Great finds under $40

Wine doesn't have to be expensive. In fact, most of my favorite, highly-recommended wines are well below $40. Compiling a full list of these can be daunting because there are so many choices but I've narrowed it down to a few per varietal. Most of these can be found in the DC metro area but are subject to availability. Here goes! *prices are subject to change

Pinot Grigio - light, fruity white wine; perfect for summertime or light appetizers

  • gPG Pinot Grigio $10.99 - Italy - blended with Garganega
  • Illahe Pinot Gris $19.99 - Oregon - dry, mineral palate with crisp finish
  • Dipinti Pinot Grigio $9.99 - Italy - fruity, easy on the palate
Sauvignon Blanc - crisp, refreshing; pairs well with spicy food or seafood
  • Sierra Grande Sauvignon Blanc $9.99 - Chile - dry, light with a bit of minerality
  • The Puppeteer Semillion/Sauvignon Blanc $13.99 - Australia - dry, hint of apple
  • Cigar Box Sauvignon Blanc $12.99 - New Zealand - passionfruit with fine acidity, crisp & clean
Chardonnay - fuller body, oaky, vanilla; great with heartier dishes
  • Rombauer Chardonnay $32.99 - California - slight oak, full bodied with hint of vanilla
  • Plowbuster Chardonnay $16.99 - Oregon - unoaked, fruit shines through
  • Philip Carter Chardonnay $21.99 - Virginia - unoaked, crisp, citrusy
Other White Varietals
  • Mas de Chabert Roussanne $10.99 - France - light-bodied, stone fruit palate, crisp finish
  • Barth Renee Pinot Blanc $19.99 - Alsace - refreshing, stone fruit, unoaked
Pinot Noir - fruit forward, lighter bodied red; pairs well with lighter entrees
  • Klee Pinot Noir $26.99 - Oregon - full of fruit, clean finish
  • Red Tree Pinot Noir $9.99 - California - easy to sip on it's own, fruity, light bodied
  • Jezebel $19.99 - Oregon - juicy, red fruit, soft tannins
Merlot - lighter bodied red with red fruit flavors
  • The Jack Merlot $16.99 - Washington - juicy flavors of cherries & raspberries
  • Twenty Rows Merlot $20.99 - California - fuller bodied, especially for a Merlot, bold flavors
  • Salexis Merlot $32.99 - California - red fruit palate with a hint of oak
Cabernet Sauvignon - full-bodied red with robust fruit; stands up to any hearty, meaty dish
  • BigVine Cabernet $19.99 - California - juicy, dark fruit flavors, nice tannins, long finish
  • Educated Guess Cabernet $19.99 - California - dark fruit with oaky aromas, long, smooth finish
  • Cigar Box Cabernet $12.99 - Chile - fruit forward, soft tannins, medium finish
Other Red Varietals
  • Chateau du Barry St. Emillion Bordeaux $29.99 - France - mostly Merlot blend, soft flavors of fruit, earthiness
  • Robertson Pinotage $9.99 - South Africa - toasty, bacon flavors paired with soft tannins
  • Relativity Zinfandel $19.99 - California - bold, big fruity flavors, full-bodied, long finish
Now, these are just a few of many that you can easily find in your local store. Wine is ever-changing so taste as often as you can. You're sure to find your top picks in the above categories at surprisingly reasonable prices.

Get out there and explore all the wine world has to offer!