Best Bargain Wines of 2012
If you don’t want to blow your budget on expensive wines, these are not only affordable, but tasty too!
REDS AND ROSÉS
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.