Affordable Holiday Wines

holiday wines budget friendlyThe holidays can be a drain on the ole bank account, so this is time of year bargains often look more appealing than ever, especially when it comes to finding bottles to carry you through the holiday party season. Here’s a list of 10 wines that taste great and clock in at $20 or less.

German Gilabert Rosato Cava

A bottle of bubbles makes any holiday feel more festive, and this wallet-friendly Spanish offering is fresh and lively, with notes of strawberry, lemon zest and sweet cream.


Alain Graillot “Syrocco” Syrah 2007

Wine from Morocco—who knew! This red stays true to Syrah’s trademark dark fruitiness with dark berry flavors and a hint of vanilla and tobacco spice.


Altos Las Hormigas “Colonia Las Liebres” Bonarda 2011

This dark and juicy wine is crafted from an ancient Italian varietal planted in Argentina; it’s a delicious match to wintry stews and creamy polenta.


Castillo Labastida Rioja Reserva 2001

Dark berry fruit, balanced tannins and a hint of spice make this Tempranillo a crowd-pleasing match for rich main courses.


Clos Roche Blanche “Pif” Touraine Rouge 2011

This herbal and aromatic blend of Cabernet Franc and Cot from natural-winemaking pioneers Catherine Roussel and Dieder Barrouillet makes a great match for vegetable cassoulets or roasted game.


Paolo Scavino Vino da Tavola 2011

The Italians are welcome at our table anytime of year, and this blend of Nebbiolo, Dolcetto and Barbera is a perennial favorite for its easy-drinking, food-friendly flavors of tart cherries and white pepper spice.


Dr. Loosen Riesling 2011

A classic Mosel Riesling with stone fruit flavors, traces of slate minerality and a hint of residual sugar on the finish. The 8.5% alcohol makes this a perfect sipping wine with appetizers or a chunk of bleu cheese.


Tamellini Soave 2010

A great alternative to Chardonnay, this full-bodied Italian white has a weighty mouthfeel and almondy finish that pairs well with winter squashes and hard, nutty cheeses.


Artner Gruner Veltliner NV

Packaged in a stout 1-liter bottle, this zippy Austrian white maximizes the bang for the buck with fresh peach flavors, bright acid and brisk stone minerality. Plus, it clocks in at a low 12% ABV.


“Cepa Pura” Fernão Pires, Quinta do Montalto 2011

Your friends will flip for this funky Portuguese that shows off notes of quinch, pear and honey. Tastes like a million bucks, but will set you back less than $10.