As a wine merchant and sommelier in training, I have been a wine lover for as many years as I can remember.
As the COVID pandemic put many parts of the world in lockdown, I found myself enjoying a little too many 'happy hours' at home; which sparked my search and thirst for good wines at affordable prices.
Here is a list of wines I really enjoy under $10. I have selected wines from different parts of the world with different origins, so we can travel the globe together without leaving home.
Our first sip is a white wine made of a traditional Portuguese grape called Loureiro. This wine is a classic from Vinho Verde, and one of the most famous wine regions in Portugal. Casal Garcia Vinho Verde is actually the best selling vinho verde worldwide. It is a light (9.5%) and crisp dry wine (sugar content: 10g/L). It has notes of lime, green apple, and mineral, and really refreshing!.
The second sip is a red blend, called Julia Florista Red. This is a full-bodied (13%) and dry wine (sugar content: 10g/L). Despite the alcohol content, it is an easy wine to drink. It has notes of cherry, plums, chocolate, and soft tannins.
Our next sip is a red blend of Tempranillo (one of the biggest grapes in Iberic) and Merlot grapes called Toro Bravo. This wine is from Valencia, a region known for its oranges, paella, and wine. This is a smooth, medium-bodied (13%) and dry wine (11g/L). It has well-balanced acidity and medium tannins. Pay attention to notes of plum, cherry and oak.
Let's head over to the Almansa region of Spain, known for its castle and vineyards. Our next sip is a white blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Verdejo grapes called El Abuelo Organic Sauvignon-Verdejo.- Yes, organic wine does not have to be expensive! This is a light (12.5%) and dry wine (7g/ L). It is a crisp wine with notes of citrus, green apple, and tropical fruits.
Stop number five is a red wine produced with one of the most planted grapes in Italy, the Sangiovese. Fantini Farnese Sangiovese IGT, also from Puglia, is a medium-bodied (12.5%), dry wine (11g/L) with soft tannins. This wine has notes of cherry, vanilla, and smoke. It is a really versatile wine to pair with pastas and meats.
The next sip is also a red wine produced with Primitivo (also known as Zinfandel in the U.S.) from Puglia. San Marzano Primitivo Puglia IGP is a full-bodied (13.5%) and dry wine (14g/L). This wine has notes of cherry, plum, pepper and it has light tannins.
McGuigan Black Label Shiraz is a varietal of Syrah (or Shiraz), the most popular grape in Australia. This is a red, full-bodied (13%) and dry (12g/L) wine. It has aromas of blackcurrant, spices, oak, and medium tannins.
Alright, turn up that Latin music and get ready to Tango. This is a red wine, made with the most famous grape in Argentina, Malbec. Finca Los Primos Malbec is a wine from the Mendoza region of Argentina. As you probably would expect from a Malbec, this is a full-bodied (13.5%), dry (6g/L) wine. It has aromas of ripe fruits such as black cherry and plum, vanilla, and medium tannins.
Last but not least, is a rose wine produced with Moscato, from California. Barefoot Cellars Pink Moscato, is a light (9%) and sweet (72g/L) wine. It has notes of strawberry, orange, raspberry, and floral.
Well, after this long and exciting trip, it is time to return to Canada. - Welcome back! The tenth and last wine is a VQA from Ontario. Inniskillin Cabernet Franc is a medium-bodied (12.5%), extra dry (2g/L), red wine produced with Cabernet Franc. This wine has aromas of raspberry, blackberry, herb, oak, and soft tannins. A great treat to welcome you home!
I hope you all enjoyed our recommendations for great value wines. Be safe, be kind.