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Most people equate the quality of wine with its price. As a result, they ignore $10 wines since they consider them cheap. However, the assumption is not always correct because you can find great quality “cheap” wines at your local supermarket.
Top $10 Wines (Or Under)
2016 St Andrews Cabernet Sauvignon
You can buy a bottle of this award-winning wine for only $6 at Coles. Despite the low price, the wine earned the coveted “double gold” medal at the 4th Melbourne International Wine Competition.
The medium bodied, easy to drink wine has cranberry, plum, and black cherry aromas. What’s more, the palate is rich with intense sweet flavors of red fruit and undertones of cinnamon and oak. As well as a slightly acidic finish, which makes it excellent to pair with creamy pasta dishes, pizza or roast meat.
2015 South Point Estate Rosé
With $5, you can buy this award-winning wine at ALDI. Undeniably a great wine, it received the “Blue Gold” Medal at The Sydney International Wine Competition.
Although a young wine, this strawberry colored Rosé is a classic dry style wine with plenty of fruity flavors. Moreover, the bouquet has fragrant aromas of red berries, lime, rose petals and spicy ginger tones. Not to mention a light, refreshing palate of citrus, strawberries, and vanilla notes that lead to a crisp finish.
Côtes de Provence Rosé
Not only does it cost $8 at ALDI but also, it won a silver medal at the prestigious International Wine Challenge.
The Rosé has a beautiful copper color and a simple, crisp bouquet of ripe strawberries and white peaches. Furthermore, on the palate, it has intense summer fruit flavors with subtle hints of spice, leading to a crisp finish.
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Les Dauphins has a ruby color and is fruity with notes of cranberry, raspberry, and hints of spice and oak.
California Roots Cabernet Sauvignon Red Wine
California Roots are popular wines sold exclusively at Target for only $5. Despite not having an award, this wine tastes better than most over $10 wines.
The wine is full-bodied, fruity and easy to drink with juicy black currant and cherry flavors. Additionally, it’s incredibly smooth and silky on the palate, with hints of toasted oak leading to a graceful finish.
California Roots Pinot Grigio White Wine
Besides being beautiful with its silvery straw color, this wine is also delicious. The medium-bodied wine draws you in with exquisite aromas of ripe pear, peach, green apples, caramelized fennel, and honey. Once you take a sip, tropical fruit flavors, citrus with hints of white toffee engage your palate. Furthermore, the great nutty finish makes this wine an excellent choice to pair with salads or fresh fish.
Charles Shaw Shiraz 2002
Certainly, the price is one of the reasons this Shiraz is among the most popular wines at Trader Joe’s. Initially, the American chain of grocery stores sold the wine at $1.99, but today it costs about $3.
Although cheaply priced, Charles Shaw Shiraz is a multiple award-winner. In particular, it won a Double Gold medal at the 28th International Eastern Wine Competition. Additionally, in 2004 it won a Silver medal at The Indy International Wine Competition. Also, in 2004, it won a Bronze medal the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. Undoubtedly, an excellent everyday wine you can enjoy on its own or as an accompaniment to your dinner.
2005 Charles Shaw Chardonnay
This pale yellow-green wine has a very light nose with notes of apples, nectarine, and pineapple. Additionally, It’s crisp and clean on the palate with notes of green apples, green pepper and subtle hints of oak. The finish though short, is refreshing, making it a perfect accompaniment to cold pasta or cooked salmon.
La Moneda Malbec Reserva 2015
At $7 this Malbec is available at the under $10 wines section in Walmart. Despite the price, the wine won the prestigious Platinum medal at the 2016 Decanter World Wine Awards.
The Malbec is a delicious, ruby colored wine with aromas of blackberry, cherry, oak, strawberry, and raspberry. Furthermore, the palate has silky and sweet tannins that lead to a cherry, tobacco flavor on the finish.
Les Dauphins Côtes-du-Rhône Reserve Rouge 2014
Even though it’s in the category of under $10 wines, this wine is both popular and award-winning. Specifically, it won a Silver award at The International Wine & Spirit Competition in 2015.
Les Dauphins has a ruby color and is fruity with notes of cranberry, raspberry, and hints of spice and oak. Also, a full-bodied wine, the palate is smooth and juicy with an earthy minerality and slight but luscious creamy finish.
Fortezza Dei Colli Chianti Classico Reserva
This award-winning wine is available at Lidl for only $9.45. Furthermore, it received a Gold award at the International wine challenge.
The full-bodied dry red wine is delicious and versatile with a smooth and fruity taste on the palate, leading to a delightfully long finish.
Undoubtedly, these ten wines prove that $10 wines taste as good as or even better than some “expensive” wines. Therefore, next time you are at the supermarket, head to the wine section and pick a few of these wines.