When it comes to wine, you’d be surprised how many high-quality, budget-friendly options are available. With a little bit of inside information, you can maximize your wine budget and discover some new gems. Keep reading to learn some simple ways to enjoy great wines without breaking the bank.
Look for Undervalued Wine Regions and Grapes
While everyone might know that Tuscany, Bordeaux, and Napa produce excellent wines, there’s a remarkable amount of diversity in today’s wine aisle. If you know where to look, you can find high-quality wines at reasonable prices.
Some of our favorite underappreciated wines include:
- Cabernet Sauvignon from Washington, U.S.A.
- Cava and other sparkling wines from Spain
- Chenin Blanc from South Africa
- Cremant de Limoux, a sparkling wine from Languedoc, France
- Wine from the Douro region of Portugal
- Nero d'Avola from Sicily, Italy
- Monastrell, a red table wine, from Spain
- Priorat wines from Catalonia, Spain
- Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
- Vinho Verde from Portugal
Look for bottles of these wines in our aisles or ask one of our wine specialists about their availability. You’ll be surprised by the quality of the wine you get at a quality price point.
You might also find deals on highly productive vintages. When the vines produce more grapes, prices sometimes go down while quality remains high. Check your favorite vintage chart to see if there are any notes for a particular year.
Shop the Wine Sales
Wine retailers are always offering bargains, and it’s always a good idea to wander the aisle and look for deals. While some of our best deals run during our Online Wine Sales each year, there are also treasures available in our weekly ad!
Explore the World of IGT Wines and Vins de France
If you’re looking for a French or Italian bottle, you don’t always have to go for the big names. In addition to the underappreciated varietals listed above, some of Italy and France’s major wine regions also have good cheap wines. Many of them are listed as Indicazione Geografica Tipica (IGT) or Vins de France.
Both Italy and France have rigid wine classification laws dictating winemaking and labeling practices. While there are many remarkable Barolos, Brunello di Montalcinos, and Bordeaux wines, some winemakers have become frustrated with their country’s rules and have discarded their appellation designations or found other ways to express their creativity.
Some of these winemakers are making remarkable and affordable wines that bend the traditional rules. For example, there are winemakers growing Merlot grapes in Tuscany and making French rosés with Pinot Noir grapes. These vines are growing in the same unique conditions as their more expensive compatriots, but they are typically offered at a better price.
Buy Your Wine in Bulk
We’re not suggesting that you buy wine in a gallon jug with a handle (or consume your wine in bulk). However, our stores offer discounts if you buy at least four bottles of wine in one order. Rather than pick up a single bottle here and there, strategically plan your wine shopping and stock up.
Ask One of Our Wine Specialists for Help
Our wine specialists are an incredible resource. They can give you insight into developing trends and budget-friendly bottles in our stores. If you’re looking for information about a wine varietal, curious about a new bottle on sale in the aisle, or looking for help with a pairing, they’d love to chat.
To find your store’s wine specialist, check out our website or call them with your questions.
Looking for a Great Value? Check Out Our Weekly Ad
We offer weekly deals on some of our most popular wines so you can always find great wines at great prices.
This week, check out our La Crema chardonnay special. Grown in the Sonoma coast and barrel-aged in French and American oak, this chardonnay delivers delicious citrus and stone fruit flavors with a balanced acidity subtle spiciness.