affordable wine en-US 10 Wines That Taste Pricier Than They Are <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-wines-that-taste-pricier-than-they-are" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="" alt="wine" title="wine" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Value, when it comes to wine, is in the palate of the beholder. But it also depends on the wallet of the beholder, as well. Frankly, what is considered to be a great deal on a wine for dinner is worlds apart depending on whether you have that conversation with Bill Gates or Warren Buffett or with little ol' me. (See also: <a href="">10 Cheap and Tasty Wines</a>)</p> <p>You can start with a $5 gallon jug and work up from there until you hit the pinnacle of bad wine purchases, which was the bottle of 1787 Chateau Lafite that sold for $156,000 plus or about $26,000 per glass in 1985. Given that Bordeaux lasts about 50 years, what is known as the most expensive bottle of wine ever sold was really the most expensive bottle of vinegar ever sold.</p> <p>Luckily for everyone else, there's a lot of ground in the middle. The Wine Enthusiast, for example, reviewed 16,000 bottles of wine in 2013, coming up with a list of <a href="">100 Must Have Wines</a> for the year. And &quot;must have&quot; essentially means that all 100 on the list were considered worth the price.</p> <p>Their list includes a $98 bottle of Cavallotto 2007 Vignolo Riserva Barolo, a good deal for some, if you have that kind of coin. Unfortunately, I don't.</p> <p>Here are some bottles with pedestrian price tags you might enjoy. They certainly taste better than their price tag would indicate, so you can impress your guests without spending too much.</p> <p>I've leaned on reviewers I trust and my own excursions into the field (or into a bottle) to come up with these.</p> <h2>5 Red Wines</h2> <p>Red wines are for romance, beef or lamb dinners, and windy porches. Picnics, too. And outings on the boat. And for impressing your boss. (See also: <a href="">10 Reasons to Drink Wine</a>)</p> <h3>Zestos Old Vine Garnacha 2011</h3> <p>This is a quaffable <a href="">$8 steal</a> from Spain that gets high marks from reviewers, who declare it is delightful for informal outings &mdash; a good backyard wine, rather than a dinner table wine. It will wash down a hamburger quite well, one reviewer said. With this price, I had to put it on the list.</p> <h3>Dr. Konstantin Frank Cabernet Franc 2011</h3> <p>Speaking from experience now, this is a surprising New York wine that sells for $16 and is both mature and lively. It has a gutsy punch that is sometimes defined as bright, peppery, and elegant. For a dark red, it also has a soft underbelly. You might say it has exotic overtones. What I like is the tang that accompanies New York reds, which some find a distraction, but I have grown fond of over the years. It makes the wine more versatile when choosing something for dinner, because this wine will go with anything and it will please your snooty wine friends and please your less-experienced drinkers, as well.</p> <h3>Borsao Berola 2008</h3> <p>Another bottle from Spain, this is a blend with a bright bouquet that retails for under $20 and has dark red color and a complex taste. This wine tastes older than it is; it has matured well and has a bold, fruity flavor blended into a soft presentation. It's full-bodied, in other words, but with a tickle, rather than a punch. Whereas I would have said &quot;seductive,&quot; it is also described as &quot;silky.&quot; (I figured that was a polite way of saying seductive, anyway.) The blend in this bottle is 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, which reads to me like an excellent potion. It is matured in French and American oak barrels and consistently gets rated with 90 points from reviewers &mdash; a great rating for an inexpensive wine.</p> <h3>Ex Libris Cabernet Sauvignon 2009</h3> <p>This is a fashionable wine from Washington State about which Chelsea Wine Vault owner David Hunter said &quot;over-delivers&quot; for the price. He is not alone in that assessment. The Reverse Wine Snob says this bottle &quot;<a href="">drinks like a $45 Cabernet</a>,&quot; and yet it retails for $14. I haven't tasted this one myself, but those are two reviewers I consider very reliable.</p> <h3>Mt. Beautiful North Canterbury Pinot Noir 2011</h3> <p>This is a spicy, complex wine from New Zealand that averages a rating of 89.4, which brings up expectations of a $30 price tag. Not so. This wine has a hint of cranberry, black cherry, and a hint of oak, says reviewer Jon Thorsen at The Reverse Wine Snob. Further, it's a &quot;<a href="">medium bodied&hellip; [with] absolutely fabulous balance</a>&quot; wine that retails for $18.</p> <h2>5 Whites</h2> <p>White wines are good for pasta dishes, fish, the salad course, wine beginners, and family gatherings (or other gatherings where some might shun the punchier red wines).</p> <h3>Herman Wiemer's Finger Lakes Dry Riesling 2012</h3> <p>Now that we're here on the whites, let's start with my favorite. This is a warm wine with more than a hint of apricot and an aftertaste that hints of lemon-tinged butterscotch. It is often used as a dessert wine, but who likes to wait for dessert, anyway? This makes a great starter wine or something you can serve with soup, salad, and poultry, and it will have your guests talking and expecting surprises all night. Of course, that would only work if you are following up with white wines, because you don't follow this with reds. That would be like following a ballet with a boxing match. <a href=";_r=0">For $16</a>, it&rsquo;s a serious crowd pleaser.</p> <h3>Laurenz V. Singing Gruner Veltliner 2011</h3> <p>This is a feel-good wine from Austria that is fruity and crisp and sophisticated &mdash; only wine can present all those contradictions in one glass. This is a wine you want around if you have lots of guests, because it is <a href="">under $20</a>, so you can pour liberally. If anyone complains (and that is not likely) tell them the money you saved went into the meal. (See also: <a href="">Feed a Dinner Party of 6 for Under $20</a>)</p> <h3>Donnafugata Lighea Zibibbo Sicilia 2011</h3> <p>How is it that an imported Italian Moscato wine <a href="">selling for $12</a> tastes so exceptional? I almost believe that the cheaper the wine the more ethnicity it can claim. This is a dry, regional, perfumy wine that has bursts of fruity and flowery flavors. There are subtle hints of pear and peach that are quite exhilarating. Anyway, if it's good enough for the man on the street in Rome, it's good enough for me &mdash; and my budget.</p> <h3>Indaba Chenin Blanc 2011</h3> <p>My budget friendly pick from South Africa costs $7 per bottle and tastes like&hellip; well, if I had a $50 bottle to compare it to, I would. But this is certainly a surprise for most wine buyers. After all, it's not from France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Germany, California, New York, or any of the standard wine regions. Nevertheless, a $7 bottle of wine (how can they even ship it for that cost?) is not going to break many budgets out there. But this is a bright wine that has a citrus-like, tangy, but full flavored. Hard to pass that up. (See also: <a href="">Great Wines Under $10</a>)</p> <h3>Kris Pinot Grigio 2011</h3> <p>This $12 bottle of Italian wine provokes a question: Are you ever in the mood for a white wine that is totally unpretentious, but has startling fullness? Sometimes, rather than &quot;a subtle bouquet&quot; or &quot;an elegant, but shy aftertaste that is reminiscent of blackberries,&quot; you just want a wine that is belly-slapping yummy? This wine might be that. Reviewers say the Pinot Grigio grape has managed to settle comfortably in Northeast Italy, and that sounds reasonable to me. But when a white wine is robust and affordable, I'm going to be pouring some of that to go along with chicken or fish and maybe pork, as well. And this import will fit the bill nicely for that.</p> <p><em>What's your favorite great tasting, low cost bottle of wine? Pour us a taste in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="">Anthony Hall</a> of <a href="">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="">credit card comparison</a> website. 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Restaurant owners love the concept because they don't have to purchase a liquor license or hire a bartender, and you love it because you don't have to pay $10 for a glass of wine. And bringing your own booze doesn't just cut down on the bill. It can also provide an opportunity to get creative with your food and drink pairings or prompt you to finally open that bottle of wine you've been saving for a special occasion. If you are dining with a group, you might even offer to bring a six pack of your favorite brew to make splitting the bill a little easier. (See also: <a href="">Techniques for Splitting the Bill</a>)</p> <p>Even if choosing which BYOB&nbsp;cuisine you are in the mood for is a no-brainer, deciding what to pair it with can be a challenge, especially if your goal is to save money. There are plenty of frugal drink choices, from barley wine to sake, that can easily be paired with some of your favorite dishes. The types of BYOB restaurants do vary, but here are a few of the more common types of BYOB cuisine, listed with some inexpensive but delicious drinks to pair with your meal.</p> <h2>Thai and Vietnamese</h2> <p>One of the more common types of BYOB cuisine, Thai and Vietnamese dishes tend to be spicy, which means they pair well with certain white wines and lighter beers. If you aren't a huge fan of sweet or overly fruity wine or beer, you can always go for something dry or hoppy. Either way, here are a few recommendations in those categories.</p> <p><strong>Wines: Riesling, Gewurztraminer, or Pinot Gris</strong></p> <p>While a sweet Riesling will definitely help tame the spice, any kind of Riesling pairs well with many types of Thai flavors. I prefer a dry Riesling, and my favorite is <a href="">Bloom Riesling</a> from Germany, partly because of its dryness and flavor, but also because I can usually find it under $10. Gewurztraminers are typically served at Thanksgiving, since this wine &mdash; similar to a dry Riesling &mdash; goes well with turkey, but it is also a fine choice for spicy foods. You can usually find <a href="">Mill Creek Gewurztraminer</a> from California for under $15. Another favorite wine to pair with spicy or Asian dishes is a Pinot Gris, because of its rich fruit flavors and crispness. If you can find it, the <a href="">Lange Estate Winery Pinot Gris</a> from Oregon is a very good domestic wine for the price, usually starting at around $10. No matter which one you choose, it is best to chill these wines (or any white) before you head out to the restaurant.</p> <p><strong>Beers: Saison/Farmhouse Ale</strong></p> <p>A standard Belgian Saison (French for <a href="">&quot;Season&quot;</a>), or Farmhouse Ale, has rich citrus flavors with hints of autumnal spices. The <a href="">Saison Dupont</a> from Belgium comes in a 750ml bottle (typically around $10, and the same size as a wine bottle), so there's enough to go around. This Saison epitomizes the dry, yeasty flavors typical of many Farmhouse ales, and I find it an all-around beer that compliments spicy or mild cuisine. I highly recommend it with super spicy stir-fried dishes, because the malt and citrus enhance the peppery flavors in the food. <a href="">Smuttynose</a> also makes a decent and affordable Farmhouse. Before you pour, ask your server for something akin to a <a href="">tulip glass</a> or snifter, if they have one. According to the <em>Beer Advocate</em>, a Saison needs a glass that &quot;Captures and enhances volatiles, while it induces and supports large foamy heads.&quot; While there are many theories about the <a href="">temperature at which you should serve</a> finely crafted beers, it is probably best to avoid serving such a well-rounded beer at ice cold temps.</p> <h2>Italian and Pizza</h2> <p>Italian restaurants and pizza joints are a little trickier, since they are not typically BYOB, and Italian menus have a variety of dishes that you can pair with just about any kind of wine. Still, you can find a few BYOB Italian and pizza places out there. While beer and pizza is a classic combo, it can also pair well with a nice red or white wine, depending on the sauce and toppings. This list contains some of my favorites, but don't limit yourself when pairing drinks with Italian fare.</p> <p><strong>Wines: Chianti, Barolo, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, or White Zinfandel</strong></p> <p>Before you get overwhelmed by that list, I will start by saying that Barolo and Chianti are classic Italian wines. They go with any dish that has a tomato base, including pizza. Barolos are a little more pricey and harder to find than a cheap Chianti. If you want to go super cheap, try <a href="">Marchesi de Frescobaldi Nipozzano Chianti</a>, which starts at $2 for some vintages! Merlot and Cab Sav both pair well with heavy meat dishes, but some wine enthusiasts think that the cheap bottles of drier reds are not worth the money saved. As someone who lives on a shoestring budget, I take that as a challenge. <a href="">Red Truck</a> Merlot is usually priced around $8 a bottle, and for a Merlot under $10, I find it to be a very decent wine. White Zinfandel and Chardonnay go well with lighter Italian fare or white pizza. Most California White Zins can be found under $15, and for a tasty Chardonnay under $15, try the&nbsp;<a href="">Mercer Estates Chardonnay</a> from Washington state.</p> <p><strong>Beers: Pilsner or Hefeweizen</strong></p> <p>Pilsners are not only a perfect match for pizza; they can also go well with most Italian dishes, particularly heavier ones since a traditional pilsner is a lighter beer. Even though many cheap pilsners have a bad reputation, I share Paul Michael's secret love for <a href="">PBR</a>. But if you want to get a little adventurous, try a Hefeweizen, which is a little fuller than a pilsner and has a citrus flavor that I think pairs well with pasta and pizza. <a href="">Sierra Nevada Kellerweis</a> is a fairly inexpensive Hefeweizen (usually around $8 for a six pack) that you can find in most stores. If you can't find Kellerweis, look for <a href="">Harpoon's UFO Hefeweizen</a>, which sells for around the same price.</p> <h2>Indian and African</h2> <p>Most of the Ethiopian, Moroccan, Egyptian, and Indian restaurants I've been to are BYOB, which is partly why I've grouped them together. But they also have similar flavors and spices. Indian and Ethiopian foods tend to be very spicy, so you can try some of the pairings mentioned under Thai and Vietnamese cuisine. Here are a few more suggestions.</p> <p><strong>Wines: Honey wine, Riesling, Malbec, or Cabernet Sauvignon</strong></p> <p>I lived in D.C. for a few years, and the District is known for some of the best Ethiopian restaurants outside of Ethiopia. Many of the places that served alcohol would offer the traditional beverage of Ethiopia, a honey wine called tej, but it's not often cheap or easy to find. Instead, you might try bringing a sweeter Riesling or a white blend. The French wine <a href="">La Vieille Ferme Blanc</a> is a white blend that goes with light or spicy fare. Priced at $7 and under, it's a great value. Cabernet Sauvignon may seem like an odd choice for spicy food, but I think the heaviness rounds out the flavors, and it goes well with many of the meats served in African or Indian restaurants, such as lamb and beef. Red Truck also makes a Cab Sav made with organic grapes, which is labeled as <a href="">Green Truck</a> and sells for under $15. I like to drink that one with Moroccan dishes.</p> <p><strong>Beers: India Pale Ale, Traditional Lager, Hefeweizen, or Barley wine</strong></p> <p>While I think any of these beers go well with African or Indian food, I prefer a traditional lager with spicy food. It's light, malty, and a little sweet to cut the spice. My favorite inexpensive lager is <a href="">Yuengling</a>. I know many beer snobs who agree that for the price, this is a decent lager. I also love many of the cheaper IPAs out there. Recently, I tried the Long Hammer IPA from Red Hook, and although it didn't get rave reviews at the <em>Beer Advocate</em>, I thought it was flavorful. The flavors were also enhanced with a spicy meal, and for the price, it's a good choice for a BYOB East African or Indian dishes.</p> <h2>Burgers and Pub Fare</h2> <p>To me, there is simply nothing better than a burger, fries, and a cold brew. Even if you aren't eating beef on a bun, most red meats are good with any kind of beer. Don't rule out wine, however. You can serve red or white with burgers. Most pub and bistro food, in fact, doesn't necessarily call for one or the other. I think with burgers and pub fare, it's really up to your preferences. Here are a few of my favorites.</p> <p><strong>Wines: Pinot Noir, Syrah blend, Merlot, or Pinot Gris</strong></p> <p>One of my newest discoveries is <a href=";hl=en&amp;client=firefox-a&amp;hs=8EE&amp;rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&amp;prmd=imvns&amp;bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_cp.r_qf.,cf.osb&amp;biw=1280&amp;bih=586&amp;um=1&amp;ie=UTF-8&amp;tbm=shop&amp;cid=4071718109203839435&amp;sa=X&amp;ei=6ldBT8vkHIbx0gGa5ZG8Bw&amp;ved=0CFwQ8wIwAA">Bistro Pinot Noir</a> from France, which you can find as cheap as $6 a bottle in some places! This is one of the best cheap wines I've had in a while. The tannins are not too overwhelming like many cheap reds, and it didn't leave that acidic aftertaste that I find with most $6-$8 bottles. Another decent red that can be found at around the same price is the <a href=";state=CA">La Vieille Ferme</a> Red, also from France. I've only seen one red and one white from this vineyard, and the red is a blend of Syrah and other grapes that produces a very nice red blend for the price. I prefer reds overall, but if I were to choose a white, I'd go with a Pinot Gris or Gewurztraminer, especially for the more gamey meats, such as lamb and venison burgers.</p> <p><strong>Beers: Wheat Ale, Pale Ale, Traditional Lager, or Farmhouse Ale</strong></p> <p>My favorite beer and pub food pairing is a nice Saison or Farmhouse Ale, and any of the ones I mentioned under Thai and Vietnamese food are excellent choices. If you prefer more traditional ales and lagers, then I would recommend the <a href="">UFO White Ale</a> from Harpoon Brewery in Boston. If you want a good pale ale, and you don't mind going up slightly in price, I highly recommend <a href="">Stone Pale Ale</a>. Anything from this brewery is an excellent choice. Again, it's really up to you, but there are so many wonderful and moderately priced beers out there, it's hard to choose a favorite. With pub fare, I'd say your best option is to experiment and try something you might not normally drink.</p> <h2>Greek and Mediterranean</h2> <p>Whether you prefer the vegetables and hummus or the lamb, Greek and Mediterranean food can be paired with a variety of wine or beer. Depending on your palette, you may find that an unexpected pairing can enhance your dining experience the most. As with pub food, be adventurous when you go to a BYOB Mediterranean or Greek restaurant. Here are a few suggestions to get you started.</p> <p><strong>Wines: Malbec, Pinot Gris, or Chardonnay</strong></p> <p>Malbecs are becoming better known as a well-priced versatile wine. I&nbsp;prefer the Agua de Piedra Reserva Malbec (see <a href="">10 Great Wines Under 10 Dollars</a>, #2 on the list). Any dish with cheese is a great match for this red, but especially a strong Feta. Another new frugal favorite is the <a href="">Alamos Chardonnay</a>, which is also from Argentina. I was surprised that at $6.99 a bottle (at my local co-op), this full-flavored wine went well with anything, but especially fish. You can't go wrong with the flavor and the price on this Chardonnay.</p> <p><strong>Beers: Summer Ale or White Ale</strong></p> <p>The <a href="">Brooklyn Summer Ale</a> is my top choice for Greek and Mediterranean food, but there are many summer and wheat ales out there that you can find for a good price. <a href="">Blue Moon Belgian White</a> is another popular one. I would recommend either one of these to share at the neighborhood BYOB Greek joint.</p> <h2>Sushi and Seafood</h2> <p>Raw or cooked, fish and seafood are prime candidates for white wines and lighter beers; however, if you are more of a dark beer or red wine drinker, there are plenty of those to choose from as well. Stout and oysters are an unlikely pair, for instance, but this is one combination I would recommend if you like to hit a BYOB oyster bar. Don't forget to pick up a bottle of sake when you head out to your favorite sushi restaurant, because you don't have to drink it warm to enjoy it with your rolls and sashimi.</p> <p><strong>Wine/Sake: Sake Momokawa, Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay</strong></p> <p>I have to say that while I'm not a sake aficionado, I do trust the <a href="">experts at Sake One</a>. I've thoroughly enjoyed any sake I've tasted from this Oregon-based company, particularly the <a href="">Momokawa</a>. You don't have to bring sake just because you're eating at a BYOB&nbsp;sushi place, though. One of the cheapest yet drinkable wines that is readily available is the <a href="">FishEye Winery Pinot Grigio</a>. If you're like my friends who raise eyebrows when they see a bottle of it in my fridge, here's my response &mdash; I&nbsp;can get it at the gas station on the way home, and it's ideal for spicy seafood and a thin wallet.</p> <p><strong>Beers: Stout or White Ale</strong></p> <p>My favorite white ale is the <a href="">Allagash White</a>, and while it isn't as cheap as some of the other ales I've recommended, it's an excellent beer for the price. You won't find many beers of that quality under ten bucks for a six pack. It's light and crisp, and it goes extremely well with seafood. If it's a stout you're looking for, you can never go wrong with <a href="">Guinness</a>, but there are plenty of comparable and well-rounded stouts made here in the states that give this famous Irish stout a run for the money. Although I'm slightly biased, the Vermont-based <a href="">Rock Art Stump Jumper Gnarly Stout</a> is everything you'd want in a well-balanced stout to wash down those raw oysters (if you can find it).</p> <p>Don't forget to ask about a corking fee. Some restaurants will charge a small fee to uncork your wine bottle, usually between two and five dollars. For more wine pairing tips, check out these <a href="">wine-pairing suggestions</a>.</p> <p><em>Do you have a favorite food and drink pairing for a BYOB restaurant?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="">Ashley Watson</a> of <a href="">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="">credit card comparison</a> website. 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But that doesn't mean that every expensive bottle is worth the money, or that you can't buy a decent bottle of wine for less than $10. (See also: <a href="">Make Bad Wine Better</a>)</p> <p>Whether you're a Merlot or Chardonnay fan, there are plenty of highly drinkable and food-friendly wines that won't cost you a day's wages. Prices may vary in some areas, but for the most part, these wines are consistently priced for people on a budget.</p> <h3>1. Bloom Riesling 2007 (Germany)</h3> <p>Personally I prefer reds, but if I'm going to drink white, I usually go for a Riesling, and the drier the better. Although slightly sweet, this wine has just the right amount of dryness to balance the fruit flavors. Bring a bottle to your favorite Thai or Vietnamese BYOB restaurant and order the spiciest item on the menu. If you don't like spice, this wine pairs well with turkey or fish, or served chilled on its own.</p> <p><em>Average price: $8.99</em></p> <h3>2. Agua de Piedra Reserva Malbec 2010 (Argentina)</h3> <p>Spicy yet smooth, this Malbec goes well with just about anything. I like to keep a few bottles on hand for those nights I want to relax by the fire, or when I want to share a bottle with friends over appetizers or dessert. The earthy tones and rich tannins are a perfect match for goat cheese, sharp cheddar, or a simple Bruschetta. For the chocolate lover, this is your wine. It's also a nice compliment to meat or pasta dishes.</p> <p><em>Average price: $6.99</em></p> <h3>3. Due Torri Pinot Noir 2009 (Italy)</h3> <p>Don't be fooled by the screw top; this wine can compete with any of its corked counterparts. Dry and soft, this wine loves pesto or a rare steak. It has a velvety texture and an oaky finish that is perfectly balanced and easy going down. Though slightly higher in price, this wine is well worth the money.</p> <p><em>Average price: $9.99</em></p> <h3>4. Luzon Verde 2008 (Spain)</h3> <p>Like the Due Torri Pinot, this red is also oaky, but with some strong fruit flavors to complete the tannins. Hints of cherry and blueberry give this wine a distinct earthy flavor at the end. But what I like most about it is the overall peppery character &mdash; a perfect match for pasta dishes with tons of garlic. I also like to serve it with olives and strong cheeses. Try it with an herbed goat cheese appetizer or a Kalamata olive tapenade. This vineyard also makes a nice white at around the same price.</p> <p><em>Average price: $8.99</em></p> <h3>5. Recanati Yasmin White 2010 (Israel)</h3> <p>Move over Manischewitz! This Kosher wine is versatile, light, and best of all, affordable. Perfect for Passover or Shabbat dinner, you can enjoy this with the standard food pairings for a white &mdash; fish, poultry, and vegetables &mdash; or on its own; either way, it is best served chilled. The blend of three different grapes creates a nice balance of fruit and spice. It is a bit on the dry side, and a great choice if you want a Kosher wine that doesn&rsquo;t taste like syrup. But you don&rsquo;t have to be Jewish to enjoy a great wine at a great price.</p> <p><em>Average price: $9.99</em></p> <h3>6. Ipsum White 2008 (Spain)</h3> <p>I confess &mdash; I chose this wine because of the label. I&rsquo;m a sucker for anything with a bike on it or that pulls off that &ldquo;European&rdquo; look, which is why I was pleasantly surprised once I took the first sip. It&rsquo;s a complex wine that, at first, has a buttery flavor similar to a Chardonnay, and then finishes with hints of apple and pear. It is dry and very food-friendly. I served it with lamb the first time I tried it, but this is a white that can be served with anything. I highly recommend it, even if you don&rsquo;t prefer whites or dry wines. Although most whites are best served chilled, this one is better if you take it out of the fridge for thirty minutes and serve it closer to room temperature.</p> <p><em>Average price: $9.99</em></p> <h3>7. Lunetta Prosecco Sparkling Wine 2010 (Italy)</h3> <p>If you are looking for a wine to help celebrate a special occasion or something to serve in your mimosa, this moderately priced bubbly is a well-rounded sparkling wine. Refreshing, crisp, and medium dry, it is a delightful substitute for the much higher priced Champagne. You can also serve it with light pasta, appetizers, or <a href="">seafood</a>. I highly recommend serving it as chilled as possible. As it starts to warm up, it loses its crispness and flavor. Try putting it in the freezer for thirty minutes to an hour before serving, and serve in a chilled glass if possible.</p> <p><em>Average price: $7.99</em></p> <h3>8. Hey Mambo Sultry Red 2008 (California)</h3> <p>This is another versatile red that is both deep in color and flavor. You can taste the pepper almost immediately, and if you let it sit on the tongue for a second, the oak and array of fruits &mdash; from raspberry to plum &mdash; finish it off. Dry and light, you can serve it with rich desserts, such as cheesecake and dark chocolates, but it is a great food wine because of its balance and complexity. I like it with spicy Italian dishes, but you could serve it with a nice steak or exotic meats, such as venison, goat, or lamb.</p> <p><em>Average price: $8.99</em></p> <h3>9. La Vielle Ferme Blanc &mdash; Blended White 2010 (France)</h3> <p>This is also known as &ldquo;The Chicken Wine,&rdquo; because of the chicken on the label. You can even find it on Facebook, where it claims that it is one of the best values for a French wine. I would have to agree, and the La Vielle red is a nice wine as well. The blanc is best served with light meat dishes. Try it with seared salmon or tuna, but if you want something different it can also accompany yellowtail or the more moderately priced tilapia. I&rsquo;ve also served it with creamy pasta and vegetables. It&rsquo;s really up to you and your taste buds, but you can&rsquo;t beat that price for a decent French wine.</p> <p><em>Average price: $9.99</em></p> <h3>10. Broke Ass Red Wine 2010 (Argentina)</h3> <p>I&rsquo;ve saved the best for last, at least the best price. It isn&rsquo;t as food-friendly as the other wines on the list, but you can certainly serve it with a light meal. If you like reds but not something too oaky or acidic, this wine is a great sipping wine, especially for the price. Starting at five dollars in some stores, this is a great everyday red to have on your rack when you just want to pop a cork and relax. The name says it all.</p> <p><em>Average Price: $6.99</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="">Ashley Watson</a> of <a href="">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="">credit card comparison</a> website. 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