Top 14 of the Best Affordable Wines You Haven’t Heard Of Yet
Standing in front of a shelf of wines at your local liquor store, you will find hundreds of bottles of varying prices and quality. It is impossible to know what is good and even if you were a world class sommelier, chances are that at least once in a while you would end up spending too much on a bottle that could have been better.
If you are like a lot of people, at this point you just grab the bottle with the best label for under $20. (Everyone is guilty of it eventually.) We have rounded up some of the best, most underrated budget wines on the market to ease your woes. Depending on where you pick these bottles up, most will be $20 or less and there is something on this list for everyone. (Extra points for style if you take one of these bottles to The Bro Basket to be personalized as a gift.) These wines are as easy on the taste buds as they are on the wallet, and we would just about guarantee they are going to be new and surprising additions to your wine rotation.
Affordable Red Wines
If you or the person you are buying for prefers the full body of a good red wine, there are plenty of options on the market. From fruity Cabernet to silky Pinot Noir, you can definitely find something to suit.
J Bouchon Pais Viejo (under $15)
Made from grapes collected from some of the oldest vines in Chile, Pais grapes are actually their own variety. Don’t feel bad if you have not heard of them though, the fact that Chilean Pais flies under the radar is what gives this bottle its low price tag. Just don’t tell your friends!
2015 Guigal Cotes Du Rhone Rouge ($15)
With pops of black pepper, this otherwise fruity and smooth wine gets a savory kick. If you are interested in trying out a nice French red wine on a budget, this Rhone Valley red is a great choice. Made from a mix of spice Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvedre grapes, this wine is great for sipping or you could pair it with grilled meats and game.
2017 Filipa Pato Bairrada Tinto FP Baga ($16)
Winemaker Filipa Pato and her husband make wines from grapes that are indigenous to their home country of Portugal. This light red wine tastes like a cross between a gamay and pinot noir, delicate and a little floral. This comes from those unique Portuguese grapes, a variety called Baga.
2017 G.D. Vajra Dolcetto d’Alba ($17)
Packed with fruity fruit flavors like plum, this wine is an excellent value. All the wines from this Barolo country family estate are great, and this inexpensive but hearty bottle is a definite win.
2015 Antinori Villa Toscana ($18)
A non-traditional take on a classic Sangiovese, this Italian wine blends in French Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot for a wonderfully complex and succulent blend. You can expect flavors like dried fruits, mineral notes, red berries, juicy cherries, and earthiness. Made by one of Italy’s largest wine houses, Tuscany’s Antinori produces a large volume of wine making the price affordable without compromising on quality.
2015 Rodney Strong Estate Pinot Noir ($18)
Made right here in California, the Rodney Strong Estate’s Pinot Noir is one of the US’s leading appellations of the type. Grown in the Russian River Valley AVA of Sonoma County, this expressive and ripe wine is a great choice if you already love Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon.
2016 Momo Pinot Noir ($20)
This bottle touts vegan friendliness as well as being from one of the best organic produces in New Zealand. This Pinot Noir is silky, with a charming stylishness that is great for the price. While it is not particularly complex, you would be hard pressed to find a better vegan wine at a similar price point.
Affordable White Wines
White wine may not have all the heart healthy tannins, but the pale hue of these wines gives less bitterness. White wines can be just as delicious and complex too, making them great for beginners and wine connoisseurs alike.
2016 Chateau Ste. Michelle Dry Riesling ($10)
By far the best bargain on this list, Chateau Ste. Michelle’s Riesling is a treat. It has won several blind taste tests for its crisp and refreshing flavor. It’s a great versatile white wine, and it’s practically local coming from Washington state.
2016 Bodega Colome Torrontes ($12)
The vines this wine comes from grow at 5,500 feet of elevation, tucked away in the Salta region of Argentina. This lovely Latin American wine is very aromatic, with bright citrus flavors and a hint of mouthwatering saltiness. This wine begs to be paired with salty food.
2016 Santa Rita Casablanca Reserva Sauvignon Blanc ($13)
This bottle is jam packed with lime, herb, and tropical flavors that make it a favorite of critics. It is described as having a tempered sweetness with a good body and elegant, long finish. Hailing from Chile’s Rapel Valley, home to some of the country’s most prestigious and expensive wines, this inexpensive bottle is a great find.
Joseph Drouhin Macon-Villages ($15)
The terms “Burgundy” and “Budget” do not usually go together, but this Chardonnay from the Burgundy region of France is very affordable at $15. It goes great with chicken thanks to flavors of tart green apple and lemon. Those bright flavors are warmed up by floral notes, almond, and notes of toasty vanilla.
Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio ($17)
There is just no way to compile a list of great white wines without including at least one Pinot Grigio. Lovers of the variety may have already tried this bottle and liked it but for the rest of us this bottle comes in clutch with surprisingly good flavor for the price point. Take with you on your next picnic and enjoy the juicy flavors of apple, pear, and lemon.
2017 Anselmo Mendes Alvarinho Contacto ($18)
Anselmo Mendes is one of the flagship wine producers of the Vinho Verde region of Portugal, and for good reason. This Alvarinho (or Albarino as it is called in Spain) has citrusy lime top notes with dry mineral tones and subtle floral and peachy flavors. Try pairing with seafood and pasta for an exquisite dinner.
Banshee Sonoma Coast Chardonnay ($19)
A quintessential Californian chardonnay, this bottle is sophisticated, delicious, and honestly just kind of sexy. Generally a crowd pleaser, you’ll find that this Chardonnay features ripe apple, lemon, vanilla, and tropical fruit with a bright acidity and creamy texture.
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There are so many occasions when bringing a bottle of wine is a great choice, and choosing an excellent but affordable bottle that no one has even heard of is a great way to impress. They don’t need to know that you didn’t spend an arm and a leg. All anyone will notice is how great the wine is. Whether you’re buying a wedding gift, going to a party, or just enjoying an evening at home, wine is always a great option.
If you happen to be planning for a big event or just a romantic night in, grab any of these bottles and get in touch with CA Escort Services to help make the date. After all, nothing completes an evening like a few glasses of good wine.