Here are the best wines that can be acquired for under ten dollars, according to the New York Times. About their selections, the critics say:
We tasted 12 whites and 12 reds, and picked our top 5 of each. Of the whites, three of the five were made from the sauvignon blanc grape. A fourth tasted as if it were, but it was made from the colombard grape. The fifth was a pinot grigio.
Steenberg South Africa Sauvignon Blanc 2004
Crisp, fresh, zesty and balanced, with unexpected depth. (Importer: Monsieur Touton Selections, New York)
Veramonte Casablanca Valley, Chile Sauvignon Blanc 2004
Bone-dry and refreshing, with tart herb and mineral flavors. (Franciscan Estate Selections, Rutherford, Calif.)
Domaine Duffour Vin de Pays des Côtes de Gascogne 2003
Bright, intense fruit flavors, like sauvignon blanc except it’s colombard. (Michael Skurnik Wines, Syosset, N.Y.)
Bodegas Salentein Mendoza, Argentina Sauvignon Blanc Finca el Portillo 2004
Mild and refreshing, with citrus flavors. (San Francisco Wine Exchange)
Bolla Venezie I.G.T Pinot Grigio 2002
Persistent melon, tropical fruit and honey flavors. (Brown-Forman Beverages Worldwide, Louisville, Ky.)
J. Vidal-Fleury Côtes-du-Rhône 2001
Earthy and balanced, with lingering fruit flavors and a great sense of place. (W. J. Deutsch & Sons, White Plains, N.Y.)
Domaine Lafond Lirac Roc-Épine 2002
Balanced fruit and tannins, with a pleasing bitter flavor. (Wines of France, Mountainside, N.J.)
Bonny Doon California Ca’del Solo Big House Red 2003
Not complex, but full of spicy fruit flavors.
Sumarroca Penedès Tempranillo Barrel-Aged 2002
Herbal flavors, decent tannins. (Frontier Wine Imports, Dover, N.J.)
Bogle California Old Vine Zinfandel 2003
Juicy and fruity, but a little too sweet.