How to Pick a Good Wine for Under $15

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This week, Sasha shares 5 strategies for choosing an excellent bottle of wine that won't break the bank. Tune in every day for a new tip!


If I had a nickel for every time someone asked me what my favorite under-$15 bottle is, well, I’d be able to buy a lot of very expensive wine. The truth is, I can’t settle on just one. There’s so much good wine out there, who could blame me for being fickle? So instead of naming names, I’ll share my general strategies for finding delicious wines at modest prices.

3. Process of elimination is key. It’s tough to make good, inexpensive wines from Pinot Noir and Viognier, so I bypass these varieties when my wallet’s feeling light. (That’s not to say there aren’t well-made wines made from these grapes in that price range. You’re just unlikely to get a bottle that shows these varieties in the most flattering light for less than $15.) Also, if the wine comes from someplace where you can’t get a decent hotel room for less than $300 a night, no dice: so long, Tuscany, Napa, and Provence.


Sasha Smith



Sasha Smith writes about wine and food on her website, spinthebottleny. In her spare time, she is the Executive Director of a New York based media company.