We all want to be able to enjoy ourselves and still be able to save some money at the end of the day. Here are our picks for some of our favorite values for under $12 we think you will enjoy this summer and on!
Ipsum Verdejo 2008
We love this crisp Spanish white for an easy drinking summer wine. White flowers and herbs on the nose, cirtus and tart apple flavors with herbal undertones on the palate. Great wine to pair with chicken or bean fajitas or vegetable dishes.
Hey Mambo Sultry Red
Varietal: blend of Syrah, Barbera, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Malbec, and Alicante Bouchet grapes
Smooth, Smooth Smooth!! This is a great weeknight sipper. The Syrah gives it the subtle smokiness and dark fruit flavor and then Zin gives it a bit more fruit forward style. It has a slightly peppery essence and a smooth finish. Perfect pizza night wine!
Owl House Red (From Ledgewood Creek)
Varietal: Syrah, Grenache, maybe a little Mouvedre blended with Cab and Merlot
We carry a really delicious Chardonnay from Ledgewood Creek that I think drinks like a more expensive wine than the $14.99 price tag. This little red blend is brought to us from the same producer – a fun little everyday drinking wine at an awesome price. Pretty ripe and juicy on the palate – a touch of spice and earth but its a pretty fruit forward wine. The price tag is the best part. A very drinkable red for $7.99 everyday!
D’Arenberg Stump Jump Shiraz
McLaren Vale, Australia
Big, plump, juicy and spicy!! A big Shiraz and big bang for your buck. The fruit flavors are vibrant and the tannins are smooth – this is a very sippable wine! Wine Spectator Top 100 Wine list and a 90 Point Rating.
Caves de l’ Angeline Rose d’Anjou 2009
Loire Valley, France
Varietal: a blend of Grenache and Syrah and possibly some Cab Franc
I have really been enjoying this wine during the summer months. While not sweet, it is definitely fruity and has a ton of raspberry, strawberry and watermelon flavors that really sort of explode in your mouth – and just a touch of acidity to the finish. I am feeling like it is pretty chic to drink pink – and you should too.
Four Vines “Naked” Chardonnay 2009
Santa Barbara, California
I love Chardonnay because of all the different styles and all the various flavors that come through when drinking Chardonnay – anything from pineapple to citrus to granny smith apples to butter and vanilla. While I do love a balanced Chardonnay with a touch more creaminess, this is my favorite option for something with more body, but with a crispness and acidity that is super refreshing in the summertime. I love this wine with pretty much anything from fish to chicken to just on its own!
Terre d’Alleramo Dolcetto 2008
This is such a great every night wine to pour with pasta or cheese and flatbread. Its nice bright fruit and soft on the palate – very pleasant and easy going. A great every day Italian red and very affordable.
Baguala Torrontes 2008
Great summertime patio sipper! Bright, crisp, citrus and melon flavors. No need to pair this with food – you can totally enjoy it on its own on a hot summer day ( which we have been having a LOT of lately!)
Barnard Griffin Riesling 2009
Columbia Valley, Washington
This is a great Riesling for those that enjoy a more balanced, drier Riesling with a touch more acidity. This is great to enjoy with sushi or spicier Asian fare. You get lots of layers of flavor from pear to citrus with a touch of minerality. A touch of sweetness to the finish.
Grayson Cellars Zinfandel 2009
This is a pretty nice, ripe and spicy Zin for the $10 pricetag. Full bodied with LOTS of dark berry flavors on the palate. A nice spicy cinnamon component too. This is great with BBQ or just to enjoy on its own.