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10 Great Wines You Can Get For Under $50

We’re in the golden age of winemaking, and new developments and technologies have made it possible to make high-quality wines all over the world. That also means you can now enjoy fantastic bottles at very affordable prices. From highly aromatic Moscato D’asti to powerful reds, these are some of the best wines you can get for under $50.


1. Miles from Nowhere Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2018
$43 (Special: $34)

From Western Australia comes the 5-star winery (as rated by James Halliday) Miles from Nowhere, which has gathered little pockets of exceptional land and vineyards across Margaret River. These guys have always wanted to do something really special, unique and distinct, which brings us to this lovely Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2018. It’s pale as straw with lifted aromas of freshly cut grass, green peas, and citrus. Clean and lively with a light body of passion fruit, you’ll want to pair this with salmon steak and lemon pilaf rice.


2. Yves Cuilleron Syrah Vin de France 2018
$46 (Special: $39)

Yves Cuilleron is one of the most important vignerons in the northern Rhône, and he’s been described by Wine Spectator as the leader of Condrieu’s new generation of winemakers. His 2018 Syrah Vin de France possesses lovely notes of crushed black currant and violets, and pretty fresh red fruit aromas. Fruity and soft on the palate, you’ll get an acidulous finish that’s sure to please.


3. Marenco Strev Moscato d’Asti DOCG 2018
$34 (Special: $24)

Forget supermarket Moscatos, this Moscato d’Asti from Marenco showcases the excellent flavours of their corner of Piedmont, and is great for drinking right away. Straw yellow with intense aromas of citrus, apricot, fig, and orange blossom, the taste is pleasantly sweet and aromatic, making for a delicious thirst-quencher as well as a dessert wine. You’ll love this with fruity desserts, as an aperitif with cheese and crackers, or even with raw fish and sushi.


4. Dourthe Beau Mayne Red 2018
$39

The grapes grown at Dourthe have a strict selection process, and only the best from several hundreds of batches are selected for their supple tannins and rich fruit. The result? The Beau Mayne cuvée, a round and nicely-balanced Bordeaux with an emphasis on lovely ripe fruit aromas and a structured and silky palate. It offers a nice fruity finish and is best enjoyed in its youth, served with cold meats or things like roast beef, vegetable gratin, and cheese.


5. Belondrade Quinta Clarisa Rosé Rueda 2017
$46

Belondrade is an organic winery that produces its wines exclusively with their own plots. If you’re in the market for a quality rosé, look no further than this light, fruit-driven Tempranillo. This aromatic and fruity wine has an attractive pomegranate colour and intense flavours on the palate, and is an ideal accompaniment to a large number of summer dishes!


6. Tabali Pedrogoso Gran Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2018
$39 (Special: $32)

Tabalí was one of the first wineries to settle in the Limarí Valley, one of the most promising wine valleys in the North of Chile. Their proximity to the Atacama Desert and to the Pacific Ocean, as well as the presence of limestone soils, brings an exceptional and unique terroir for high-quality wines like this Sauvignon Blanc. Think a clean and brilliant wine with a nose rich with elegant citrus notes, passion fruit and green aromas. On the palate, the wine is full and crisp, and high acidity gives freshness and life.


7. Bodegas Elias Mora Viñas Elías Mora 2015
$47 (Special: $42)

Made with 100% Tinta de Toro, this expressive red by Bodegas Elías Mora encapsulates the bold nature of that grape variety as well as the extreme continental climate between the Duero and Hornija rivers. You’ll get fresh, intense notes of wild berries, blackberries, violets, liquorice and roasted coffee, combined with hints of spices, cinnamon and undergrowth. Bold and well-structured, expect a meaty body nicely balanced by excellent acidity and a long, balsamic finish.


8. Sella & Mosca Cannonau di Sardegna DOC 2018
$40

Cannonau is one of the crown jewels of Sella & Mosca, and it’s the varietal that best symbolizes Sardinia. Cultivated with extra care in warm, sandy soils, look forward to an intense yet warm wine that combines delicate floral and ripe fruit notes with the more classic ones of Mediterranean vegetation. There’s a complex bouquet of violet, rose, and cherry, and the mouth is full, robust, and generous, yet well balanced.


9. Jurtschitch Gruner Veltliner Terrassen 2018
$43 (Special: $37)

Over the past generation, the Jurtschitsch winery in Langenlois and Kamptal has grown into one of the most prominent wineries in Austria. Made from 100% Grüner Veltliner grapes, this wine is yellow with green undertones, features fresh apple aroma with delicate citrus notes in the nose, and has a pleasant peppery spice on the tongue. A perfect drinking experience for many occasions, this bottle goes well with starters, poultry, salads and white meats!


10. Il Meridione Nero d’Avola 2018
$34

This medium-bodied spicy Nero d’Avola from Sicily is perfect on pizza nights. You get aromas of ripe plum and black cherry, with a palate that combines warm juicy red fruit flavours with savoury, lightly smoky characters, a hint of bitter chocolate, and a nip of tannin on the finish. Crafted to be imminently enjoyed in its youth with some ageing potential.


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