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The Broke Millennial’s Guide to Thanksgiving Wine Values

Whether you’re heading back home or to a friend’s house, here are 10 great wine bargains
Photo by: David Yellen

Posted: Nov 16, 2016 11:00am ET

When I was in my twenties, I didn't have a lot of cash leftover for wine. I may not be a Millennial, but I know the feeling. Some things never change.

But that's no reason to be a skinflint on Thanksgiving when you head back to the folks' house or grandma's, or even sit down with a group of friends. It's a holiday. Splurge … proportionally.

If you're a smart shopper you can find plenty of better-than-average wines that sell for $15 or less. It helps to be open-minded. Don't expect Napa Cabernet or a Burgundy, but look to some of the lesser-known regions and mass-produced bottlings and you may be surprised.

I've pulled together 10 wines that will suit just about any Thanksgiving feast, and they're tasty enough that no one will consider you cheap.

Just be sure to peel off the price tag.


Bogle Chardonnay California 2014 (88 points, $10)
Smooth and creamy, with of pear and honeydew flavors.

Charles Smith Riesling Columbia Valley Kung Fu Girl Evergreen 2014 (89, $12)
Sleek and refreshing, with floral pear and apple aromas.

Joel Gott Sauvignon Blanc California 2015 (89, $14)
Precise, with mango, lime sherbet notes.

Yellow Tail Sauvignon Blanc Australia-New Zealand NV (88, $8)
Peach and honey flavors with plenty of punch.


Bodegas Borsao Garnacha Campo de Borja 2014 (87, $9)
Ripe, sweet flavors raspberry with cocoa and tangerine notes.

Castle Rock Pinot Noir California Cuvée 2013 (88, $12)
Delicate and detailed with spicy raspberry flavors.

Columbia Crest Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley Grand Estates 2014 (91, $12)
Generous and inviting, with cherry flavors and a creamy oak finish.

Famille Perrin Côtes du Rhône Réserve 2013 (87, $13)
Fresh cherry pie and raspberry coulis notes form the core, with light lavender and violet notes in the background.

Louis Jadot Beaujolais-Villages 2015 (86, $14)
Fresh and focused, with cherry, tangy blackberry and red licorice notes.

Marqués de Cáceres Rioja Crianza 2012 (89, $15)
Ripe black cherry and plum notes framed by vanilla and spice.

Homer Cox
Virginia —  November 18, 2016 8:49pm ET

The 2014 Columbia Crest G.E. Cab is an excellent suggestion at $8.50. I am just wondering how CC views the overlap betwen the GE and H3 offerings, with similar ratings and GE at a lower price.

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