16 Wines for $10 or Less to Pour at Holiday Parties
Wine is widely appreciated at the holidays as a host gift, at the dinner table, or at a party, but finding an eminently drinkable one that won't drain the wallet can be a challenge. Based on expert recommendations and tastings, Cheapism has rounded up 21 enjoyable wines -- reds, whites, and more -- for $10 or less (for a 750-milliliter bottle; prices and distribution vary). While they may not demonstrate remarkable complexity or depth, there are some delicious, easy-to-love wines that will satisfy a diverse gathering of friends and family.
Price: $10 | Buy it at Wine.com
The flavors of holiday meals and parties tend to be big and robust. This full, fruity, and creamy chardonnay is the perfect complement to rich dishes such as ham, turkey, and mashed potatoes and gravy. The dry crispness of the finish makes the wine as refreshing as it is indulgent. Coming from South Africa, it is also an opportunity to introduce guests or a host to a lesser-known wine-producing region.
Price: $4 | Buy it at Wine Deals
Pinot grigio is a must-have for white wine drinkers. The most common white wine, it is a crowd pleaser with enjoyable flavors. This typical example from California offers crisp, white fruit flavors and a dry, mineral core that satisfies equally on its own or alongside nearly any food.
Price: $10 | Buy it at Wine.com
Refreshing, tart, and light, sauvignon blanc is a recognizable option for white wine drinkers. Ideal as an aperitif, this Chilean wine is ideal for cocktail hour but has enough fruitiness to enjoy alongside a full meal. The price is so good that you don't have to feel guilty about using this white wine for spritzers.
Price: $8 | Buy it at Wine.com
The holidays offer many opportunities for celebrations, and a toast with sparkling wine is a festive addition to any gathering. Skip the expensive Champagne and go for this Spanish cava, which offers many of the same elements. Made using the same method as traditional Champagne, the small bubbles offer a piquant texture accompanied by a tart, citrusy tang.
Price: $9 | Buy it at Get Wine Online
This Spanish red is earthy, rich, and full of spicy red fruit that works in a variety of settings, from elaborate holiday dinners to casual happy hour drinks. The grapes are grown organically, using ladybugs in place of chemicals to control vine pests.
Price: $9.50 | Buy it at Total Wine
"CMS" refers to the blend of cabernet, merlot, and syrah that makes up this wine from the Columbia Valley in Washington. It's a full-bodied, easy-drinking red wine with a soft texture and flavors of blackberries and pepper spice. Pair this one with grilled meat or a cheese plate.
Price: $9 | Buy it at Empire Wine
A top-selling favorite in Spain, this white is made from the same grapes as cava, the country’s premier sparkling wine. Sporting a slight effervescence and a balanced and earthy flavor profile, it merges citrus flavors with fresh herbs to produce a perfect accompaniment to fish and other seafood.
Price: $8 | Buy it at Wine Made Easy
This wine from Gascony in southwest France blends two grapes (colombard and ugni blanc) not associated with single-variety wines. As a result they are sold for cheap, and the winemaker passes on the low cost to consumers. The wine is crisp, similar to sauvignon blanc, and tastes of green apple and citrus fruit.
Price: $10 | Buy it at Valley Fine Wines
Malbec continues to be a darling of the wine world, beloved by generations of wine drinkers. The big, soft fruit, subtle spice, and full body of South American malbec make it easy to love. This food-friendly wine from Argentina is a good option for a holiday feast with a lot of different dishes.