We are proud to celebrate the fourth
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 2012. With the Holidays coming soon, 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 Freixenet NV Cordon Negro Brut ($10)
When you want budget
bubbles, stay away from Champagne! Italian Prosecco or Spanish Cava, like this Freixenet, are a
much better bet.
#2 - 2011 Quinta de Aveleda, Vinho Verde ($9)
Verde is one of our favorite affordable whites overall, and this bottling has the typical lean,
zesty, light style.
#3 - 2011 Pomelo Sauvignon Blanc,
This wine isn't just named for the pomelo citrus fruit, this
wine embodies delicious citrus flavor. Most of the grapes are from Lake County, our fave for budget Sauv Blanc.
#4 - La Vieille Ferme Blanc, Côtes du
and the Vieille Ferme red are two of our staple house wines. From a mix of Grenache Blanc and
other grapes, this is good quaffing stuff.
Buy at Wine.com - $8.99
#5 - 2011 Salneval Albariño,
Rias Baixas ($10)
Medium-bodied and fruit-forward with peachy notes. What we love about Albariño
in general that this wine has in spades is a beautiful aromatic nose.
2011 Marques de Caceres Rosé, Rioja ($10)
This is a solid producer of widely
distributed, affordable wines in red, white and rosé. Their rosé has a lovely pink hue and fresh
#7 - 2009 La Capra Pinotage, Coastal Region, South
Wow Pinotage is a welcome change from the standard Merlots and
Cabs. Light-bodied with red fruit notes and sturdy tannins.
#8 - 2010 Feudo Arancio Stemmari Nero
A traditional grape of Siciliy, this wine is supple and balanced
with notes of dark cherry and a hint of nuttiness typical of the variety.
#9 - 2009 Terra
Andina Carmenère, Valle Central ($10)
If you're not familiar with this grape,
Carmenère is somewhat similar to Merlot, but (I think) gutsier. This bottling is medium-bodied
#10 - 2010 Protocolo Tinto,
This wine offers a lot of enjoyment for such a small price.
Medium-bodied and easy-drinking. Not a lot of structure or complexity but good with
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