There are many different varieties of wine available for under $15. Whether you prefer a red, white or rosé, then even though you may have a set budget in mind, you can enjoy a lovely glass of wine.
If you prefer a nice rounded glass of red wine, then you may prefer to opt for a sophisticated Cline Ancient Vines Zinfandel which is $15 (2009). It has a root beer and red plum flavor with some hints of oak. This teams well with a nice juicy steak, some pork chops that are well seasoned or a venison dish.
For an alternative, you have a Woop Woop Shiraz (2009) which has a depth of flavour of black cheery and chocolate. The grapes are derived from Wrrattonbully and Langhorne Creek which is very wholesome to drink. Priced at only $14 in comparison to the Zinfandel. This also teams well with some meat dishes but in particular cured meats.
The Trumpeter Malbec (2009) at $12 allows a coarser alternative with a freshly grounded coffee flavour and red fruit notes running through it. It does have a short finish although it can be teamed up well with some stronger tasting meat dishes such as duck and venison or some finely selected cheese with some depth of flavour.
Now, for a white wine selection, here are some of the finer wines for a set budget of $15 and under.
This softer and more enticing bottle of CVNE Monopole Blanc Rioja Alta (2010) offers an acidic and ripe melon with citrus note set of flavors. It is an introduction to the Viura variety of grape and this is teamed best with some salads and green vegetables. Priced at only $15, it offers a reasonable wine for a more staple meal.
For a more pronounced flavor, consider the 2010 Backsberg Kosher Chardonnay which is only priced at $14. It has a full flavour of apricot and lemon. This goes well with cold meats, salads and pasta dishes for a more Mediterranean twist.
If you prefer a more everyday drinking wine, then you can buy the Edna Valley Vineyard Paragon Chardonnay which is reasonably priced at $12. It has a very nice refreshing citrus burst of green apple. Team it with goat’s cheese, brie and olives for a suitable appetizer.
Fruity flavors are offered by the following wines such as the 2010 NV Codorníu Pinot Noir Brut Rosé ($15) which has a strawberry and cherry tone for more of a sparkling wine. Whereas, the 2010 Château Routas Rouvière Côteaux Varois en Provence ($14) also offers a strawberry flavour, it has an added tangerine and mineral note which makes it more pure tasting. If you prefer more depth of flavour, then the 2010 Mulderbosch Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé ($12) is a suitable aromatic alternative with its currant and sweet flavour for a more drinkable type of wine to suit an after dinner desserts which include chocolate and fruit.