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More $10 Wines - 2011

This Year's Wine Bargains
 

2011 $10 Wines

We are proud to celebrate the third year of Easy Food and Wine - and each year we've produced a list of top wines for $10 or less. This has been one of our most popular and most requested set of articles, and we are excited to release our latest "Top Ten for $10 or Less" for 2011. With the Holidays fast approaching, you'll want a few of these (or maybe a case?) on hand for entertaining or last-minute gift giving ... or to have a glass after a long day of shopping!

#1 - Zonin Prosecco Brut, Veneto ($9)
All hail Prosecco - the affordable alternative to Champagne! This wine is bubbly and vibrant, whether on its own or in a Mimosa or Bellini.

#2 - 2010 Green Fin White Table Wine, California ($5)
Yes this wine is actually just $5! Meant for quaffing, yet it's not bland like other offerings at this price - and it's organic to boot.

#3 - Ken Forrester "Petit" Chenin Blanc, Stellenbosch ($9)
Bracing yet delicate at the same time. A hint of off-dry sweetness adds additional body and enhances fruit character.

#4 - 2009 Fontana Candida Pinot Grigio, Delle Venezia ($9)
Easy-drinking and straightforward, this Pinot is light, fresh and tasty, and excellent when paired with a wide variety of foods.

#5 - Segura Viudas Brut Rosé NV, Spain ($9)
As a rosé rather than white sparkler, this bubbly Spanish bottling offers good body and red fruit notes.

#6 - 2010 Chateau Montaud Rosé, Côtes de Provence ($9)
A blend of five red wine grapes including Syrah and Grenache. Complex with floral and dried herb notes.

#7 - 2010 Domaine Manoir du Carra Beaujolais Nouveau ($10)
Surprisingly complex for a "Nouveau", with decent body and tannins. Nose is earthy and complex, with subtle cherry notes.

#8 - 2010 Borsao Tinto Garnacha, Spain ($10)
Approachable, with warm, brambly flavors and a hint of spice. New World in styling with gentle tannins, but not insipid.

#9 - Ravenswood Zinfandel "Vintner's Blend", California ($9)
This winery's motto is "no wimpy wines" and even its budget price-point
wine offers bright and spicy flavor.

#10 - 2008 Liberty School Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles ($10)
Cabernet for $10 is tough (but not impossible) to find. From Paso Robles in California this offers better value than its "big name" cousins farther north.


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