I'm not sure anyone needs to be standing up for corporate wine. However, I will say this; there are literally hundreds of inviting and reliable, cheap ($10 and under) wines to be had. A few months ago we compiled a list of over thirty ten-buck recommends created from wine & food bloggers' favorite cheap drinks. It's an incredibly diverse set of wines - ranging from macro- to micro-producers. People new to wine shouldn't be intimidated by wine. On the other hand, I don't think wine newbies need to be constrained to the garanimals wine department. Exploration is fun. In the spirit of exploration, allow me to recommend some of my new favorites on the Hamilton tip:
- Viña Alarba Old Vines Grenache 2004 ($6)
- Terre Rouge Vin Gris d'Amador 2003 ($10)
- Saint M Riesling 2004 ($10)
- LaVis Merlot 2003 ($10)
- Cantina Rotaliana di Mezzolombardo Teroldego Rotaliano 2003 ($10)
There you have it. Fine wine. Ten bucks. And nothing that could be confused with Hi-C or Hawaiian Punch.
If you've recently discovered a tasty ten buck gem, share it with the class via the comments section. Our wallets thank you.