5 Red Wines That Won't Break the Bank

5 Red Wines That Won't Break the Bank

A glass of red wine is a wonderful way to unwind at the end of a long day. If you’re on a budget however, it can feel like a bit of a splurge to have a glass of red with your evening meal. While it’s true there are many wines in the world that cost a pretty penny, there are also many good red wines that can be purchased for $10-$15, enabling you to have that taste of class without the guilt. If you’re having trouble choosing a wine in your price range, these 5 bottles are a good place to start.


1. Barefoot:

Anything in the Barefoot family is usually a safe bet when it comes to affordable wine. Smooth and robust, Barefoot give you a full-bodied taste without being jarringly acidic, as less expensive wines can often be. The Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon are excellent choices from this brand.

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2. Apothic Red

The branding on Apothic Red bottles is so appealing that I initially tried this wine because of the beautiful gothic label. A dryer wine, Apothic Red has a little more of a bite than the Barefoot reds. With undertones of black cherries and mocha, this makes for a delightful glass of wine either with a meal or as a pleasant after dinner draught.


3. Roscato Rosso Dolce

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If you enjoy sweet red wine, Roscato Rosso Dolce is for you. Sweet and lightly carbonated, this northern Italian wine bursts with the flavor of ripe berries and is simply delicious. Because of its saccharine flavor, this Roscato is best enjoyed as dessert and not necessarily paired with a meal, though it can blend quite well with red sauces. Serve chilled for best results.  


4. Cupcake Vineyards

If you want a glass of red with a simple meal, Cupcake is a solid choice. You can’t go wrong with their Cabernet Sauvignon, a smooth wine with rich fruity flavors of dark cherry, blackberry, and grapes from the Central California Coast. Aged in oak barrels, the woody, nutty undertones add to the overall complexity of this lovely wine.


5. Stella Rosa Red

Also a sweet red, the Stella Rosa Red differs from the Roscato in that it is only semi-sparkling and not quite as sweet. The flavor overall is less bold, infused with raspberries, red plums, and wild strawberries. The Stella Rosa Red would pair very nicely with some mild cheese or shortcake.


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