Contrary to what that obnoxious wine snob in your social circle would have you believe, you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to sample some of the world’s tastiest wines. Indeed, in recent years, many newer entrants into the market have made a splash by offering great-tasting wines that don’t cost a pretty penny.
So if you’re looking for good wine values, you’re in luck. With an open mind and less than $20 in your wallet, you can enliven the conversation at your next dinner party with one of these tasty wines.
Ravenswood Zinfandel, $10. This bold red packs a lot of flavor. Don’t be afraid to pair it with marinated beef dishes, barbecue, or spicy Thai.
Smoking Loon Viognier, $10. This sweet and fruity white wine is perfect as a palate-cleanser or as an accompaniment to a spicy Mexican meal.
Robert Mondavi Private Selection Pinot Noir, $9. This dry but fruity red is a great counterpoint to rich winter casseroles.
King Estate Signature Collection Pinot Gris, $14. Great for your springtime gatherings, this Oregon white is a perfect accompaniment to chicken dishes and other warmer-weather fare.
Cune Rioja Crianza, $14. This Spanish red leaves enticing hints of cherry and plum on the tongue.