10 best wines under $10

Amen, now grab that corkscrew: "cheap wine across the board is far superior to what it was 50 years ago".

Good point, and a good read. But. Note to the NYT: West of Europe, and north of California, there’s a helluva lot more good wine for under $10. But you didn’t hear anything from me about Oregon’s Rogue and Willamette valleys. Not a thing.

Who Knew a $10 Bill Had Such a Nice Bouquet? – New York Times

Via: 10 best wines under 10 bucks : Lifehacker.

Page 2 of the article lists the wines, with notes. Being as the NYT archives their articles eventually, the list, sans notes, is reproduced here so that I already have a shopping list handy:


  • Steenberg South Africa Sauvignon Blanc 2004, $8
  • Veramonte Casablanca Valley, Chile Sauvignon Blanc 2004, $7
  • Domaine Duffour Vin de Pays des Côtes de Gascogne 2003, $7.40
  • Bodegas Salentein Mendoza, Argentina Sauvignon Blanc Finca el Portillo 2004, $9
  • Bolla Venezie I.G.T Pinot Grigio 2002, $10


  • J. Vidal-Fleury Côtes-du-Rhône 2001, $8
  • Domaine Lafond Lirac Roc-Épine 2002, $8
  • Bonny Doon California Ca’del Solo Big House Red 2003, $10
  • Sumarroca Penedès Tempranillo Barrel-Aged 2002, $10
  • Bogle California Old Vine Zinfandel 2003, $9

2 thoughts on “10 best wines under $10”

  1. Impressive Oregon wine under $10? Where are you shopping? Putting quality aside entirely, Oregon wines are overpriced across the board. At least one reason is beyond vintners’ control: the state’s high sin tax. Try this: search for “Oregon” at http://www.wine-searcher.com. There are 1164 hits for U.S. merchants. 6 are under $10.


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