Real Holiday Wine for $10 or Less

 


As we deck the halls, we should also remember to have wine on the brain while checking off our holiday lists. Wine is a perfect match to the season of joy and whether you’re providing the wine for the family party or looking for an extra stocking stuffer, here are ten wines under $10 that will certainly bring joy to the festivities. These value selections do not reveal their true price on the palate, which make them perfect for the large crowds that fill parties and dining rooms throughout December.

Sparkling wine always makes a good addition to the holiday season. The only problem is finding one that doesn’t make you feel like Scrooge while sharing it with others. Catalonia’s version often offers great value and this little bubbly from Bodegas Pinord does not disappoint. 

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A blend of Colombard and Ugni Blanc, this crisp, light white from Gascogne, France is a perfect way to kick off the festivities and awaken any dozing palate. Combined with a pleasant citrus kick, its clean, vibrant nature makes it a perfect pairing for any family that celebrates the season with oysters on the half shell. 
 
For those looking for other lighter-styled, crisp whites, look to the Veneto region of Italy with this blend of Toi (also known as Fruliano in other regions of the country), Pinot Bianco and Pinot Grigio. Very aromatic with fruit and floral notes, this wine is great for an aperitif or paired with starting courses. 
 
Rioja, the famed region in Spain, is often the place to search for great reds. But this white blend primarily made from Macabeo shows the diversity of the region. Plenty of fruit aromas are carried through the palate, offering a round mouthfeel that can stand up to white meats such as turkey. Suggested SRP $9
 
A unique blend of two grapes that would never marry in their homeland of France, this California offering has shown what a beautiful intermingling can produce. Chenin Blanc lends a majority of the blend and gives a slight sweetness that can be a good option for any dish with a touch of heat or a family that has a Christmas Eve sushi ritual. 
 
From the great Northwest comes a Syrah- led Rosé that balances ripe red fruit characteristics with other savory notes to create an enticing pink wine. Still bringing enough acidity to act as an opening drink, this Rosé can also make a great pairing for salmon dishes or white meats. 
 
Finding a solid Pinot Noir under $10 can be a challenge, especially from Chile. Luckily Cono Sur turns that statement on its head. Fruity but not overly jammy, this Pinot brings enough earthy/savory flavors to the party to enjoy the merriment. 
 
Although the 14.5% ABV may seem a bit high, this medium-bodied red from Catalonia, Spain has plenty of fruit and spice to balance any alcohol heat. Produced from 40 year old vines, this Garnacha pairs with a wide range of foods and can just as easily be enjoyed sitting around the fire with family and friends. 
 
Sometimes lesser known regions offer the best values. Murcia, a region in southern Spain, lives up to the bill, especially when it comes to Monastrell . This lighter styled red is full of bright fruit while also having enough tannins to match any dish with a bit of fattiness. 
 
Those looking for a more full-bodied red wine would be wise to consider this Petite Sirah from California. Dark fruit aromas and flavors are predominant while oak and other more savory notes balance the wine in the background. If lamb or other rich red meat is on the dinner table, this is a smart choice. 
 
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  • Snooth User: Deb23
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    Good Advice!! Thanks!

    Dec 16, 2014 at 5:49 PM


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