“What? Aldi has wine!”
Yes. Your favorite store for pretzels, roasted almonds, fancy cheese, and $5 pizza also has WINE.
And not just any wine. Really, really good tasting-value-for-your-money wine. And they have a huge selection of wine for under $10.
And because the folks at Aldi know that Redefined Mom Readers LOVE Aldi (and wine too, let’s be honest), they asked me to sample and give feedback on five of their top-rated wines. (Because let’s be honest…life is too short for bad wine.)
(Which also happened to impress the folks at Bon Appetit Magazine too. Don’t believe me, take a watch at this short video.)
Because here is the deal wine lovers…one should not have to spend $30 to have a glass of red wine with take-out pizza.
There is a time and place for everything…and a $10 bottle of wine from ALDI is about the perfect answer to a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday night. It’s great tasting, affordable, and approachable. Plus, nine times out of ten, it will beat anything you could have picked up in those “other” grocery stores. So here are the best wines at Aldi for under $10.
Best Wines At Aldi For Under $10
Outlander Meritage – $8.99
Produced From: Paso Robles, CA
Wine Notes: Boasts flavors of plum, blackberry, anise and hints of vanilla. Pairs well with beef tenderloin, prime rib or pasta with red sauce.
Awards: Wine Enthusiast 88 point Rating & Best Buy – 2013 Vintage
Kelly’s Thoughts: I love a good Meritage (which is a fancy word for “kitchen sink of wines” – anything goes). Usually a mertiage doesn’t have good tannin structure, but this one surprisingly did. Plus, it comes from Paso (one of my favorite wine regions), so it is more berry fruit-forward than a wine from Napa or Santa Barbara County.
Grandi Mori Valdobbiadene Prosecco – $8.99
Produced From: Italy
Wine Notes: Honeysuckle aromas lead to bright fruit and green apple flavors with a crisp, refreshing finish. Pairs well with fresh fruit, salads, mild cheeses or on its own.
Kelly’s Thoughts: Oh, I loved this wine. I love a good Prosecco, but it has to be dry and a bit fruity at the same time. Too much dry, and I feel like I’m drinking Pine-Sol. Too much fruity, and I feel like I’m drinking a Bartles and James. This was the perfect mix. Crisp. Dry. Lightly-fruity. Perfect for any occasion. (Because it’s now Champagne, it’s Sparkling Wine, so all of those Emily Post rules get thrown out the window.)
Kelly’s Crossing Sauvignon Blanc – $9.99
Produced From: New Zealand
Wine Notes: A crisp white wine with fresh fruit sweetness and a well-balanced acidity. Pairs well with summer salads and seafood.
Kelly’s Thoughts: It’s from New Zealand and a Sauvignon Blanc…most likely it will be perfect. Sauvignon Blancs can be finicky, however. Some have a VERY metallic aftertaste which can ruin their crisp sweetness. Luckily, Kelly’s Crossing has no metallic anything (except the label and who can blame them for that).
Villanella Pinot Grigio – $9.99
Produced From: Italy
Wine Notes: Displays floral aromas and flavors of pear and Golden Delicious apples with bright acidity and a touch of mineral on the finish. Enjoy with fish, chicken, pork, pasta with cream sauce, mild cheeses or simply on its own.
Kelly’s Thoughts: When it is HOT AS HADES outside and you’ve just done a marathon of yard work, you want a beverage that is crisp, clean and refreshing. And if you don’t drink beer, this is your wine. This wine is VERY LIGHT, so while it states you can eat it with food, I’d probably just drink it by itself or with cheese and crackers (because what is bad with cheese and crackers?!?!?). Perfect wine for a summer barbecue.
Broken Clouds Pinot Noir – $12.99
Produced From: Sonoma County, CA
Wine Notes: Luscious flavors of strawberries, raspberries, and allspice. Pairs well with truffle risotto, beef tenderloin with mushrooms, or thyme and goat cheese potatoes.
Awards: Wine Enthusiast 91 point Rating & Best Buy – 2013 Vintage
Kelly’s Thoughts: This is hard for me because I “learned” about wines in Santa Barbara County in the hey-day of Pinot Noir. And in the “old days” you could pick up a great bottle of Pinot Noir for under $15. Fast forward to now and it is almost impossible to find a “decent” bottle of Pinot Noir for under $20. While this wine hit all of the “points” for a Pinot Noir, it wasn’t my favorite out of the five wines. I wanted it to have a little more depth and spice flavor. But still a good value for under $13.00.
(On a side note. If you aren’t a wine-oficiendo and are asked to bring a bottle of wine to a friends house for dinner – pick up one of these with confidence. You will have provided a great bottle of wine to your friends and not broken the bank.)
What do you think? Will you grab one of these Best Wines At Aldi For Under $10 the next time you are at the store? Or bring them to your next get together or barbecue?
Disclosure: Aldi provided the wine for Redefined Mom to sample, but she was not paid in any other way. She just loves wine and Aldi and thought her readers would want the down-low too. SO…with that being said, the written remarks and opinions are entirely my own. Want more information – check out my full disclosure statement.