7 Cheap Wines That Actually Taste Good

Starting now everything I write will be about alcohol so I can start calling my drunken stupors “research.”

I sat down to do said “research” in my tiny Airbnb in NYC last weekend and ended up getting too drunk to finish, so I’ll be the first to admit that some of this information came straight from google and my equally drunk/cheap friends/mom.

Please bear with me while I attempt to describe seven cheap wines that don’t taste like shit.

Woodbridge Pinot Grigio by Robert Mondavi is a fruity and light white wine that’s super refreshing and only costs $8. What’s not to love?

Ravenswood Vintner’s Merlot is a new personal favorite of mine! It costs just under $7 and it’s 13.5% alcohol content will get you drunker than you can say, “Tiff, don’t get too drunk before you finish this article.” This red wine is described (by people who actually know what they’re talking about) as smooth and supple. I agree. So will you.

Delicato Family Vineyards Chardonnay at $6 is a California white and is from one of the fastest growing wine companies in the world. Which is great news for when you and everyone you know buy this wine by the case.

If there’s ever been a debate about whether Trader Joe’s or Whole Food’s is better… let me just add that Trader Joe’s has BALLER wines. And they’re cheap. Trader Joe’s 2007 TBD Rouge is a $5.99 14.5% zinfandel wine that surprisingly doesn’t taste alcoholic. Like, at all.

Next on the list of cheap wines that don’t taste like shit is Mapuche Sauvignon Blanc. This light-bodied, dry, white wine is only $10.

Züm Mosel Riesling 2010 is a $7.99 wine and is said to have the perfect combination of acidity and sweetness. But honestly, the only thing that matters to me is that it doesn’t taste like cat pee.

And lastly, if you want to get really fancy, you can pick up an $11.99 bottle or $19.99 magnum of Korbel champagne (my favorite is the Brut — it’s literally comparable to Veuve Cliquot.)

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