Looking for a modestly priced, enjoyable wine for a casual dinner or simple family get together? You can’t go wrong with these picks:

Clos du Bois chardonnay

Widely available for around $10, Clos du Bois Chardonnay has a deserved reputation as a very drinkable, not overly oaky, pleasant chard.

From Stacy Slinkard:  The 2005 Clos du Bois Chardonnay is packed full of flavor, with pear, green apple and citrus capturing the initial lime light. Vanilla and creamy butter notes highlight the palate appeal, exhibiting the full body and defined textures that make this Chardonnay one white wine to have on hand for all occasions. Pairs perfectly with a cream-based chicken dish.

From Gary Vaynerchuk:

#1; COLOR-light; NOSE-not too over-oaked, pear; TASTE-nice, lots of pear, little green apple, butter & oak on the finish, not bad;GV-86

Click here for Gary’s video review.

Our local case price is $10; I’ve seen it as high as $15/bottle, however. Give it a try!


Via Firenze Chianti Riserva

I enjoyed a taste of Via Firenze Chianti Riserva (2003) on a recent trip. This is no $30 chianti, just a dependable, enjoyable bottle that can be had for under $10.

From wineloverspage.com:

Clear ruby, with sunset glints of reddish-orange against the light. Black cherries and light spice, typical of Chianti, a bit on the shy side. More open on the palate, bright tart-cherry fruit and snappy acidity, with more than a touch of tannic astringency carrying into the finish. Nothing fancy, but as a Chianti should be, a fine food wine at an old-fashioned, rational 12% alcohol. US Importer: North Lake Wines, Madera, Calif. (Sep 6, 2008)

Typical price: ~$8 to $9

If you have other reasonably priced wines that you enjoy, please share by commenting!

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