The holidays are filled with good food and good company, and that calls for good wine. However, good tasting wine doesn’t have to break your bank, and sommeliers agree! Top sommeliers and wine connoisseurs recommended their favorite white and red wines. Here are affordable wines, perfect for holiday parties, that are under $20 and sommelier-approved:
Vietti, Barbera d’Asti, Tre Vigne, 2016
A dry, medium-bodied red wine with ripe cherry flavors and hints of vanilla, mineral, and oak. According to Ryan Barry of Acanto, this wine pairs with well with all types of worldly cuisines, true-to-form for most Barbera wines. The starting price is $17. Get it at Binny’s.
Tenuta delle Terre Nere, Etna Rosso DOC, 2017
A Sicilian-grown wine, this impressive young wine is rich with elegant flavors of ripe fruits and sweet spices. It also has a nice “smokiness” to it according to Christy Fuhrman of Yugen. The starting price is $20. Buy it at Binny’s.
Masciarelli Montepulciano d’Abruzzo (Abruzzo)
This dry red wine is the perfect introduction to Italian reds for bussing wine enthusiasts. It’s smooth on the tastebuds and rich with flavors of black fruit. Order online for $10 from Total Wine.
Pieropan Soave Classico, 2017
The first white wine on this list! This wine is something of a dream as it originates from the volcanic hillsides of the Soave Classico area. Plus, the flavors are bright with notes of citrus, almond, and white florals. Buy it for $19 online from Siena Home Botique.
Azienda Santa Barbara Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi, 2018
This next white wine is classic with refreshing flavors of citrus and minerality. It’s an amazing go-to for only $13. This wine is exclusive, but luckily you can purchase it from Ancona’s.