Now that we're well into 2024 and everyone's back to their usual grind, it's that time of the year when we all start taking a good hard look into our budgets. Whether you're thinking of cutting back on expenses or just want to venture into some reasonably priced wines, these options won't burn a hole in your wallet and still bring top-notch quality to the table.
Grape Abduction White Blend - $19.99
Who doesn’t love a liter of wine for under $20?! This crispy white wine is a blend of Pinot Blanc and Muscat from Stajerska, Slovenia. It’s full of notes of orange, white peach, white flowers, and lychee. The bright acidity makes it a great pairing with seafood dishes. The liter size also gives you an extra glass, which is great value for your money.
Chalmers Rosato - $14.99
Rosé all day and rosé all year! Regardless of the season, rosé can be enjoyed all year long. This rosé is made exclusively from Italian grapes - Aglianico, Nero d’Avola, and Sagrantino - grown in Heathcote, Australia. Australia generally does really well with Italian grape varieties and we have Chalmers to thank for that. They spearheaded the importation of Italian varieties to Australia back in the late 1990s. This rosé is full of rhubarb, wild strawberry, and pink grapefruit notes, making it a great wine to pair with a variety of dishes.
Field Recordings Dry Hop Pet Nat - $22.99
We are big fans of Field Recordings at Hop City - the wines are always straightforward, unfussy, and a whole lot of fun. This pet nat is perfect for beer lovers and wine lovers alike. This 100% Chardonnay is fermented with Citra, Mosaic, and Amarillo hops, giving the wine a light hoppy aroma amongst notes of Barlett pears, lupulin, and fresh oranges. This pet nat is sure to be a crowd pleaser!
Colonia Las Liebres Bonarda - $11.99
Trust me - this wine drinks like a $25 bottle! Bonarda is the second-most grown grape in Argentina, after Malbec. It used to only be used in mass-produced table wine until producers discovered how versatile Bonarda can be. Its velvety smooth texture with an abundance of juicy blue and black fruit - think blueberries, blackberries, and black plums - and moderate acidity make it a very approachable wine for all palates.
Cora Montepulciano - $12.99
Montepulciano is a great go-to grape for Italian wine lovers who want something uncomplicated and fun. Pizza, pasta, burgers, mac & cheese - you name it - this wine pairs well with all of the comfort food! Juicy cherry, red plum, and spice notes dominate the palate, with just enough tannins to give the palate some structure. This is some serious comfort wine!