Wine expert Angela Aiello shares five tips for buying awesome inexpensive wines.
1 Look for unique regions.
When you’re perusing the wine store, look for less popular areas, such as South Africa, France’s Languedoc region, Austria, Portugal and Spain, to find delicious wines at a lower cost. Durbanville Hills Shiraz, South Africa, $12.
2 Choose comparable wines
Sip outside your comfort zone, and you just might find some hidden gems. If you like Sauvignon Blanc, try Grüner Veltliner; if you appreciate Moscato, sip on Gewürztraminer; if you’re a fan of Pinot Noir, try Gamay; if you love Riesling, take a chance on Pinot Gris. Willm Gewürztraminer, France, $16.
3 Shop South America
Bottles from Chile and Argentina are definitely wallet-friendly and have great sipping quality. Try tasty yet affordable South American Carménère or Cabernet Sauvignon. Errazuriz Estate Series Cabernet Sauvignon, Chile, $14.
4 Rethink oldworld varietals
Italian Amarone might be expensive, but try a Primitivo (Zinfandel), Ripasso or Chianti for amazing flavours at a lower cost. The same can be said for France: Stray from Bordeaux and try something from the south instead. Paul Mas, Estate Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot, France, $14.
5 Show off with Ontario's sparkling wines
Most of the sparkling wine produced in Ontario is made just like champagne but can be had for a fraction of the price. The bottles offer exceptional value, taste superb and are a great way to support Canadian winemakers. Jackson-Triggs Entourage Grand Reserve Brut, Ontario, $25.