The Budget Wines of Summer

Expensive bottles of wine are indulgent and fun, but there is still something to be said about how you feel when you finally find a bottle of bargain wine that still tastes just as good. Here’s an overview of a few wines easy on the pocketbook (both white and red AND under $20) to get your hands on this summer.


1.   Funf 5 German Riesling in Sassy White 

This is your ultimate “girly” wine, made for those times when you’re craving something sweet, but don’t want to fully indulge in something with many more calories, like a piece of chocolate cake. Funf comes across as a lighthearted and colorful brand. The refreshing and sweet flavor would be a perfect complement to a sushi dinner or as a pre-party drink for before you step out on the town. Plus, the bottle is strikingly unique and unbreakable. (Less than $8 for a bottle)

 Translated from German, Funf literally means "five" because, after all, most fun starts at five o'clock, right?


2.   Seven Daughters White NV 

Literally seven different blends and varieties go into a bottle of this wine, which can be a good choice if you’re having guests over but you’re not sure if they like Moscato or Riesling. The white blend hails from California and has flavors of mandarin oranges and tangerines, which also make it a good drink for sipping on the back patio. ($13.99 for a bottle)


3.   Cupcake Vineyards Petite Sirah 

Another California wine, this deep red blend is full of body and full of flavor. The dark cherry notes, luscious blackberry, and bitter flavors mesh well together. Cupcake Vineyards also ages this particular variety for about a year in oak barrels, which further brings out and adds to the distinct flavor. ($11.00 for a bottle


4.   Mon Ami Winery Pink Catawba 

This sweet wine is a blush color and easy to drink. It’s great for taking along on a boating trip, provided you remember to bring the necessary glasses or cups. It stems from the Mon Ami Restaurant and Historic Winery, where most of the grapes used in the wine are grown close by. ($9.00 for a bottle)