24 Top Wines for Less Than $10

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Wine doesn't have to be expensive to be good. In blind tastings, people often prefer mid-priced wines to stuffy, hard-to-appreciate premium-priced wines. Certainly spending a lot of money on a bottle does not guarantee you will enjoy it -- and that's the most important part, regardless of price.With so many new labels and so much information about wine, it can be overwhelming to navigate the shelves, especially when looking for good value. Cheapism.com has rounded up a dozen white wines and a dozen red wines under $10 that have earned the approval of professional and consumer reviewers in tastings across the country. Distribution varies widely, so not all the wines are available everywhere, but you're sure to find at least a few recommended bottles at a local shop.

INDABA CHARDONNAY 2013

This delicious expression of chardonnay (starting at $8) comes from South Africa. The rich, rounded wine is dry yet full of ripe citrus flavors. Tasters pick up faintly floral aromas, and a touch of oak enhances chardonnay's naturally buttery quality without overwhelming the fruit.

CRANE LAKE PINOT GRIGIO 2013

Crane Lake is a go-to for serious bargains that retain varietal character. This 2013 California pinot grigio (starting at $6) is light and simple but retains an earthy, herbal quality that unmistakably smacks of its namesake grape.

BANDIT PINOT GRIGIO

Another great value in California pinot grigio is from the Bandit line. Non-vintage Bandit Pinot Grigio (starting at $9) comes in a 1-liter Tetra Pak -- larger than the usual 750 ml bottle. In other words, buyers get more wine for the money. The simple wine is clean and crisp, with a hint of fruity tartness.

WASHINGTON HILLS LATE HARVEST RIESLING 2013

This fresh riesling from Washington state (starting at $8) is semi-dry, with flavors of apricot and peach. Pair it with pan-Asian takeout for a perfect food match.

INDABA CHENIN BLANC 2013

The value-driven South African brand behind this wine does not disappoint. The 2013 Indaba Chenin Blanc (starting at $9) is dry yet floral and features flavors such as lemon, apricot, and cardamom.

CONO SUR SAUVIGNON BLANC 2013

One of Cheapism's picks for best budget white overall is the Cono Sur 2013 Sauvignon Blanc (starting at $9). This clean, crisp Chilean wine features flavors of young grass, grapefruit, and other citrus fruits.

DOMAINE HORGELUS 2014 SAUVIGNON BLANC AND GROS MANSENG

This sauvignon-blanc-based wine (starting at $8) comes from Gascony in southwest France. The inclusion of gros manseng, a local grape variety, adds layers of tart citrus fruit, herbal flavor, and a somewhat chalky texture with a clean finish.

VERA VINHO VERDE 2013

This mouthwatering Portuguese wine (starting at $8) is light and fresh with a slightly bubbly mouth feel. It has earned a shout-out from Shape, which named it best in class, with a nod to the lime and pink-grapefruit aromas.

DOMAINE DES COGNETTES MUSCADET SEVRE ET MAINE 'SELECTION' 2013

Few iterations of muscadet, a French wine from the Loire Valley, are a better value than this one (starting at $8). Plenty of minerals, a slight chalkiness, and citrus fruit flavors make this wine lip-smackingly refreshing.

CANDES 'GRAN SELECCION' ALBARINO 2013

This wine from Rías Baixas, Spain (starting at $9.50), serves as an excellent introduction to the Albariño style and an appealing alternative to the usual suspects. It's full of peach and lemon flavors with undertones of herbs -- a good, approachable everyday wine.

BIG HOUSE WHITE

This non-vintage blend of grenache, malvasia bianca, and orange muscat (starting at $9) yields a dry wine that's pleasant and fruity. Exuding floral aromas and sweet citrus flavors, it can stand on its own or accompany salads, fish, and poultry.

DOMAINE DE L'ENCLOS COLOMBARD UGNI BLANC 2014

This wine from Gascony France (starting at $7) is a charming blend of ugni blanc and colombard, two grapes often used in the production of sparkling wine. With flavors of lemon and green apple, this crisp wine drinks like a sauvignon blanc.

CHONO RESERVA CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2012

This powerful red wine from Chile's Maipo Valley (starting at $9.50) is full of blackberry flavor, along with spicy black and earthy bell peppers. With its firm tannic structure, this cabernet is an ideal match for grilled meats or a perfectly cooked steak.

JELU MALBEC 2011

From Mendoza, Argentina, comes a consistently low-priced and delicious malbec (starting at $9). Rich, layered flavors of plum, black fruits, and sweet spices create a warming effect with each sip.

GEORGES VIGOUROUX CAHORS 'GOULEYANT' 2013

This bright, medium-bodied wine (starting at $8) hails from southwest France, home of the malbec grape. Although this malbec is quite a bit more delicate than its New World counterparts, full berry flavors are interwoven with savory spice and a touch of leather.

BOGLE MERLOT 2013

This true expression of California merlot (starting at $8) is soft, fruity and easy to enjoy. Beneath the fruit are hints of smoky tobacco and background notes of black pepper.

UNDERWOOD PINOT NOIR 2013

This wine from Oregon (starting at $8) is among the best cheap examples of pinot noir. With flavors of red fruits such as cherries, plums, and berries, this is a juicy wine that finishes with a bit of a spicy kick.

VRAC COTES DU RHONE 2014

This French wine is an awesome value (starting at $9.50) with a medium body, flavors of fresh red berries, and plenty of spice. It's ideal for enjoying with cured meats or sipping on its own.

CORTIJO RIOJA 2013

This silky-smooth Spanish wine (starting at $9) has undertones of hearty herbs and spice aromas through and through. Pair it with lamb, grilled meats, and dark green veggies to bring out the raspberry notes.

CHATEAU MARIS OLD SCHOOL ROUGE 2013

This joyful French wine (starting at $9.50) hails from the Languedoc-Roussillon region, and the blend is typical of that area: mostly syrah with some grenache. It has a medium body and bright flavors of red raspberry and peppery spice.

GNARLY HEAD OLD VINE ZINFANDEL 2013

This California wine (starting at $7) has a long record of impressing competition judges, wine critics, and consumers alike. Wine Enthusiast recently named this vintage a 90-point "best buy." It delivers dark, bold flavors of smoky plum and silky chocolate.

CHATEAU HAUT BEL-AIR VIEILLES VIGNES 2011

CHATEAU HAUT BEL-AIR VIEILLES VIGNES 2011 This inexpensive French wine (starting at $8) exemplifies the terroir of Bordeaux, the world-famous region known for high-priced wine. It offers hints of soft spice and smooth blackberry, plum, and currant flavors. This all-purpose red can be enjoyed on its own or served with meaty dishes ranging from burgers to filet mignon.

HEDGES CMS RED 2012

"CMS" refers to the blend of cabernet, merlot, and syrah that makes up this wine from the Columbia Valley in Washington (starting at $9.50). It's a full-bodied, easy-drinking red wine with a soft texture and flavors of blackberries and pepper spice. Pair this one with grilled meat or a cheese plate.

LA VIEILLE FERME COTES DU VENTOUX ROGUE 2014

This very pretty French wine (starting at $7.50) results from a blend of carignan, grenache, cinsault, and syrah. It has a light body, with delicate floral and mineral notes, and tastes of strawberries and red raspberries. It goes down very easy; large-format magnum bottles sell for just a few dollars more.