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9 Overachiever Wines Under $15 and Pairings!

There’s no need to have a less-than-satisfactory glass of wine, even if you’re on a budget. Lucky for you, the wine experts at Bottles are always on the hunt for the best wine bargain—wines that deliver great quality at a little price.

The catch is that oftentimes, wines that fit into this category are off the beaten path. You may not be familiar with the growing area, or recognize the grape varietal. We’ve scoured the store and selected 9 overachieving wines that are under $15. You may have never heard of them, but trust us, they are worthy of your attention. Delicious and interesting, come discover your next go-to wines!

Download and print out Overachiever Wine Check List, so you check check them off as you try them! Really, why not try them all at such a bargain! Tell us what you think about them with #overachieverwines at @Bottles_PVD Twitter and @bottlesfinewine Instagram!

—-> Overachiever Wine Check List <—-


furmintEvolúció Furmint
Tokaj, Hungary
Steely, dry and very crisp white wine bursting with citrus, green apples, white flowers and mineral notes.  Great with goat cheese, but especially great with roast chicken. Try Edible Rhody Magazine’s Herb Roasted Spring Chicken!

bombardCantina Santa Maria la Palma Cannonau di Sardegna ‘Le Bombarde’
Sardinia, Italy
Made from Cannonau (a.k.a. Grenache), this is a highly polished and very characteristic example of the staple red grape from Sardinia. Pretty aromas of cassis, herbs and red flowers with flavors of red berries and a bit of smoke.  Try it with a heavily spiced chicken recipe, like this Cayenne-Roasted Chicken recipe.

alvaerezAlvarez de Toledo Godello
Bierzo, Spain
From the Northwest corner of Spain, this crisp, unoaked beauty has flavors of melon, peaches, baking spices and a hint of wet stone.  Impeccably made and great for nearly any occasion or meal, but especially suited to a lighter chicken recipe. We’re loving this recipe for Feta-Stuffed Chicken Legs.


molinoMolino a Vento Nerello Mascalese
Sicily, Italy
A beautiful red from one of Sicily’s more popular native grapes.  Intense aromas and flavors of wild berries and dried herbs.  Great with spicy foods, but would really shine with a rich vegetarian tomato based pasta dish. Give this a try: Rigatoni with Zucchini, Tomato and Basil.

ricotoRicitos de Oro White Garnacha
Navarra, Spain
Estate grown, hand harvested white wine from 40 year old vines.  Lovely bright flavors of tart citrus coupled with hints of fennel bulb and fresh herbs.  Great with salads and vegetarian cuisine, like Warm Salad of Fingerling Potatoes.

chateaurChâteau Jouclary
Cabardès, France
One of our long time favorites!  From Southwestern France, right in between the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea.  A blend of mostly Merlot and Syrah with a little Grenache.  Dry and smooth with engaging flavors and aromas of red flowers, black olives and pepper.  Great with so many different foods, but try it with your favorite veggie pizza or this recipe: Roasted Garlic Ricotta, Ramp and Wild Mushroom Flatbread.


flaseFalse Bay Pinotage
South Africa
Pinotage is the signature red grape from South Africa and is a hybrid of Pinot Noir and Cinsaut. False Bay makes an excellent example and has aromas and flavors of dark ripe fruits, dry cocoa and a hint of eucalyptus.  This is a rich wine but has soft tannins making a great pairing with lean pork dishes. We’re into this Pan-Seared Pork Chops recipe by Edible Rhody Magazine!

Cormons ‘Melograno’
Collio, Italy
Pure bright fruits flavors of tart cherry and fresh raspberries, medium bodied and soft, delicate tannins. Perfect for grilled porkchops or roasted pork tenderloin.

joaoFrei João
Bairrada, Portugal
Made from Touriga Nacional, Baga and Syrah, this wine has a deep ruby color and intense and complex aromas of black fruits and spices.  On the palate it shows an excellent structure, good balance, round tannins and a remarkable persistence. Pair with the richest pork dish you know. Roasted Pork Belly works!

Cheers and Enjoy! 

The Bottles Team

9 Winter Wine Picks Under $20

winter wine list

Winter is the time to enjoy hearty beef stews, tuck into your favorite spaghetti recipe, or savor a pork shoulder roast. We’ve paired these classic winter foods with complementary red and white wines. Keep reading for our list of under $20 wines, and stop by our store to shop our winter wine display.

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Looking for delicious beef, pasta, or pork recipe ideas? Our friends at Edible Rhody Magazine have a dazzling variety of dishes to choose from. We’ve selected three of our favorites: Braised Aquidneck Farm Beef Short Ribs, Linguine and Clams, and Pan-Seared Pork Chops Over Cheese Grits & Pickled Cranberry. CLICK HERE to download and print the recipe card for each, and visit the Edible Rhody website at www.ediblerhody.com.


La Flor de Pulenta Wines Cabernet Sauvignon

La Flor de Pulenta Wines Cabernet Sauvignon
Mendoza, Argentina, 2008

From Argentina, where Malbec is King, this engaging Cabernet has spicy plum and dark cherry notes but also lots of interesting graphite and savory herb flavors and aromas. $18.99

Chateau Fage, Graves de Vayres

Chateau Fage, Graves de Vayres
France, 2010

This beautiful Cabernet/Merlot red blend has a solid core of plum and black cherry fruit flavors, but what really makes it special are the delicious vanilla and mineral elements lurking in the background.  A great choice with rich beef dishes. $11.99

Bousquet Malbec

Bousquet Malbec
Mendoza, Argentina, 2011

Grown at an altitude of 4000 feet, one of the highest in Argentina, this smashing Malbec is 100% organic and delicious.  Dark and intense in color with aromas and has flavors of blackberry, black currant and plum.  Very well made with an excellent balance of powerful fruit and elegant structure. $13.99


Palazzone Orvietto

Palazzone Orvietto
Umbria, Italy, 2012

Made from a blend of obscure grapes that are indigenous to Italy, this dry and zippy white is perfect to add a splash to the pan to brighten up a pasta sauce, but even better to drink! $12.99

Zeni Ripasso Valpolicella

Zeni Ripasso Valpolicella
Italy, 2011

Ripasso are often called baby Amarone because they have many of the same flavors and aromas, but at a fraction of the price.  This beautiful example has flavors and aromas of chocolate, mocha, fig, raison and other dried fruits.  Enjoy with rich, meaty, pasta entrees. $17.99

A solid, well built, no nonsense Chianti that’s very dry and a bit rustic – just like inexpensive Chianti should be.  Look for bright and vibrant aromas of black cherry, cinnamon and red flowers.  A perfect match with any red sauce pasta dish. $11.99



Firesteed Pinot

Firesteed Pinot Noir
Oregon, 2011

A delicious lighter style Pinot Noir from the beautiful Willamette (rhymes with Dammit) Valley, Oregon.  Medium bodied red wine with exuberant wild blueberry and ripe raspberry flavors with hints of cocoa powder and espresso.  A really great match with pork dishes, especially ones with rich and flavorful sauces. $14.99

Willm Riesling

Willm Riesling
Alsace, France – 2012

Rieslings are not always sweet – see my video!  This stunning gem is super dry with crackling bright acidity that can cut through the richest of pork dishes.  Loaded with personality, look for flavors of green apple, peach, blood orange and anise.  Lip smacking delicious! $13.99

Chateau Pesquie 'Terrasses'

Chateau Pesquie ‘Terrasses’
Cotes du Ventoux, France, 2011

In Latin, Terrasses means “Lump of Earth” and refers to gravelly vineyard soil, rich in iron and clay.  A blend of Grenache and Syrah, look for an intense aroma of black pepper and red berries followed by yummy flavors of plum, cherry and red currants. A match made in heaven with roast pork dishes, especially with lots of garlic and black pepper. $16.99


Great Bourbon for a Bargain!

Bourbons for a Bargain

Who doesn’t love bourbon? If you’ve indulged during the holidays, you may be looking for a whiskey that doesn’t decimate your wallet. That’s why we’ve put together a list of great bourbons, all of which are under $20. Stop by our store, shop our bourbon display, and treat yo’ self!

Old Grand Dad Bottled in Bond Bourbon Whiskey
First distilled by Basil Hayden himself, Old Grand Dad is a high -rye bourbon with a spicy, robust finish. $18.99

Evan Williams Bottled in Bond Bourbon
Full of juicy grain & vanilla notes with a long, dry finish. $17.99
Old Fitzgerald Bottled in Bond Bourbon Whiskey
Old Fitzgerald Bottled in Bond – 100 proof
A wheated bourbon with a lighter, more floral finish than it’s high-rye cousins. $11.99

What does Bottled-in-Bond mean?
Bottled-in-bond refers to American spirits that have been aged and bottled according to a set of specific US regulations. The spirit must be the product of one distillation season and one distiller at one distillery and stored in a government warehouse for at least 4 years. The purpose of the 1897 Bottled-in-Bond Act was to create a standard of quality for Bourbon whiskey. The Act created incentive by allowing distilleries to delay tax payment until the aging of their whiskey was complete.

Four Roses Yellow Label Bourbon Whiskey
Produced by blending Four Roses proprietary 10 recipes of bourbon for a full, round, & lush experience. $19.99
W.L. Weller Special Reserve Bourbon Whiskey
A Bottles favorite! A wheated bourbon perfect for mixing; light & floral. $16.99

Watch Liam, our whiskey expert, talk about W.L. Weller Bourbon: http://youtu.be/XNc4LbbEpOw

Old Heaven Hill Very Rare Old 8 yr Bourbon Whiskey
Old Heaven Hill Very Rare Old 8 yr (Liter) – 86 proof
Rare, out of production, and crazy cheap. Get it while you can! $14.99
Rebel Yell Bourbon Whiskey
Rebel Yell – 80 proof
Based on W.L. Weller’s original wheat recipe – it’s long & smooth with a clean finish. $14.99
Hochstadter's Slow and Low Rock and Rye Whiskey
Ok…so this isn’t Bourbon. But, it’s a cocktail in a bottle that uses Rye Whiskey. Basically, an Old Fashioned in a bottle! Serve over ice.  $19.999 – 750ml, $11.99 – 375ml

Looking for Bourbon Cocktail Ideas? Click below:

Top 10 Thanksgiving Wines Under $20

Thanksgiving is our favorite holiday! We believe that wine transforms a dinner into a feast, and is the thread that binds your family and friends together. After tasting thousands of wines throughout the year (a tough job), this Top 10 Thanksgiving Wine List is hand-selected to complement your Thanksgiving feast, all without breaking the bank. We hope that you enjoy these wines in both good health and company this season.
top 10 thanksgiving wines
Top Ten Thanksgiving Wines under $20
1. Lander Jenkins Chardonnay $13.99 – Beautifully made Chardonnay with a kiss of oak and buttery richness, but not overdone. Great by itself or with lighter/first course dishes.
2. Valckenberg Gewurztraminer $14.99 – A classic Thanksgiving pairing! Dry style wine loaded with tropical fruit flavors that will stand up to anything on the table.
3. A to Z Riesling $14.99 – A beautiful wine in a beautiful bottle. Delicious, dry and refreshing studded with peak of summer fruit flavors and loads of zippy lemon.
4. Grandial Brut $9.99 – Our new favorite sparkling wine! A tremendous value, this dry style Brut loves to party!
5. Belleruche Rhone White $13.99 – Rich, savory and a great alternative to Chardonnay. A perfect pairing with squash dishes, sweet potatoes and yes, Turkey!
6. Laetitia Pinot Noir $19.99 – Unapologetically smooth and rich. This has been a year-round favorite and is sure to please everyone at the table.
7. Nicolas Pinot Noir $9.99 – An overachiever, light and elegant. Classic French style Pinot Noir with bright fruit flavors and a light engaging personality.
8. Antigal Uno Malbec $17.99 – A full bodied alternative to Cabernet. A big boastful wine with blackberry, mocha and vanilla flavors make you and your guests take notice.
9. Pesquie Terrasses Rouge $16.99 – Earthy and smooth, this Rhone Red is an excellent choice for those that like dry spicy wines. Pair with anything you’d put gravy on.
10. Foretal Beaujolais Village $14.99 – A traditional Thanksgiving pairing! Light and bright wine with tart cherry and cranberry flavors with hints of cinnamon and clove.
Cheers & Happy Thanksgiving!
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