These brilliant bottles are terrific deals!
2009 Budini Malbec ($12)
Argentinean malbec tends to be cheap, and undistinguished. This one is super-cheap, and lovely..
2008 Chateau Ste. Michelle Columbia Valley Chardonnay ($15)
It's a rarity to find a wine made in such quantity (500,000 cases) that has this much character.
2009 Tiefenbrunner Pinot Grigio ($14)
Pinot grigio is not a wine I care for, but this one is supposed to be more like a good pinot gris (which I do tend to like).
2009 Veramonte Sauvignon Blanc Reserva ($11)
Chile's coastal vineyards produce terrific bargain sauvignon blancs..
2009 Dry Creek Vineyard Clarksburg Dry Chenin Blanc ($12)
Chenin blanc is one of the world's most underrated white grapes.
2008 Castle Rock Sonoma County Pinot Noir ($14)
Decent pinot at these prices? Amazing!
2008 Bodegas Olivares Altos de la Hoya ($12)
Spain's Jumilla region produces powerful reds from the Monastrell grape. This one's a knockout.
2008 Borsao Tres Picos Garnacha ($17)
I’ve always liked this wine, and it’s a great value for the quality. Very food-friendly.
2008 A to Z Oregon Pinot Noir ($20)
A few more dollars than the Castle Rock, but 2008 was such a great vintage in Oregon, so it’s worth it.
Source: Adapted from Ray Isle (Food & Wine)