If you don’t want to blow your budget on expensive wines, these are not only affordable, but tasty too!

November 12, 2012
Photo: Randy Mayor


1. Concha y Toro, Casillero del Diablo Merlot, Chile, 2011 ($11)

Full of red fruit flavors, this wine pairs well with spicy, flavor-packed dishes.

2. Aveleda, Charamba, Portugal, 2009 ($9)

Lots of acidity and spicy fruit make this red an ideal partner for tangy sauces.

3. Torremoron, Tempranillo, Ribera del Duero, Spain, 2009 ($12)

Pair this slightly smoky, juicy red with roasted meats and hearty flavors.

4. Muga, Rosé, Spain, 2009 ($13)

This dry blush packs enough heft and acidity to stand up to big global flavors.



1. Berger, Grüner Veltliner, Austria, 2010 ($14/1L)

This rich, food-friendly white is a good match for tough-to-pair dishes.

2. Segura Viudas, Brut Riserva Cava, Spain ($10)

A terrific value, this creamy sparkler cleanses the palate with bright acidity.

3. Alexander Valley Vineyards, Gewürz, California ($10)

Try an aromatic gewürztraminer as a full-flavor alternative to chardonnay.

4.  King Estate, Acrobat Pinot Gris, Oregon, 2010 ($12)

This soft, fruity white packs enough acidity to tame the spiciest of foods.