There are plenty of wines out there for under $15, but there aren’t as many good wines in that price range. These are all truly delicious wines that you can nab for $15 (or less!). I’ve included a range of styles. Most of these wines are widely available across the US and generally good across all vintages. I’ve listed an average price for each one. If the price you see at the store is significantly more than this, find a new place to get your wine!
If you forget to save this list for future reference, try to remember a few things: wines from “newer” wine regions, like Chile, South Africa, and South Australia can be better value buys than something from a more established wine region, like Napa or Bordeaux. Moving outside of more expensive styles can nab you less expensive (but equally tasty!) wines. (There are so few good pinot noirs under $15, for example, that the one on this list is almost the only one I can think of in existence.) And price doesn’t always equal quality. This list is proof. I hope you find your new go-to wine here. If you’ve got a favorite on this list (or not on this list but in this price range), let us know what it is in the comments!
Bogle Old Vine Zinfandel (California), $9
Bold and impressive, with notes of cherry, savory herbs, and spice. A rich, intense, gripping wine.
D’Arenberg The Stump Jump GSM Red (South Australia), $10
This GSM (a grenache-syrah-mourvédre blend) is full and round, with notes of black cherry, chocolate, and spice.
Bogle Vineyards Old Vine Essential Red (California), $10
Old vine zinfandel, syrah, cabernet sauvignon and petite sirah make this an easy-drinking wine. Dark berries, plum, medium body.
Mark West Pinot Noir (California), $10
Drinkable pinots under $20 are as rare as albino yetis. This one is light to medium bodied, with flavors of cherry and cola.
Apothic Dark Red (California) ($11)
A blend with medium body and bold flavor. Aromas of dark chocolate and coffee, with blueberry and blackberry flavor.
Josh Cabernet Sauvignon (California), $13
Medium bodied and oaky; blackberry, hazelnut, and vanilla. A delicious and approachable wine.
Altos Las Hormigas Clasico Malbec (Mendoza), $13
This Chilean malbec is bright red, fresh, fruity, and eminently drinkable. Notes of violet, subtle tannins.
Hahn Family Wines Central Coast Merlot (California), $13
Fruit-forward and acidic; blackberry, cassis, and lingering vanilla from French oak. Dark garnet in color.
Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rouge (France), $15
A preponderance of syrah gives this medium- to full-bodied wine a backbone of smoke and earth, dark fruit and well-balanced tannins.
Fairview Goats do Roam Rosé (South Africa), $10
My favorite rosés tend to include pinot noir and grenache grapes, as this one does (along with a bunch of others!). Rose water, strawberry, and a dry finish.
Charles & Charles Rosé (Columbia Valley), $15
Syrah grapes, pretty salmon color. Strawberries and cherry candy aroma and a tart pink grapefruit finish.
Chateau Ste Michelle Dry Riesling (Washington), $10
Such a bright wine that it almost feels as if it’s sparkling on the tongue. Sweet and tart citrus with an elegant finish.
Rodney Strong “Charlotte’s Home” Sauvignon Blanc (Sonoma) ($12)
An extremely popular wine, nuanced and acidic. Flavor of grapefruit and yuzu, finishing on a tropical note. Clean and classic.
Yalumba ‘Y Series’ Viognier (South Australia) ($12)
A bargain at this price. Honeysuckle, lemon, and melon, smooth and juicy.
Pine Ridge 2018 Chenin Blanc-Viognier (California), $13
This wine displays all of the beautiful characteristics of one of my favorite blends. Aromatic honeysuckle and orange blossom married to tropical pineapple and tart green apple. Medium body.
Marisco Vineyards The Ned Pinot Gris (Marlborough) $13
Known for its slightly pink hue, this New Zealand wine features apple, honey, and a bright acidity with a dry finish.
Ferrari-Carano Fumé Blanc (Sonoma), $13
This sauvignon blanc blend is my go-to standard, the wine that’s always in my cellar. Light, bright, citrusy, tropical, with a crisp, mineral finish.
Jam Cellars Butter Chardonnay (California), $13
The opposite of subtle, this is a big, bold, and, you guessed it, buttery chardonnay. If you’re a fan of Rombauer’s (in)famous chardonnay but not a fan of its price tag, this is the wine for you.
Louis Latour Grand Ardèche Chardonnay (France), $14
Pale yellow in color. Bread, fresh fruit. Toasted barrels produce a long vanilla finish. Very reminiscent of a white Burgundy.
Sokol Blosser Evolution White (Oregon) $14
A highly drinkable white blend of nine (yes, nine!) grapes. Tropical and citrus notes and a crisp finish.