Wine: Sub-$10 keepers
America’s most popular wines generally sell for under $10—and are mostly a waste of money, said Dave McIntyre in The Washington Post. Barefoot’s cabernet evokes machine oil. Sutter Home’s chardonnay smells like sewer gas, and its cab tastes like Robitussin. Better values generally arrive at the $15 mark, but if you need a supermarket standby, these three are worth remembering.
2016 Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Chardonnay ($8). Mondavi makes two enjoyable chardonnays under $10, led by this crisp, light, “rather tasty” example.
2015 Santa Rita 120 Maule Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($9). Look to Chile for decent $10 cabs. This “quite refreshing” wine features bright flavors of berries and cherry.
2015 Kirkland Cabernet Sauvignon ($8 for 1.5 liters). Costco’s privatelabel cab is “on the sweet side, but interesting,” with hints of toffee, blackberry, and tobacco. At $8 for a magnum, it’s “a steal for parties.”