10 Great Wines For $10 Or Less

The sommeliers who read The Consumerist may scoff, but there are actually some decent wines available for $10 or less, or so says the New York Times food critics. They tasted 25 popular low-price wines and picked the ten they thought were decent:

The wines we recommend are gulpable and satisfying with a modest level of intrigue. You cannot expect much complexity at this level, or subtlety. But you can hope for something more than the most basic, and you can strive to avoid wines that are obviously confected or manipulated to achieve a predetermined set of characteristics.

Here are the wines they recommend, listed in order beginning with their highest rated. Read the full article for tasting notes, ratings, and commentary.

  1. Casa Cadaval Portugal Ribatejano , $8.99, Padre Pedro 2002
  2. Domaine de l’Ameillaud France , $9, Vin de Pays de Vaucluse 2005
  3. Viña Gormaz Spain Ribera del Duero , $9, Tempranillo 2005
  4. Georges Duboeuf France , $9, Beaujolais-Villages 2006
  5. Altas Cumbres Argentina Mendoza , $9, Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
  6. Wyatt California Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 , $10
  7. J. Vidal-Fleury France , $10, Côtes-du-Ventoux 2005
  8. Domaine Monte de Luz , $7, Uruguay Tannat 2006
  9. Ravenswood California Vintner’s Blend , $10, Merlot 2004
  10. Paringa , $9, South Australia Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
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