The Best of Budget Wines

Living on a budget doesn't mean a sacrifice in luxury.  At least, not when the popularity of Trader Joe's "two buck chuck" upped the ante for discount wines.  We scoured the planet, asked around, and well, had a few drinks in order to provide you with our picks for the best wines under fifteen dollars.

BEST RED:  If you're looking for a red wine to compliment dinner without tripling your budget, Borsao Campo de Borja won't disappoint you.  What you'll notice is its raspberry fragrance; what you'll remember is its spice.  A Spanish wine, Borsao is self-described as a pleasant fruity bouquet well balanced by a youthful solid structure. 
Find it at:  Cost Plus World Market, Price:  $7.99
Runners up:  Firefly, Charles Shaw

BEST WHITE:  BV Carneros Chardonnay may smell like pear, honey and vanilla, but its smooth taste leaves a lasting impression of cinnamon and subtle oak.  Try it with lemon chicken or veal.
Find it at:  Trader Joe's,
Price:  $14.99
Runner up: Nepenthe Sauvignon Blanc 2001


BEST CHAMPAGNE:   Mumm Cuvee Napa NV Brut Prestige, a popular Napa Valley sparkling wine, is an award-winning addition to any meal.  Wine critic James Laube says "This grows on you with its subtle flavors that start out simple but gain nuances on the finish."  Mumm Cuvee Napa has a bright lemony zest sure to spice up the evening.
Find it at:  Whole Foods, Price:  $14.00
Tied for first:  Domaine St. Michelle

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