Affordable Wines for Any Night

Wine reviews for 14 wines that are high on flavor, low on price, and perfect for sharing with friends and family.

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The great joy of pairing wine with meals is not finding perfection—but enjoying the moment. Here are 14 affordable wines to try any night of the week.  Traditionally red goes with meats and white with fish but why not try a new wine from our list and make up your own flavor combination? Taste the wine, notice it’s weight and pair accordingly. Salute.

Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc $16 (New Zealand)
A juicy wine with bursts of lemon/lime and kiwi. Delicious, thirst quenching and powerful enough to stand up to any spicy food.

Domaine Ste. Michelle Brut and Domaine Ste. Michelle Blanc de Noirs $12 (both) (Washington, USA)
Try these two affordable sparklers for toasting anything. The brut is dry with a touch of apple aroma and toast. The blanc de noirs (white from red) will be slightly pink with a touch of melon. Don’t be afraid of pink in a sparkler. It won’t be sweet at all. Champagne is very appetizer friendly. Just stay away from anything heavy.

Columbia Crest Grand Estates Chardonnay 2007 $11 (Washington, USA)
This Chardonnay from Washington is a perennial favorite. It’s rich, full of buttery pear flavors and never disappoints. Pair it with luscious seafood appetizers, mixed nuts and cheeses.

Angeline Pinot Noir 2006 $14 (California, USA)
Pinot noir can be one of those grapes that at a low cost tends to be drab since the tannins are light to nonexistent. But this light-weight wine is filled with raspberry and a touch of smoke. It’s a delightful wine for the price. Think light but rich (lamb and salmon) for food pairing.

Bogle Old Vine Zinfandel 2006 $11 (California)
Zinfandel (preferably red) can be a great value. It’s filled with deep spice and cherry flavor with the weight of tannins that soften quicker than those in a cab. It also stands up to the spices that pepper your table.

Kanu Chenin Blanc $12 (South Africa)
This vibrant white is like biting into a spicy green apple. It is mouth filling and a steal at this price. Keep it on hand for sipping with hor’ d ouerves and for enjoying after a heavy meal.

M. Chapoutier Côtes du Rhône White Belleruche 2006 $13 (France)
This a readily available white that has a desirable minerally finish after a mouth-filling burst of melon.

Terranoble Cabernet Reserva 2004 $9 (Chile)
The depth of this Chilean red spills over the palate. It’s great with beef and heavier cheeses.

Zenato Pinot Grigio Delle Venezie 2007 (Italy) $13
An excellent pinto grigio very dry and almost pulls at the mouth with it’s acidity. Serve with a nice light cheese plate and assorted nuts.

Zenato Lugana San Benedatto $14 (Italy)
This wine is crisp, dry and filled with minerals that wash over every area of your tongue. Well balanced and delicious. Don’t pass this up when you find it.

Greg Norman Estates Shiraz Limestone Coast 2006 $15 (Australia)
Thick and deliciously filled with berries, this Shiraz, like all from this hearty grape, stands up to big roasts without breaking the bank.

DaVinci Chianti $16 (Italy)
This Chianti delivers on round mouth-filling flavor and truly emulates the elegance of the grape in an affordable bottle to share with friends; as the Italians will traditionally have it!

Alamos Malbec Mendoza 2007 $10 (Argentina)
Highly affordable and a wash with deep berry aromas with a mouth coating weight. Great for beef dishes or hearty sauces. Maybe even chocolate!

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Originally Published in Reader's Digest