A Taste of Europe: Affordable Wines Worth Trying


2It’s the second half of 2016 and it is still a wonderful time to stock up on your wine collection. We’ve already discussed Asian wine trends, so let’s travel to another part of the globe, to Europe.

It’s a continent that’s widely known for its storied past, breathtaking vacation spots, and exquisite wine. What you may not know is that Europe is also home to some great value wines that are sommelier favorites. Many of them  can easily be found on the wine lists of famous restaurants.

Since we love making lists of wines for you to check out, we’ll go ahead and give you another one, so you have more options the next time you go shopping.

Chateau Du Cedre Cahors Cedre Heritage 2012 – Malbec, France
Priced at around $17 on Wine-Searcher, this ruby coloured wine exhibits intense aromas of violets and spices. It’s straightforward on the palate and provides a clear acidity taste wrapped in mellowness that you’ll appreciate in any season. It also pairs well with grilled meat.
Anton Bauer Grüner Veltliner Rosenberg 2015 – Wagram, Austria
Coming from one of the best known vineyards in Wagram, this unabashedly fruity wine, which is far richer than the average gruner, exhibits a luscious aroma of nectarine and peaches, framed by hints of herbs that tastes refreshing to the palate.

Pairing this wine with fried or roasted white meat provides a wonderful harmony to your meal.

Terras de Alter 2013 Terra d’Alter Alicante Bouschet – Alentejano, Portugal

Wines You NeedA powerfully structured wine, rich with dark fruits and tannins. It has a very long finish, with strong fruity flavours and a slightly spicy aroma. It’s priced at around $16, and it is particularly good with red meat dishes and hard cheeses.

Cantina Vermentino Kirri Cannonau di Sardegna  2014 – Sardinia, Italy

This $15 wine is one of the most famous red wines in Sardinia. It has a deep ruby colour and perfumed aroma that becomes both dry and harmonious inside your mouth. It is ideal to pair with roast meat or ovine cheese from Sardinia.

Tegernseerhof T26 Grüner Veltliner Federspiel 2015 – Wachau, Austria

This white wine hails from a vineyard named Frauenweingarten, which is located close to the winding Danube river in Wachau. At around $15, a myriad of intense flavors, such as ripe stone fruit and tangy pineapple, await you when tasting this richly concentrated wine. It will pair really well with fresh asparagus, roasted chicken, and salad dishes.

Schlosskellerei Gobelsburg Grüner Veltliner 2015 – Kamptal, Austria

A wildly popular wine because of its food-friendly balance, great minerality, and appealing freshness. This lip smacking refreshment is packed with ripe fruit and white pepper flavours that bring a wonderful balance to your palate, all at the price of less than $20.

In case you want to stock up on your wine, or looking for a new taste to enjoy with your friends and loved ones on a warm candle-lit night, then go try our recommendations. While we love good wine, we also love the idea of enjoying it without having to spend exorbitant amounts of money on it. If you’re not sure which one to buy, then we suggest you buy all of them. They all come in affordable prices.