If there’s ever an excuse to spend a little extra time and money selecting the wines to sip with your meal, it’s during the holiday season when you’ll be clinking glasses with friends and family. But finding the ideal varietals, whether you prefer red, white or sparkling, shouldn’t break the bank. In fact, many of the tastiest wines hover around the $30 price point. So, to make sure your selections are top-of-the-line this season, we rounded up some of the best wines under $30.
If you’re looking to get a little extra sentimental while sipping wine with loved ones, pop open a bottle of Le Grand Courtâge, which stands for “the great courtship.” Their Blanc de Blancs Brut masters the perfect balance of dryness, acidity, and fruit, and it lingers nicely with notes of Meyer lemon, honeydew, and a continuing apple finish. If your host happens to be serving savory hors d’oeuvres, a creamy pasta dish, seafood, fruit desserts or semi-soft cheese, this wine will make the perfect complement.
Sweet and spice and everything nice, Ammunition’s Badgerhound Zinfandel is a lush, full body red wine that can make a smooth transition from savory appetizers to rich roasts and even dessert. This wine is endless with its pairings from pepper and sage to cinnamon and dark chocolate, making it the ideal addition to any holiday table.
The flavor profile of this full-bodied wine features aromas of ripe apple, citrus, and spiced pear. If you’re a fan of traditional chardonnays, you’ll be pleased with its creamy oakness and lengthy finish. It’s best enjoyed with meaty fish, shellfish, subtly flavored poultry and pork dishes, pastries, risottos, and creamy soups.
If you’re looking for a cabernet taste with a unique flavor profile, look no further. This just-launched California cab is rich, dense, and jammed-packed with blackberry and vanilla for a hint of sweetness. What’s more, it spends three months in a bourbon and charred barrel, which gives it a toasty finish that’s to die for.
The newest release from Nine North Wine Company, producers of a cult-fave cabernet sauvignon, is a fantastic find in an often pricey category. Slightly jammy with notes of plum, ripe fig, blackberry, and vanilla, this versatile pinot noir is perfect for a cornucopia type dinner table…think Christmas dinner.
Don’t let the price of this Portuguese wine fool you — its flavor is that of a much higher-priced bottle. The price tag is more comparable to what you’d actually pay for a nice bottle of vino in its country of origin. It has a fresh and vivacious flavor that’s filled with floral notes and hints of cedar, strawberry, and cherry. It will go with pretty much any traditional dish on your holiday spread.
If you’re a fan of red wine who is looking for something unique in flavor, this medium-bodied wine offers you just that — it’s a blend of 18 percent Grenache, 44 percent Syrah, and 38 percent Mourvedre that’s aged in hybrid American and French oak barrels with notes of blackberry, dark cherry, plum, and a hint of spice. More proof it’s worthy of your palette? It’s also award-winning (took home Gold at Texsom and Double Gold at Rodeo Uncorked) and made with 100-percent Texas grapes from the High Plains.
This new-to-market wine is the latest and greatest from the brand that has been heralded as the leader and pioneer of New Zealand’s wine industry for over 30 years. Fresh, crisp and bright, it is everything you want in a sauvignon blanc and pairs well with winter vegetables, light appetizers, and much more.
Looking for a show-stopping tempranillo to sit at the center of your holiday feast? Give this fresh and fruity bottle from the Toro region of Spain a try. Bodega Numanthia Termes features notes of fresh figs, raspberries, plums, and cherries, so it can really go with the appetizer course, main dish or desserts!
For a subtle yet seductive pinot noir that’s jam-packed with flavor, Smoke Tree doesn’t disappoint. Plum, dark cherry, forest floor, raspberry, and cola aromas are among the first of the flavors you taste when sipping this wine, which comes in a beautiful bottle that can also serve as the centerpiece of your holiday gathering.