Some may say you have to throw down some cash for a serious bottle of wine and follow someone else’s point system to judge a good bottle of wine. I disagree, and if you are one of these die-hards, then I dare you to listen to Freakonomics’ episode on The Days of Wine and Mouses.
I’m not saying to throw out the system entirely, after all, I often use Wine Spectator or Wilfred Wong’s point system to help navigate through my choices when purchasing a bottle of wine. The point is that when all is said and done, you like what you like and you don’t have to spend $50+ to enjoy a good bottle of grape.
One of my favorite places to shop for wine is Costco Wholesale due to the fantastic prices that seem to range from a $5-$10 discount from any other vendor. On top of that, you can often find one of the wine distributor merchandisers on the floor to help with your selection. Beverages and More (BevMo) also has some good deals for ClubBev (free) or during their 5 cent sale (Bougie girls love a good sale). Here are ten bottles under $15 that will satisfy the palate whether you are cultivating your wine personality or already a die-hard wino.
Here’s a list of great bottles of wine under $15:
1. 337 Cabernet coming in from Lodi, California is an easily found choice and can be enjoyed by all with its black cherry flavor infused with herbs and spices.
2. Pieza El Coll is a juicy red blend from Catalonia, Spain with layerings of cedar, black cherry, and spice.
3. Vina Eguia Reserva from Spain brings in vanilla and herbs to tantalize the palate. Be sure to decant before serving.
4. Alexander Valley Vineyard Cabernet carries big flavor including cherry, plum, cassis, tobacco and spice.
5. Dry Creek Vineyard Dry Chenin Blanc holds up ripe melon with a crisp finish.
6. Catedral is a red blend hailing from Portugal offering toasted oak alongside dark fruits, blackberry and spice.
7. Gerard Bertrand Minervois is a blend of four or five grapes from the Rhone Valley in southeast France that is sure to impress.
8. Napa Cellar’s Merlot is a beautiful ruby studded with the subtlety of black tea, chocolate, and vanilla spice.
9. Prospect 49 Sauvignon Blanc tickles the nose with honeysuckle, grapefruit, and lemon meringue.
10. Spain’s Ribera del Duero Tempranillo harbours earthy flavours as well as black cherry jam and licorice.