In my family there's a long line of cheapskates, balanced only by those few individuals who plowed through cash like so many dead leaves. Both sides of that genetic coin taunt my mind when it comes to buying wine. "I want a good Châteauneuf-du-Pape" goes up against, "No, they've gotten too damn expensive!"
Drinking great wine is simple if money isn't the issue, but drinking very good wine on a budget, now there's the trick. Reading through the list of wines, I was surprised by how many wines sold for $10 and less. Ten dollars! Let that sink in for a moment.
No, these aren't wines that will change the world, but they are solid, well-made quaffs. Stock up on them as the Halloween-through-New-Year's party season approaches, because most wine lovers will find a way to appreciate these bottles.
Here are some of my favorites from the story, broken down by region, because you can find great values everywhere.
Kirkland Signature Malbec Mendoza 2011 (87 points, $7)
Delas Ventoux 2011 (88, $10)
Badia a Coltibuono Toscana Cancelli 2011 (90, $10)
Rudi Wiest Riesling QbA Mosel 2011 (90, $10)
Caves Aliança Dão Reserva 2010 (89, $10)
Vicente Gandía Verdejo Rueda Nebla 2012 (86, $10)