There’s good news for wine lovers—the delicious drink is becoming so popular that winemakers worldwide are increasing production. Because of this, there are some terrific opportunities to pick up your favorite varietals at under $15 a bottle.
When it comes to finding good deals on wines, Lisa.fm Wine Pal Bill Candela suggests thinking globally. There are several good “bargain” wines coming from Chile, Spain, Australia, and even France.
“For example, a Spanish Grenache will go with just about any food,” said Candela, who suggests bargain hunters shopping for red wine should look for blends of Grenache, Tempranillo, and Syrah. Several Spanish Wines have recently been awarded a 90+ rating (out of 100 points) by Robert Parker, and are available for around $12 a bottle.
“(Spanish wines are) probably the best deal on the wine rack,” said Candela, “They (the blends) are tasty; they go with any kind of food. They’re friendly wines, not overpowering.
There are also good deals on Italian wines coming into the US. “Sangiovese, Chianti, blends, Tuscans, a lot of which are under $20 and very good.” And, Candela says, “You can find a lot of French wines under $16 which are incredibly good.”
If you’re interested in picking up California wines at bargain prices, look for Pinot Noir or Syrah. Winemakers are creating a lot of wine, so you can find good deals on these kinds of popular red wines.
When shopping for bargain wines, Candela suggests, “Be adventurous—go beyond the popular brands and try boutique wineries.” Boutique wines are smaller wineries, which produce a few hundred to a thousand cases of wine, compared to 10,000 cases of wine that a typical large winery puts out.
“Purchase a few different bottles, and if you find a wine that you like, go back to the retailer, and ask to buy that wine in a case lot,” suggests Bill. “Then you’re guaranteed that you’ll have at least twelve more bottles to enjoy. A lot of times, the really good bargains won’t stay on the shelf that long.”
For more tips on finding bargain wines, tune in to my podcast with Bill Candela.