Happy Munchie Monday! Today I want to discuss something that has been a long standing argument– can you really taste the difference between a $10 bottle of wine and a $100 bottle of wine? In college, buying wine that was under $5 was ideal due to the strict budget that was forced upon me and honestly it wasn’t THAT horrible in taste and texture but the hangover was awful. Choosing wine for your wedding is like choosing wine when you were in college, you need something that tastes good and guests will enjoy without blowing all of your money. I was inspired to write this post after reading a Forbes article titled, “Is There Really a Taste Difference Between Cheap and Expensive Wine?” and decided to pick some of the best cheap wines for you to serve at your wedding.
Cheap Red Wines
1. Hahn Winery – $10-$20
I’ve tried every type of red from Hahn winery and none of them have ever been a disappointment. These wines have won numerous competitions and are considered a completely credible and tasty wine in the industry. Taste a glass of any type of their red wine and decide for yourself.
2. Alamos- $10
Alamos is my go-to for Malbec and if you haven’t tried this type of wine, straight from South America, I suggest you try it for your wedding. Malbecs are having a huge moment right now and many of them are inexpensive without sacrificing their taste. This variety from Argentina has a sweet spice to it that pairs well with burgers, steak, and pork.
3. Beringer Founder’s Estate – $9
I’m a huge fan of Beringer wines and have had an opportunity to visit their winery in Napa Valley, CA. Their Founder’s Estate collection preserves the quality you would expect from a Beringer wine for under $10. It also comes in a plethora of varieties such as their Pinot Noir, Merlot, and Chardonnay.
4. Hawk Crest- $12
Have you heard of Stag’s Leap? If you’ve answered yes then let me introduce you to their other, more affordable but still incredibly delicious brand, Hawks Crest. They use grapes that aren’t up to the Stag’s standards but I’ve tried both and was not able to tell a difference. Their wines come in a wide array of varieties for you to try.
5. Clos Du Bois- $9-15
This U.S. winery boasts a French taste in California and is one of my favorite low budget wines. Clos Du Bois produces any type of white and red wine you want to enjoy like Shiraz, Pinot Noir, Riesling, and Pinot Grigio. The full flavor and full body preserves taste at a moderate price and if one your guests will enjoy.
Take a trip down the wine aisle and look at what the different types of wines are that will keep you under budget but won’t taste cheap. Men’s Health Magazine, Delish, and Gayot have great lists of wines under $20 that include taste descriptions and pairing options. Finish off your Monday by tasting one of these wines tonight with dinner and your fiance.