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Ten $10 Wines - 2012

This Year's Wine Bargains

2011 $10 Wines

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)
Vinho Verde is one of our favorite affordable whites overall, and this bottling has the typical lean, zesty, light style.

#3 - 2011 Pomelo Sauvignon Blanc, California ($10)
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 Luberon ($9)
This 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.
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#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.

#6 - 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 strawberry flavor.

#7 - 2009 La Capra Pinotage, Coastal Region, South Africa ($10)
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 d'Avola ($9)
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 and seductive.

#10 - 2010 Protocolo Tinto, Tempranillo ($8)
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 food.

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