White Wines Under $10
1. Cupcake Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc, California
Sourced from the South Island of New Zealand, this sauvignon blanc exhibits complexity and a vibrant zing. It’s reminiscent of a lemon chiffon cupcake, made up of integrated flavors like Meyer lemons, key limes, and white nectarines.
It has a finish that awakens the appetite. There are hints of grapefruit, gooseberry, and citrus, and it comes together with a well-balanced finish.
This wine is delicious with sushi, grilled sea bass, or Asian chicken salad.
2. Chateau Ste Michelle, Chardonnay, Columbia Valley Washington State
The Columbia Valley chardonnay is a pleasurable, food-friendly chardonnay. This is a fresh, soft style with bright apple and sweet citrus fruit character, plus subtle spice and oak nuances.
Chardonnay grapes from vineyards throughout Washington’s Columbia Valley make this a complex, interesting wine.
3. Bogle Vineyards Chardonnay, California
This chardonnay’s signature apple and pear notes flourish in the incredible aromas right from your first sips of this wine. The rich entry is full of fruit including touches of tropical pineapple and guava.
Complimented by more creamy notes of butterscotch and caramel, the wine has a long, lingering finish hinting of toasty oak.
Enjoy this wine with just about everything you can pair it with.
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Red Wines Under $10
4. Bogle Vineyards Old Vine Zinfandel, California
Bold and vibrant notes of summer raspberry intoxicate the senses with this lively red zinfandel. Even at your first sip you’ll enjoy flavors of jammy blackberries and ripe cranberries, mixed with tones of baking spices such as clove and nutmeg.
Cracked peppercorns and spicy juniper round out the finish, generated by 12 months of aging in two-year old American oak barrels.
Pair with grilled sausages with carmelized onions and peppers, tandoori chicken and gorgonzola cheese.
5. Cupcake Red Velvet Blend, California
A deliciously rich blend of zinfandel, merlot, and petite sirah, the Cupcake Red Velvet blend delivers over-the-top aromas of chocolate, deep dark blackberries, and luscious red fruits that follow through to the palate, finishing with a hint of coconut and creamy mocha.
This wine is very versatile and pairs nicely with a BLT, chili, or that Valentine’s Day chocolate cake.
6. La Vieille Ferme Red Wine, Ventoux, France
Jean Pierre Perrin established La Vieille Ferme over 35 years ago when he chose to produce an inexpensive, straightforward Rhône wine to sell by direct mail to French wine lovers.
This wine is deep cherry red in color. The nose is rich and spicy with ripe fruit. On the palate, there is red fruit such as blackcurrant and blackberry with spice and a fresh finish.
This is a wine for burgers, pizza, or to drink on its own.
Rosé Wines Under $10
7. Pedroncelli Dry Rosé Zinfandel, Sonoma County California
Fresh aromas of rose petals and sweet strawberry jam combine with cherry, vanilla, and red berry flavors in this delicious rose. The wine is balanced with crispness and a refreshing fruity finish.
This potpourri of flavors over time will take on a jammy element but don’t wait too long — rosés are made to be enjoyed upon release.
8. La Vieille Ferme Rose, Rhone Valley France
This wine provides a beautiful light pink color with pastel highlights. The initial aromas are floral, with a touch of aniseed and brown sugar.
Very rich and balanced caramel and toffee flavors come through as you sip. This lively and balanced wine offers a beautiful freshness, with delicate red fruits, flowers, and citrus aromas.
Sparkling Wines Under $10
Freixenet Cava Brut Cordon Negro, Spain
The Freixenet Cava business started in 1914 with Pere Ferrer Bosch, the son of “La Freixeneda,” the family estate located in the Alt Penedès region of Spain. Right from the start they decided to produce only Cava, a natural sparkling wine, following the method used in Champagne (France).
Cordon Negro Brut is crisp, clean, and well balanced. It’s medium-bodied with a taste of apple, pear, and bright citrus flavors with a moderately long finish and a crisp touch of ginger.
This sparkling wine is extremely versatile and pairs well with most food.
Sofia Blanc de Blancs, Coppola Vineyards, California
Don’t knock this can until you’ve tried it!
Sipped through a straw and perfect for an on-the-go celebration, this single serving of Blanc de Blancs sparkling wine packs all the joy and flavor of its larger-bottle counterparts. It bursts with rich pear, honeysuckle, and exotic passion fruit aromas.
Crisp apple, melon, and juicy tangerine flavors fill the palate, with notes of bright lemon and honey evident on the refreshing, mouth-tingling finish.
Pink-Tastic Raspberry Bellini Recipe
The combination of champagne and sorbet is a perfect — and simple — Valentine’s Day treat.
With only three ingredients you can whip this cocktail up at the end of your night for a sweet ending to your holiday.
I used Barefoot Pink Moscato Champagne, a rosé champagne that pops out of the bottle bursting with a sweet, juicy flavor and jasmine perfume, produced from its moscato, zinfandel and grenache grapes. This sparking wine from the amazing line of Barefoot Bubbly is the sweetest on the scale, but you can easily pull back on the sweet tones with other Barefoot Bubbly options if you choose.
Pink champagne — I used Barefoot Pink Moscato
Fresh raspberries for garnish
Add small scoops of raspberry sorbet into your favorite glass. Recommendation: even though champagne flutes are perfect for champagne, using a wider-mouthed glass makes scooping much easier!
Slowly pour champagne over sorbet, filling each glass about 1/4 full. Let bubbles settle then go back and add champagne to cover sorbet in each glass.
Garnish with raspberries.
Add small spoon to scoop or simply sip and enjoy!