to the region, has created an affordable pinot noir wine without skimping on quality. Featuring flavor that bursts with cherry, strawberry and currant, this pinot is delicate enough for lighter meals, while still having a heartiness that makes it pair well with beef or lamb.
Gnarly Head Cabernet Sauvignon ($9)
If a big cabernet is what you’re after, look no further than Gnarly Head Cabernet Sauvignon. With grapes coming from some of the best vineyards in Northern California, Gnarly Head winery prides itself on wines that are sophisticated yet very drinkable. This cab is bold, robust and flavorful, slightly jammy, with a bouquet of cherry, peppercorn, violet and a delicious spice-infused earthy finish. It serves as a beautiful accent to cheeses, lamb or robust Italian dishes.
Presto Prosecco Brut ($8)
Sometimes thought of as a “poor man’s champagne,” prosecco is an affordable alternative to pricier bottles of bubbly. Imported from Italy, Presto Prosecco Brut offers the effervescence of a much more expensive vintage, with mild notes of pear, lemon, cucumber and a sweet honey floral. Slightly dry, not overly sweet, this works as both a delicious mimosa mixer or a stand-alone addition to your favorite brunch.