Whether you’re planning an intimate gathering with your family or celebrating the holidays with a few friends, here are some delicious budget-friendly wines that are perfect for holiday entertaining. From Thanksgiving dinner to Christmas get-togethers, here are 5 of the best budget-friendly wines (under $50 per bottle) that I’ve tasted.
As one of my winemaker friends once told me, “a great-tasting wine doesn’t have to be expensive”. And, he should know – as he used to be a wine merchant that sold thousand dollar bottles to collectors. That’s why discovering budget-friendly wines that taste exceptional can sometimes feel as rare as finding a diamond in the rough.
The next time you go shopping for wines, be sure to bring this handy list with you.
tenshen Rosé 2018
With a clean, fruity finish, this drinkable Rosé is a great wine to serve with light appetizers. For just $21 per bottle, it’s a fantastic budget-friendly wine to serve year-round.
Cupcake Vineyards Prosecco
For celebratory toasts and special occasions, a great alternative to French Champagne is this delightful Italian Prosecco. It features notes of peach, honeydew, and grapefruit that lead to a toasted brioche finish. The best part is – it’s under $15 per bottle (and currently on sale for $10.99 at Bevmo).
McIntyre Vineyards 2016 Estate Pinot Noir
Ideal for pairings with roasted turkey, prime rib, and beef dishes, this delectable Pinot Noir features hints of plums, blueberries, violets, and silky tannins. Produced in the Santa Lucia Highlands on the Central Coast of Monterey County (in Northern California), this wine boasts deep, dark, and intense flavors. At just $48 per bottle, it’s a bargain for the high quality you get.
Walmart Winemakers Selection Grenache Rose
This budget-friendly French wine offers a crisp and dry flavor profile, that pairs well with a variety of dishes – from seafood to vegetarian plates. At just $11 per bottle, it’s truly a steal of a deal.
Moon X Dark Red Blend
Last, but certainly not least, has become one of my recent favorites for budget-friendly wines. I discovered this rare gem at Trader Joe’s, and have been hooked ever since. At just under $7 per bottle, this delicious red blend features intense flavors of blackberries, black cherry, and dark chocolate. It’s an ideal pairing with roasted meats and hearty dishes, like lasagna or eggplant parmesan.
For more food and wine pairing ideas, check out these expert entertaining tips from winemaker Russell Joyce on Inspirations & Celebrations.