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Good Cheap Wine

We are in a golden age of cheap wine. Seriously. With all of the advancements in modern winemaking, you may find something you don’t like, but it’s almost impossible to find a bad bottle of wine. And trust me, as someone who was super active in the wine industry back in the day, there used to be a lot of bad wine out there. Nowadays you can find wines that bring straight thunder to your mouth for less than the price of an IMAX ticket. So here are 15 killer bottles for under $15.

Good Cheap Wine

Shebang! is a project started by Morgan Twain-Peterson, who is the winemaker behind Bedrock Wine Co. and son of Ravenswood founder Joel Peterson. A Sonoma County native, Morgan also passed the Master of Wine exam and after completing his dissertation, will become one of less than 30 American Masters of Wine — impressive! While you may not be a Master of Wine quite yet, you can experience Morgan’s winemaking skills with this delicious old-vine red blend at a terrific price point.

Good Cheap Wine

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I found this wine to be arousing, but that may just be my libido peaking — according to the Journal of Sexual Medicine, red wine does that. Primitivo is apparently made from Old Zinfindel vines of the Puglia region in Italy. This wine is probably a good one to pull out on your first date.

Good Cheap Wine

View this image › Andrew Richard / Jon Premosch / BuzzFeed 4. The Morning After Review: I found this wine to be arousing, but that may just be my libido peaking — according to the Journal of Sexual Medicine, red wine does that. Primitivo is apparently made from Old Zinfindel vines of the Puglia region in Italy. This wine is probably a good one to pull out on your first date.

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2010 San Felice Il Grigio Chianti Classico Riserva I know what you’re saying: “Another Chianti?” Yes it is, but hear me out, because this is on the darker side of the moon. It’s black fruit, leather, and spice. It’s Christian Bale’s Batman. A very different approach to the grape, but just as good. It all depends on what you’re into! 2013 Quintay Clava Chardonnay If you’re not a huge fan of super-oaky Chardonnays, you might want to look to Chile. The fruit on this bottle is really clean and brings tons of stone-fruit flavors like apricot and peach. 2012 Palestra Douro A lot of people talk about “structure” in wine, and I know that’s kind of a weird thing to say about a liquid, but it’s hard to describe what’s going on in this wine any other way. This wine comes from Douro, the same place they make port, only in this case there is no residual sweetness or extra alcohol like port.

Good Cheap Wine

Prosecco comes from the Veneto region of northern Italy. You'll find your local wine shops are overflowing with different brands of cheap Prosecco, but the La Marca Extra Dry is the one to opt for: a fresh sparkling wine with a vibrant bouquet of apple, white peach, and honeysuckle.

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This wine was in a twist-off bottle, which I appreciated because I used to work at a country club and wine openers bring back terrible memories. Sadly this was a bad first wine to try. My very first sip made me cringe. But I knew I had eight more glasses to go, so I trudged ahead.

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Probably one of the top-two values on this list. This wine is made with the Aglianico (ah lee ON ick oh) grape, which is a super old-school variety experiencing a comeback right now. This wine is straight power, with a fistful of tarry, pitch-black fruit. This wine shows you why Aglianico del Vulture is also referred to as the Barolo of the South.

This wine has a drunken song you can sing on its back label, so at least it knows what it is. Part of the lyrics claim the wine tastes like “ripe cherries and dark chocolate … figs and jam,” which are flavors I apparently missed. I was probably distracted by the cheaply made cork that fell apart into the bottle. My comments make me think I liked this wine, but I gave it a shitty score, so I guess it was more like that nice guy at the party that you’re just not attracted to. There’s nothing wrong with him, you’re just not into it.

A lot of people talk about “structure” in wine, and I know that’s kind of a weird thing to say about a liquid, but it’s hard to describe what’s going on in this wine any other way. This wine comes from Douro, the same place they make port, only in this case there is no residual sweetness or extra alcohol like port.

This Chianti gives you a hell of a lot to think about. At five years old, the fruit has had some time to develop, and the result is juicy cherries for days. But the cool part is wrapping your nose around all of the mint and fresh flowers that practically leap out of the glass. This thing delivers. Hard. Back in the day, Gary Vaynerchuk (@GaryVee) blew up the Internet with his daily wine show Wine Library TV. These days he’s busy running VaynerMedia, a 500-person digital agency in NYC, but he still makes time to drink and talk about wine.

View this image › Andrew Richard / Jon Premosch / BuzzFeed 1. The Morning-After Review: This wine was in a twist-off bottle, which I appreciated because I used to work at a country club and wine openers bring back terrible memories. Sadly this was a bad first wine to try. My very first sip made me cringe. But I knew I had eight more glasses to go, so I trudged ahead.

View this image › Andrew Richard / Jon Premosch / BuzzFeed 6. The Morning-After Review: This wine has a drunken song you can sing on its back label, so at least it knows what it is. Part of the lyrics claim the wine tastes like “ripe cherries and dark chocolate … figs and jam,” which are flavors I apparently missed. I was probably distracted by the cheaply made cork that fell apart into the bottle. My comments make me think I liked this wine, but I gave it a shitty score, so I guess it was more like that nice guy at the party that you’re just not attracted to. There’s nothing wrong with him, you’re just not into it.

2008 Macarico Aglianico del Vulture Macarico Probably one of the top-two values on this list. This wine is made with the Aglianico (ah lee ON ick oh) grape, which is a super old-school variety experiencing a comeback right now. This wine is straight power, with a fistful of tarry, pitch-black fruit. This wine shows you why Aglianico del Vulture is also referred to as the Barolo of the South. 2010 Finca El Encinal Ribera del Duero Crianza OK, so you probably know Rioja, but let me introduce you to Rioja’s smaller cousin just down the river. Ribera del Duero (just Ribera to his friends) puts out a ton of super high-quality, low-production wines. Chief among them is this one, which shockingly manages to keep its price down despite killer reviews.

2010 Marchesi Torrigiani Fiorentini Chianti This Chianti gives you a hell of a lot to think about. At five years old, the fruit has had some time to develop, and the result is juicy cherries for days. But the cool part is wrapping your nose around all of the mint and fresh flowers that practically leap out of the glass. This thing delivers. Hard. Back in the day, Gary Vaynerchuk (@GaryVee) blew up the Internet with his daily wine show Wine Library TV. These days he’s busy running VaynerMedia, a 500-person digital agency in NYC, but he still makes time to drink and talk about wine.

There's a reason this wine is on so many restaurant wine lists (usually at $50-60/bottle).The winery is dedicated exclusively to the production of Estate Bottled Chardonnay, which means they grow all the grapes themselves. That's a wine fact to learn: not all wineries grow their own grapes. The wineries who do their own grapes are usually more particular about the final product. This bottle's got a hint of oak to give it some creamy complexity, but accented with nougat, green apple, spices, pear, and touches of wet stone minerals.

Spanish red wines from Rioja are aged, in this case for five year, and you won't another wine with that much time spent in a barrel for $35. Only 1% of all the wine produced in the world is meant to be aged. Drinking an aged wine definitely has a romantic allure, because so few bottles actually benefit from, and can handle, sitting around for such a long time. This bottle evokes red berries, cinnamon, clove, and oak.

My old wine shop sold 1,500 different wines. We were a critic's darling, had tremendous press and pr, and were the big dog in our town. But we could only get six bottles a year of Cakebread Chardonnay—and only if we'd sold our quota of Cakebread Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc. It was by far our most asked for wine. Now you can find it everywhere. It's the ultimate California Chardonnay: a full-bodied white wine with green apple and toasty oak aromas.

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