This time of year, most committed wine drinkers swap out the chilled rosés of summer for fuller, heavier, more substantial reds. But as Black Friday and holiday shopping season loom, it also feels like the right time to reign in unnecessary spending. Never fear! Alyssa Rapp, founder of The Daily Sip, swears there are plenty of amazing bottles that are under $25 and that pair exceptionally well with the season’s most common foods. Read and learn!
Chapoutier Les Vignes de Bila-Haut 2013 (Roussillon, France), $12.95
Michel Chapoutier is one of the most lauded producers of wines from the Rhône Valley, the hallmarks of which are made from grenache, syrah, and mourvèdre grapes (affectionately referred to as “GSMs”). This Bila-Haut is a beautiful garnet color and offers black-plum and blackberry notes and a hint of spicy syrah. Find it here.
Craggy Range Te Kahu 2011 Merlot (Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand), $20.99
The sandy loam soil of the Gimblett Gravels region of Hawke’s Bay is reminiscent of the soil profile of Bordeaux, making this appellation prime for Bordeaux-style wines like those made by Craggy Range. Best of all, you can enjoy high-class Merlot (velvety and luscious) at a tasty price of $20.99. Find it here.
Georges Duboeuf 2011 Brouilly (Beaujolais, France), $12.95
Georges Duboeuf is the father of all things Beaujolais Nouveau. Gamay is a light-bodied, juicy red grape with raspberry and plum notes that is celebrated from Thanksgiving through holiday season as a perfect pairing for turkey and more. Best of all, it is superbly affordable at $12.95 per bottle. Find it here.
MMM (“Miguel Mendoza Malbec”) 2010 Reserva Malbec (Mendoza, Argentina), $16.95
Enrique Foster is the king of Argentine malbecs, and this MMM varietal is a big, bold, audacious red—at the right-on price of $16.95. Find it here.
Tenuta Poggio Il Castellare Rosso Di Montalcino (Brunello, Italy), $21.95
This ruby-colored, medium-bodied Tuscan red offers slightly floral and red-fruit notes on the nose, with spice and earth on the palate. At $21.95, you can’t go wrong with this Italian fall red. (If only sumptuous Italian leather clothing were as affordable.) Find it here.