I love wine (and I know you do, too!) but it can be confusing and difficult to know what to choose, particularly when you’re on a budget and want something affordable that actually tastes good. So, I reached out to Gwendolyn, Wine.com’s Director of Education, and asked her to list her 10 favorite wines under $25. Read on for her recommendations, and don’t worry no one will judge you if you add them to your cart even though it’s not even 8 am…
Gloria Ferrer Blanc-de-Noirs ($20)
Champagne can be expensive. I love sparkling wine and certainly don’t want to wait until an “occasion” to drink it. So finding great value sparkling wine is a must. This Gloria Ferrer Blanc de Noirs is a consistently reliable sparkling wine for under $20. They do a fantastic job.
Miraval Rose ($22)
While rose may make you think summer, pink is ideal for the fall. The Miraval, produced on the Provence property owned by Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, is a delicious example of provence rose. Crisp, refreshing and a lovely texture, this is a food-friendly and party-worthy rose.
King Estate Acrobat Pinot Gris ($15)
This is one of my favorite everyday, bring to a party, break out for take out, drink just because kind of wine. Refreshing, but with layers of ripe fruit, this white wine is ready for anything.
Iron Horse Estate Chardonnay ($23)
For Chardonnay-lovers, this balanced estate Chardonnay from Sonoma is fantastic. Not overpowering in oak or butter, the balance and complexity you get for the price is a steal.
Man Vintners Chenin Blanc ($12)
Sauvignon Blanc lovers should try this – Chenin Blanc from South Africa makes wine with the acidity of Sauvignon Blanc, but a more ripe fruit character in the background. Not as aromatic as Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin is a bit milder, but still zesty and delightful.
Eroica Riesling ($17)
Spicy meal? Wine for brunch? Something light on a hot day? This Riesling is perfect. Classic aromas and flavors for Riesling – peach, pear, mineral, floral… and then the zing of acidity with the slightest touch of sweetness.
Hewitson Miss Harry GSM ($20)
GSM, which means Grenache-Shiraz-Mourvedre, is a common blend, and quite popular in Australia. Hewitson nails the blend in this wine with the perfect balance of ripe fruit, spice and savory character. Perfect for BBQ.
Primus The Blend ($20)
Chile makes some pretty incredible value wines, and this blend is a perfect example. Ripe fruit dominates, with a smoky undertone. Excellent for grilled meats or anything slow-cooked.
Il Poggione Rosso di Montalcino ($24)
If you had to have one go-to for any meal, this would be it. Italian red wine is a classic food-friendly wine and this Tuscan red from a great vintage totally delivers. Good structure, ripe red fruits and a touch of earth make it the dinner table winner.
Ancient Peaks Paso Robles Renegade ($19.99)
Everyone wants a dense and juicy red blend. This big and bold red from Paso Robles in California gives just that – fruit-forward and rich, this blend is all about big flavors.
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