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  • Beer Man

    A wine list that I can relate to and one that fits my beer budget!

  • Sara

    Two wines from Yellow Tail? Are they really that good at making cheap wine?

    • Gerald

      No, they are not. I am not a wine snob in any sense of the term. I am a college student with a small budget but yellow tail wine is in my own opinion the natty ice of wine.

      • Misty

        I disagree. Yellow Tail is an excellent brand as it is produced in Australia, a country that is well known for its high quality, yet affordable wine. Due to the trade agreements with the US, it sells in an affordable price range due to the reduces tariffs/duties. I love the Cab.

  • Joseph

    Evil Cabernet Sauvignon gets an honorable mention? IMHO it should have been somewhere in the middle of this top ten list. Great, inexpensive wine. Nice list, keep up the good work.

  • jill

    I love the Ravenswood, I buy it all the time their cab is also good!

  • Gary Vaynerchuk

    Nice thoughts and good effort George! Would have loved to see some wines from Rhone and Portugal and a few more outside the box wines! Stay well!

  • George Perry

    Evil is an honorable mention because it's hard to find – I've only received it as a gift and haven't managed to find it in any store near me. Hard to recommend a wine that even I can't find.

  • Jeremy

    what about Charles Shaw (two buck chuck) Cabernet Sauvignon?

  • Scott

    …hmmm unless this is a list of cheap wines from trader joe's, there are many, many better wines to choose from.

    quattro mani (italy) – $9.99

    la vieille ferme (france) – $6.99

    pinot evil (france) – $5.99

    those are all waaaaayyyyy better than ravenswood and yellow tail. just to name a few…

  • Trevor C

    Excellent list! I've always wanted to give Voga a try. A couple wines on my list: Barton & Guestier have two of my personal favorites for a sweet (often dessert) wine, Barton & Guestier's Vouvray and Beaujolais Gold Label. Each under (or at) $10! I'm also a fan of Hess Select Cabernet, however it is just over the $10 budget mark.

  • jeff

    There is plenty of great wine for under $10 and you're picking the commercial wine? "Let the pinot grigio open up for an hour?"

  • Patrick

    Cellar Number 8 has a Cabernet, a Melot, and a Zin each for 9.99. A great bottle of wine!

  • Jess

    the crappy thing is that state by state the wine prices will differ. although i won't deny that many of these are swell and cheap not all are under ten depending on where you are. i am assuming that these are bulk buy prices? i've never seen voga below ten in pennsylvania, even on sale.

  • Lorenzo

    i must agree with Scott on May 30th, 2008 11:52 pm, if you have any basic knowledge about wine you can find even better and cheaper wines.

    a suggestion, in many cases wine cost is influenced by cost of transportation and bottling, if you are really looking to get cheap and good wine the best way is to go directly to the producer, each one of them usually has a couple of different varieties, ask to sample them and buy a minimum of 6 bottles at a time, sometime if you go with friends and buy more you can even get a good discount.

    if you live in the states you probably never heard of how many different wine grapes there are, i only see here the most world wide famous, these are the most known but there are many other species that offer beautiful wines.

    oh and just an observation about n°7 Bell’agio Chianti, take it from an italian, chianti and Bellagio (yes it's a whole word) have nothing to do with each other making me think they are only putting together two famous Italian names to suggest better quality, i would be careful there…

  • Every wine on the list was found, at least in one place, to have a purchase cost under $10. Links were provided under the title of each wine. This does not included shipping and tax, of course.

  • Hinks Binks

    "unless this is a list of cheap wines from trader joe’s, there are many, many better wines to choose from.

    quattro mani (italy) – $9.99

    la vieille ferme (france) – $6.99

    pinot evil (france) – $5.99 "

    Why are these wines better? Having a pretentious name and being from Europe doesn't automatically make a wine better. These wines (which I've only had in passing) have a certain stale European stench. If you like things that smell like trash, maybe the wines you mentioned are better, but I doubt it.

  • LuLu M

    I have to agree with the Ravenswood, but I have never found it that cheaply. I agree it does vary significantly. The Rosemount Shiraz-Cab blend is also exceptional. A recent discovery of our is the Argentinian Malbec- there are a number on the market, but for well priced and delcious, the Argento Malbec 2007 Mendoza is fantastic. It does improve with a little time to breath, but in a blind tasting our group of friends judged it to be excellent and one of the top choices among far more expensive wines.

  • Tricia

    I LOVE TWIN FIN PINOT NOIR!!!! But I haven't been able to find it in over 8 months. I have been told so many different stories as to why, but I still haven't find anything I like as well.


  • Red|Red|wine

    Great article, I love the Australian sparkling reds.

  • gabrielle

    With the exception of the two yellow tails, this is a great list. Lots of familiar favorites here. Does Bonny Doon's Big House Red and Big House White get an honorable mention? They are just a smidge above the $10 mark.

  • Good list! I wish we can pay those prices up in Canada! The white Voga, Pinot Grigio, is really good too. (14.95$ cdn).

  • Absinthe

    Awesome list. And best of all I can afford more than one bottle.

  • magach

    Rename is to: 10 Wines to Avoid at All Costs

  • Greg Harrison

    I am probably a novice compared to most here when it comes to wine but I have had my share over the years. Ravenswood's offerings are consistently good and their entry level zinfandel deserves to be at the top at this price point. On the other hand, I have sampled several offerings from yellow tail (I have never tried the chardonnay) and was not the least bit impressed even considering their cost.

  • I'm very happy with the responses on the list, both the positive and negative comments. It only goes to show that we all have different tastes and opinions. I personally didn't like the Bell’agio Chianti but my wife loved it.

  • Nathan

    I have had each of these wines and they are all excellent for cheap wines.

  • Danielle

    Great list! I'm always looking for great wines that are within my budget. I'm keeping this one bookmarked and will definitely be picking up some on my next trip to the wine store!

  • If you do try any of these wines, please come back and leave a comment. I would love to know what people think who haven't tasted these wines before.

  • Giovanni

    I am surprised so many people loathe some of these wines, well, except for the Yellow Tail. Those are not the best cheap wines to choose from. I do like the Little Black Dress Pinot Grigio though. Hidden gem.

  • Shocked that you would include swill on your list when so many better wines are available. Yellowtail has made my WORST list for many years now.

  • The Chateau Ste. Michelle riesling pictured is actually "Eroica", which is a team effort from CSM and Dr. Ernst Loosen, and is NOT $7.99 a bottle, more like $20, give or take a couple of bucks depending where you are. But it IS an excellent riesling. Oh, and take those Yellow tails off the list, will you? They barely qualify as table wines. If you want a better Aussie wine, try a Black Opal or Jacob's Creek.

    • Rudy

      I agree with your suggestion in regards to Black Opal. The Black Opal shiraz is much better than Yellow Tail's version of the same, though not as easily available.

  • Tod

    Unfortunately the Yellow Tail bottles are over 10 dollars here in Canada… damn liquor taxes.

  • Brans

    Has anyone else tried Barefoot? The run around $5.99 and are pretty dang good.

  • Rizzo

    That Ravenswood isn't bad

  • Ed

    Ravenwood is excellent. I like Gabbiano's chianti also.

  • Peggy

    "Double Dog Dare" isn't bad for a Chardonnay at $3.99. Yellow Tail Riesling, Chard, and Cab are all good.

  • karl wilder

    I can't abide yellowtail at ny price. Undrinkable swill in my opinion.

  • Jake

    I buy the Ravenswood at Costco for $8.99. I love it. It is very versatile. It has enough character to stand up to nachos watching football yet it is smooth enough to drink with a filet.

  • son

    the Chianti is drinkable, but barely

  • son

    Under $10 amazing wine: try finke-hesse cab (my spelling may be off).

    old dover old vin zines. trentatre rosso (trader joes). many riojas and temprenillos are quite tasty under 10. do not have titles handy but trial and error may find you your favorite!

  • NussJunk

    I have to say Bare Foot wine is the ultimate buy. I like white wine and highly recommend their Chard and Sav. Blanc. I can't believe Yellow Tail is on here twice. Gross! Rob Mondav. is delicious. There's even a white at Wal-Mart that's getting incredibly popular. $3.97/bottle and I kid you not, it's delicious. I think it's Oak Leaf or something like that.

  • I cannot take this list seriously at all. It has not one, but two bottles of Yellow Tail. So no, A for effort, but no points for the Yellow Tail. There are plenty of wines out there with more thunder in the same range.

  • Patrick

    What? No Columbia Crest? One of the best inexpensive wines. Won many awards.

  • David

    Yellowtail and Ravenswood are jokes. I dont get why people are so fascinated by these 2.

    Rosemont and Mouton Cadet are upgrades from the former.

  • Wayne

    I am not crazy over the Yellowtail. For a cheap Chard I prefer the Down Under

    Chard @ $2.49 a bottle. My two favorite Chards @ $5-6 are the Bare Foot

    or Fallen Leaf.

    • Wayne

      I meant Turning Leaf…Not fallen Leaf. The 2008 Turning Leaf

      Chard. is an awesome wine. Found it on sale for $4.98 a

      bottle. The 2007 vintage is not near is good.

  • Umo

    which is the cheapest wine out there??

  • Anon

    i am totally satisfied with this ranking …..Ravenswood Zinfandel is always number 1 nice post like it thanks for sharing it keep it up

  • Flores

    Barefoot is good. Rex Goliath is another. Oak Leaf should not just be an honorable mention. Very good for that price and easy to find.

  • Flores

    Turning Leaf used to be my go to until I found Rex Goliath.