What you might not realize is just how many good choices line your grocer’s aisles, as long as you’re willing to look and try something new.
"Just about every wine on the market today is well made, so finding something good isn't difficult,” says wine blogger Tom Wark, of Wark Communications, one of our go-to experts in the field.
We couldn’t agree more. And to prove the point, we’ve come up with a list of 10 more great wines that will set you back $10 or less.
10. Yellow Tail Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz NV, Australia ($8)
These wines seem a bit ubiquitous these days, but they remain a good value for the price. Soft, rounded tannins balance out rich red berry flavors that include hints of plum, cassis and raspberry aromas. A smooth and even blend.
9. Ballatore Gran Spumante NV, Italy ($7.50)
Chill it cold and drink in the peachy goodness. Better yet, drop a little peach nectar in it and sip it by the pool. Delish!
8. McWilliams Chardonnay Hanwood Estates 2004, Australia ($9)
A lovely Chardonnay if you prefer fruit with your whites. With distinctive white peach aromas typical of Chardonnays, it’s complimented by subtle hints of clove and cashew nut.
7. Henry's Drive Pillar Box Red, Padthaway 2006, Australia ($10)
Rich, ripe, big, opulent, this is a drink-it-now kind of wine that is made from a blend of Cabernet, Merlot and Shiraz grapes.
6. Little Black Dress Pinot Grigio 2007, California ($9)
Apple and grapefruit notes accentuate this nice California white that makes a perfect pairing with any seafood dish.
5. Danzante Pinot Grigio 2006, Italy ($10)
This wine is a light straw yellow with lovely notes of apple and pear, and a crisp floral bouquet. It’s fresh and lively, but nonetheless has a full-bodied quality rare for the price point.
4. Nobilo Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough 2007, New Zealand ($9)
Delicious and fruity. Simply put, it's a guava and pineapple blend with a healthy slice of lemon.
3. Huber Gruner Veltliner Hugo 2006, Austria ($10)
We included this one on our list of best whites for $10 or less, but we like it so much we couldn’t resist mentioning it again. Boasting a blend of apple, fresh citrus and a touch of the exotic, it has a pale straw color and a distinctly earthy character. The flavors are consistent with the nose, complete with a crisp and dry finish.
2. Falset Marca Garnacha Rosé, Monsant 2007, Spain ($10)
This one is made from 100-plus year-old vines and is a spectacular example of a "Big Rosé.” Perfectly compliments a tangy barbecue dish or shish-kabob.
1. Snoqualmie Vineyards Riesling, Columbia Valley 2007, Washington ($9)
It’s an explosion of sweet nectarine, peach and apricot and a great deal on a fantastic, easy drinking Riesling.