Holiday Wines for around $10

13 Dec

by Green Gourmet L

When I was living in Columbia, SC, I started a wine club. There were so many nights when I felt myself staring at the same 3 bottles of wine at the grocery store. And I figured, if there are enough other wino-s out here in Cola who want to learn a little more about good wines, maybe we could get together and drink once in a while. Well, it worked! And we had (and they continue to have) some great times and drink some great wines.

I continue to want to find good, inexpensive wines that are perfect for any occasion. Wine is always a good thing to pick up for a dinner party, a hostess gift, or as a thank you for taking care of my cat (!). I am a fan of “3 buck chuck” from Trader Joes on week nights, but on weekends and with friends it’s time to step it up.  Since it’s the holidays, the time is right to start popping open those zinfandels and pinots and malbecs (oh my!).  Here’s what I’m obsessed with at the moment. And good news, they are all around $10-12…can’t go wrong with that! All of these wines were found at Whole Foods, Trader Joes, and our neighborhoood DC wine shop.

Wily Jack Zinfandel

This wine gives huge bang for the buck. It’s a Zinfandel, so lots of jammy plum and blackberry flavors. The bottle says you can also taste sweet vanilla and toasty flavors of cinnamon and nutmeg spices. Perfect to pair with turkey/chicken, pizza, tomato-based pasta dishes and stews.

Santa Isabela Malbec

Brilliant ruby red in color, this wine gives flavors of plum, anise, raspberry jam, and black cherry. Choose a malbec to go with your spicy ethnic dishes like Mexican, Italian, and Cajun. This also stands up to hearty meats like lamb and sausage.

Castle Rock Pinot Noir

This wine is elegant and medium bodied, with a smooth and silky texture. It has flavors of black cherry, plum, and spice. Pairs well with lighter meats, salmon, and grilled veggies.

Note: They also make a Cabernet that I found at Trader Joes for also around $7. Bonus!

Castle Rock Cabernet


And for something sparkling, I found this delicious Cava at Whole Foods for under $15. Perfect for making champagne cocktails or just sipping on Christmas Eve.

1+1=3 Cava

Cava is an excellent sparkling wine to drink for any occasion. It is typically cheaper than Prosecco and Champagne but still has a nice, crisp taste. Cava is a great wine for appetizers and desserts, but you can also eat it with light fish, seafood, salad, and pasta. 

Have fun drinking your favorite holiday wines! And don’t forget to tell them you read about it on Green Gourmets!



One Response to “Holiday Wines for around $10”

  1. Brian December 15, 2010 at 6:42 PM #

    Thanks for the suggestions – I’ve often thought that the biggest difference between a $10 bottle of wine and a $50 bottle of wine is… you guessed it… $40! Keep up the great work – I LOVE this blog!!

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