Value, not prestige, is the new watchword in the wine world. Here, 10 bottles under $10 that smash the stigma of cheap wine.
CALITERRA 2008 SAUVIGNON BLANC RESERVA
(Casablanca Valley, Chile)
A vibrant, easy-drinking sauvignon blanc that combines green nettle, lime and herbs with citrus spark and pineapple. $9.95. LCBO 110049.
CASAL THAULERO 2008 MERLOT CABERNET SAUVIGNON
For under $7, it’s hard to do better than this surprisingly complex bottle with lifted smoky notes, vague blackberry, licorice and earthiness. $6.95. LCBO 621953.
CASTAÑO LA CASONA 2007 MONASTRELL
Full bodied and soft, this red hints at elegance that’s rare for the price range. $8.95. LCBO 143743.
CASTILLO DE MONSÉRAN 2008 GARNACHA
A fruit bomb with red licorice and strawberry-rhubarb pie flavours. $8.95. LCBO 73395.
CONO SUR 2008 VIOGNIER
(Colchagua Valley, Chile)
A perfect summer sipper that has incredible complexity for the price. $9.95. LCBO 64287.
DFJ VINHOS PEDRAS DO MONTE 2007 CASTELAO
(Terras do Sado, Portugal)
Lovely cedary spice and strawberry jam make this an LCBO favourite. $9.95. LCBO 565762.
FINCA FLICHMAN MISTERIO 2008 MALBEC
Misterio’s malbec is sturdy and complex, with spicy oak flavour. $7.80. LCBO 28803.
LA PUERTA 2008 SHIRAZ
(Famatina Valley, Argentina)
This vintage full of classic syrah flavours has remarkable depth and body for a $10 wine. $8.95. LCBO 614636.
MEZZOMONDO 2007 NEGROAMARO SALENTO
A rich, smooth wine with a nose of chocolate, almonds, leather, forest, ripe currant and plum, and the top-selling European red at the LCBO. $8.95. LCBO 588962.
VINHA DO MONTE 2007
A medium-weight New World–style red with clove and chocolate notes. $9.95. LCBO 621813.