Quality of wine is not determined by price. $10 wines are amazing, from tasting great and prestigious winning awards!

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.

Criteria For Awards

The international wine competition has four award levels, including Double Gold, Gold, Silver and Bronze. Judges give wine awards based on merit by a majority vote and use the following criteria;

  • Phenomenal wines receive the Double Gold medal.
  • The Gold medal goes to the wine judges love.
  • A Silver medal goes to the wine judges like.
  • If the judges agree that buyers would buy a particular wine, it receives a Bronze award.
  • Double Gold winners are eligible to receive “A Best of Category award” based on price. The judges re-taste the wines to establish the brand to endorse for the award.

NYIWC is open to all wine from all over the world, produced for commercial use. Furthermore, in 2018 because of the growing interest from consumers, NYIWC introduced a new division of wines. In particular, Certified Biodynamic wine, Certified Organic wine, Natural Biodynamic wine, and Natural wine. Also, the competition included Sake, which judges appraised together with the Japan Sake and Shochu Makers Association.

The notable winners in the 8th Annual NYIWC, which took place on May 06th 2018 in New York City, include;

Blanc de Blancs Traditional grape varieties (Cheurlin Thomas Champagne NV Celebrite– Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut.)

An elegant wine that is both complex and refined, it’s no wonder it received a Double Gold award. It has a beautiful sunglow gold with amber highlights, exquisite fine bubbles, and a fruity aroma. On the palate, it is crisp with white fruit notes and a citrus finish, a perfect accompaniment for Shellfish.

Chardonnay, Sonoma County(Outlot 2015 Chardonnay)

Another Double Gold award winner, this full-bodied wine is creamy and complex. Furthermore, it has a light golden yellow color with an impressive aroma of cardamom and toffee notes. The palate is smooth with notes of apple and peach notes and a rich vanilla finish. It’s a splendid wine to drink on its own or paired with mushrooms or Butternut squash risotto.

Cabernet Sauvignon, California, Sonoma County (Blagden 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon)

This bold and structured wine also received a Double Gold award. It has an intense ruby color and a nose with hints of sandalwood, cloves, and black cherry. On the palate, it is juicy with hints of spice and acidity. The finish is long and exquisite, a perfect wine to have with venison or beef.

Upcoming New York International Wine Competition

The 9th Annual New York wine awards will take place at the 3- West Club on 5th May 2019. New York is an ideal city for the awards since it’s one of the largest wine buying capitals of the world. Also, a lot of the top rated wine professionals recognized both nationally and internationally live and work in the city. And, it’s a media capital, which is important because NYIWC works with the media to share the results of the competition. Finally, New York City is a fabulous travel destination with fantastic restaurants and entertainment spots.