50 Amazing Wines for $15 or Less

2012 Gnarly Head Pinot Noir Photo courtesy of Gnarly Head
By F&W Editors Posted October 27, 2014

Wine editors Ray Isle and Megan Krigbaum tasted hundreds of wines to find these 50 bottles.

Wine editors Ray Isle and Megan Krigbaum tasted hundreds of wines to find these 50 bottles.

Sparkling Wines
Refreshing, lively; pair with cheese, salty snacks or brunch.

NV Segura Viudas Brut Cava ($10)
NV Cleto Chiarli Centenario Grasparossa di Castelvetro Secco Lambrusco ($11)
NV Adami Garbèl Prosecco Brut ($15)
NV Bisol Jeio Prosecco ($15)
NV Juvé y Camps Brut Rosé Cava ($15)

Crisp White Wines
Light, minerally, bright; pair with raw seafood, egg dishes and lighter salads.

2013 Giocato Pinot Grigio ($12)
2013 Ken Forrester Petit Chenin Blanc ($12)
2013 Li Veli Fiano ($12)
2013 Berger Grüner Veltliner ($15)
2013 Cune Monopole Rioja Blanco ($15)
2012 Martín Códax Albariño ($15)

Fruity White Wines
Zesty, unoaked, medium-bodied; pair with fish and vegetable dishes.

2012 Four Vines Naked Unoaked Chardonnay ($11)
2013 Waterbrook Sauvignon Blanc ($12)
2013 Novellum Chardonnay ($13)
2013 Erath Pinot Gris ($14)
2012 Hedges C.M.S. Sauvignon Blanc ($14)
2012 Joseph Drouhin Mâcon-Villages ($14)

Rich White Wines
Ripe, often oaked, full-bodied; pair with roast chicken and creamy pastas.

2013 Penfolds Koonunga Hill Chardonnay ($10)
2013 Woop Woop Chardonnay ($12)
2013 Yalumba Y Series Viognier ($12)
2013 Marius Blanc ($13)
2012 Toad Hollow Unoaked Chardonnay ($14)
2012 Columbia Winery Chardonnay ($15)

Lightly Sweet White Wines
Citrusy, balanced; pair with fried or spicy foods.

2013 Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling ($10)
2013 Dr. Loosen Dr. L Riesling ($12)
2012 Nine Hats Riesling ($12)
2013 Michel Picard Vouvray ($13)
2013 Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc + Viognier ($15)

Crisp, or bold and fruity; pair light ones with chicken and dark ones with steak.

2013 Château de Campuget Tradition ($12)
2013 Domaine Houchart Tradition ($14)
2013 Ostatu ($14)
2013 Domaine de Fontsainte Gris de Gris ($15)
2013 Montes Cherub ($15)

Fruity Red Wines
Fresh, light and juicy; pair with anything grilled, from vegetables to burgers.

>2013 Coltibuono Cetamura Chianti ($11)
2012 Gnarly Head Pinot Noir ($12)
2012 Librandi Cirò Rosso Classico ($12)
2012 Leone de Castris Maiana Salice Salentino ($13)
2012 Marcel Lapierre Raisins Gaulois ($14)
2012 Shadow Chaser Red Wine ($15)

Spicy Red Wines
Berried, peppery, medium-bodied; pair with sausage and spicy tomato sauces.

2012 Masciarelli Montepulciano d’Abruzzo ($10)
2012 Casa Castillo Monastrell ($12)
2012 Domaine la Garrigue Cotes du Rhone Cuvée Romaine ($15)
2012 Loca Linda Malbec ($15)
2013 Urban Uco Malbec ($15)
2010 Viña Herminia Rioja Crianza ($15)

Intense Red Wines
Tannic, full-bodied, powerful; pair with braised or grilled meats.

2011 Tormaresca Neprica ($11)
2012 Terrazas de los Andes Altos del Plata Cabernet Sauvignon ($12)
2012 Los Vascos Cabernet Sauvignon ($13)
2012 Bon Marché Red Blend ($15)
2012 Columbia Crest H3 Cabernet Sauvignon ($15)

Related: F&W's Wine Pairings Guide
Champagne Guide
Wine-Tasting Workout: Train Yourself to be a Better Wine Taster

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