Sure, we enjoy the rare and esoteric when it comes to wine, but sometimes you’re at a grocery store in your hometown, or across the country, and are looking for something that’s reliably good and a good deal. So here are five memorable grocery wines that you can find for less than $25:
SEGURA VIUDAS Brut Reserva Non-vintage (Cava, Spain) $9: Every refrigerator should have a bottle of bubbles in it at all times. Whether it’s for an impromptu brunch, a celebration, or if you’re just looking to make any day more fun and festive, a crisp, refreshing bottle of bubbles like this cava will add sparkle to your world.
JOEL GOTT Sauvignon Blanc 2011 (California) $12: While California is best known for high-priced cabernet sauvignon, bargains abound in the world of white wine. A zesty sauvignon blanc puts a little zip and zing into your wine glass and is a welcome partner to light seafood and vegetarian dishes.
HEDGES CMS Red 2010 (Columbia Valley, Wash.) $14: This blend of cabernet, nerlot, and syrah from Washington State is the perfect house red. The cooler 2010 vintage produced a more restrained red that will even impress staunch Francophiles.
DOÑA PAULA Estate Malbec 2011 (Mendoza, Argentina) $14: If you’re looking for a richer, heartier red, there are few bigger bargains than malbec from Argentina. It will add sizzle to your steak.
GRAHAM’S Six Grapes Reserve Port Non-vintage (Portugal) $21: Like sparkling wine, every home deserves a bottle of port. Whether for relaxing after work, creating a sauce, or enjoying with a square of dark chocolate, port is indispensable.