How to Pick a Good Wine for Under $15

0 Save

If you like it, save it!

Save and organize all of the stuff you love in one place.

Got it!

If you like something…

Click the heart, it's called favoriting. Favorite the stuff you like.

Got it!

Wine bottles

This week, Sasha shares 5 strategies for choosing an excellent bottle of wine that won't break the bank. Tune in each 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.

4. When in doubt, go white over red, and hot over cold. If color’s not an issue, I’ll favor white wines over red. It’s a gross generalization, but they tend to be more fairly priced. Similarly, you’re likely to find better bargains from hot climate zones (southern Italy, many regions in Australia and Spain) than cool ones (Oregon, New Zealand, Champagne, Burgundy…you get the idea). And is it a coincidence that the most undervalued wine in the world, fino sherry, is a white wine from Spain’s torrid Andalucía region? I think not. Of course, as with all things wine, there are exceptions, but in general, these are helpful bargain-hunting rules to live by.


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.