Ray Isle (@islewine on Twitter) is Food & Wine's executive wine editor. We trust his every cork pop and decant – and the man can sniff out a bargain to boot. Take it away, Ray.
Holiday entertaining, gift giving, travel, you name it—the result of this season is a bank account that’s about as robust as a scarecrow on a bad day. And yet, what are you going to do, skip the wine? Utter madness. To that end, here are some of my favorite value picks from a year of tasting at Food & Wine.
$10 and under
2010 Valentin Bianchi Elsa Malbec ($8)
2010 Toscolo Chianti ($10)
2010 Jaume Serra Cristalino Cava ($10)
2010 Pacific Rim Columbia Valley Dry Riesling ($10)
$11 to $20
2007 Hecht & Bannier Languedoc Red ($12)
2007 E. Guigal Côtes du Rhône Rouge ($13)
2010 De Morgenzon DMZ Chardonnay ($15)
2010 Joseph Cattin Alsace Riesling ($15)
2010 The Show Malbec ($12)
NV Lini Labrusco Lambrusco Rosso ($16)
2007 Chateau Souverain Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($18)
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