Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Top 10 Value Wines Under $10

1. Woop Woop Shiraz 2007 (Australia) $9
Woop Woop Australia Wines
The Woop Woop Shiraz is not just a fun name, but actually a pretty fun wine! It offers good fruit, great value and has the flexibility and price of an everyday red wine. You'll notice good ruby red color, hints of vanilla on the nose and loads of blackberry on the palate with a decent finish. Give this Shiraz a go with roasted or grilled red meat or a bowl of chili.

2. Blackstone Merlot 2007 (CA) $9

The 2007 Blackstone Merlot is an easy-going red wine find, with a very food-friendly nature. This Merlot has a flavor profile that is brimming over with the ripe fruit flavors of raspberry and blackberry and bits of vanilla. The Blackstone Merlot is exceptionally easy to find, well-priced and is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. Pairs well with pork tenderloin and a variety of pizzas with toppings ranging from peppers to pepperoni.
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3. Ecco Domani Pinot Grigio 2007 (Italy) $9

Ecco Domani
The Ecco Domani Pinot Grigio has a light/clear yellow color in the glass and pineapple on the nose. On the palate you'll find pineapple making its mark again along with pear and apple. This particlular Pinot Grigio also has a small amount of Chardonnay grapes blended in as well. Try pairing this everyday white wine with a seafood pasta dish, fresh fish, or pasta primavera.

4. Smoking Loon Syrah 2007(CA) $10

Don & Sons
The 2007 Smoking Loon Syrah is a dynamite deal for just $10 a pop. The nose gives you hints of chocolate dipped strawberries and the palate reveals dark cherry, cranberry and a bit of blueberry. On the palate evolution you'll notice some earthy undertones and a bit of pepper. This Syrah has an intensity that can stand up to a variety of flavorful and well-seasoned red meat dishes.

5. Red Truck Winery Sauvignon Blanc 2007 (CA) $10

Red Truck Winery
The 2007 Red Truck Sauvignon Blanc is made with organic grapes and makes for a very citrus-focused wine. You'll find orange, lemon peel and a bit of grapefruit both on the nose and the palate, with fresh acidity. This wine would be good with baked or grilled fish or a creamy dill sauce on chicken.

6. Freixenet Sparkling Cordon Negro Brut (Spain) $10

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This sparkling wine is a blend of three of Spain's white grapes: Macabeo, Xarel-lo and Parellada - which all combine to make a noticeably balanced wine with crisp flavors and a smooth finish. Consider this brut for a variety of food options, from the fancy and formal to the informal summer gathering - it offers a ton of pairing versatility at a price that offers considerable value.

7. Rutherford Ranch Chardonnay 2007 (CA) $10

Rutherford Ranch
The 2007 Rutherford Ranch Chardonnay is filled to the brim with ripe fruit - peaches, pineapple, apple and a bit of lemon peel. These bright fruit flavors give this white wine find a beautiful foundation for being a terrific food wine. The Rutherford Ranch Chardonnay is a fairly full-bodied Chardand will pair well with crab cakes, lemon tarragon chicken and creamy pastas.

8. Chateau Ste. Michelle Columbia Valley Gewurztraminer 2007 (WA) $9

Ch. Ste. Michelle
The 2007 Chateau Ste. Michelle Columbia Valley Gewurztraminer brings a spicy beat to white wine sipping. It is a true crowd pleaser, perfect for backyard shin digs with its refreshing, crisp flavor profile. This medium-bodied Gewurztraminer delivers pears packed in pumpkin spice on the palate. Perfect for Asian fare and even some Tex Mex as it can handle spice and some cilantro seasoning well. At $9 bucks a pop this is a fantastic wine to have on hand for virtually any occasion.
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9. Pacific Rim Riesling 2007 (WA) $9

Pacific Rim
For all of you "sweet" Riesling lovers out there, this is your wine! Pacific Rim is known for making fantastic New World Riesling wines (both dry and sweet) at very reasonable price points. Yummy with Thai or spicy Asian cuisine that could use the sweet of this Riesling to contrast the heat of the dish.

10. Ironstone Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 (CA) $9

Ironstone Vineyards
This Ironstone Cabernet Sauvignon is a juicy, medium-bodied Cab at a fantastic price. It offers loads of fruit and soft tannins. It is a fairly easy-going Cabernet Sauvignon that will welcome New World red wine drinkers into its fold quickly. Lots of bang for the buck and would pair especially well with the richer dark meat of turkey and trimmings, a London broil or even a hamburger.


  1. Love that Blackstone Merlot. You have a couple on your list I haven't tried. Will add them to my shopping list!

  2. You forgot about Barefoot. Their wine is so delicious even if you're on a budget, but you don't sacrifice taste and bold flavor.