Looking for party wines this summer? As the temperature rises and descriptors like "scorching" and "sweltering" enter summer lexicons, it's time to look for bright, refreshing white wines to quench thirsts and juicy, spicy reds to match barbecue picnics and summer nights.
Throwing parties and splurging on big vacation plans can get expensive, so here are some top picks for white and red wines at $10 and under that will keep bank accounts in check without sacrificing quality and flavor.
Segura Viudas Brut Reserva Cava, Penedès, Spain $10: Who doesn't need bubbles this summer? This classic brut made from Macabeo, Parellada and Xarel-lo is clean, vibrant, and welcome at any brunch or picnic. Hey wine geeks: this wine is produced in the méthode champenoise method and is aged in bottle up to two years.
Jaume Serra Cristalino Brut Cava, $10: For more than one sparkling choice, reach for this other classic Cava, also produced via méthode champenoise with notes of green apple, citrus, and toast.
Famega Vinho Verde, Portugal, $8: Crisp, refreshing, and with a touch of fizzy bubbles, this wine is a crowd pleaser with low alcohol, citrus and floral notes.
Goats do Roam, White Blend, South Africa, $9: This fruity wine crafted from Viognier, Roussanne, Grenache Blanc, and Chenin Blanc displays notes of white flower, pear and apricot.
Ruffino Lumina Pinot Grigio, Italy, $9: Always a safe bet, this classic Italian white from a prestigious winery works for everyone from your mom to a night on the porch with friends.
Borsao Garnacha Tinto, Spain, $8: Consistently rated high among critics, this wine is juicy, spicy and perfect for summer grill outs. Look for notes of cherry, raspberry, licorice, and pepper.
2015 Chateau de Costis Bordeaux, France, $9: This blend of merlot, cabernet franc, and cabernet sauvignon is definitely a standout in the bunch. Balanced, juicy, and rich, with telltale Bordeaux character, you'd never guess it was under $10. Go and buy a case.
Santa Julia Organica Cabernet Sauvignon, Argentina, $9: Fans of living organically will appreciate this wine for the environment and its notes of black cherry, red and black cassis, herb, and pepper.
Bodegas Volver Tarima, Spain, $9: Receiving an impressive 91 points from The Wine Advocate, the wine is 100% Monastrell and is a delicious crowd pleaser with red and black fruit, chocolate, and spice.
NV Piccini Memoro Vino Rosso, Italy, $8: This is a wine tailor-made for the American palate. Crafted from Montepulciano from Abruzzo, Nero d'Avola from Sicily, merlot from Veneto, and Primitivo from Puglia, the wine is big and juicy, with ripe red and black fruits, figs, and cocoa.
All wines above can be located individually at one of the following locations: San Diego Wine Company, local grocery stores and wine shops, wine.com, totalwine.com, and jjbuckley.com. Wine prices may vary $2-$3 depending on location.
With 18 years in the restaurant and beverage industry and more than 850 reviews under her belt, Laurie Delk is a one-stop guide to all things craft beer, wine and spirits. You can follow Delk on Twitter @lauriedelklife or Instagram @sandiegobeer. Send ideas for featured drinks to firstname.lastname@example.org.