The Hostess Handbook’s
Wine Guide for Bottles Under 15 Dollars
Every hostess with the mostest using the leastest must have a trusty wine guide for bottles under 15 dollars! It is a great resource for when you throw parties and for when you need to bring a hostess gift to a friend. Here is the ultimate wine guide for the young, broke and fabulous. Complete with food pairings!
Always look for the words: ‘grand’ ‘estate bottled’ ‘superior’ ‘aged in new French oak 10 months +’ on a bottle before you buy it as a basic guide to good wine!
Fun Fact: Wine ranges in proof from 11-16%. Check the bottle if that is a deciding factor for you!
Contributing Wine Guide Master- Maxim Rohowsky
-Ventana 2008 gewurztraminer (from Monterey CA)
-La Vielle Ferme 2010 1.5L (Rhone Valley Vineyards)
Pair with brie, baguette, cooking
-Nino Franco Proseccco
Try it with cheese sticks
-Essay Chenin Blanc
-Les Roches Blanches (Muscadet)
With Goat cheese.
-Ca Donini Pinot Grigio
With Piave cheese
-San Quirico Vernaccia
With Tomatoe & Mozzerella
Feta or other domestic/ import French Sheep cheese.
Try it with home made chorizo pizza or paella. Also, a grand Saffron spiced rice shrimp/ chicken dish is a great pairing.
-Sherman & Hooker’s Shebang (CA wine)
Great wine! I love how it comes in a glass jug 1.5L with screw top or in a 750ml bottle. Must have if you can find it!
-Los Vascos Cabernet
The Rothschild family makes some of the best wine in France. They bought land in South America and decided to make very good wine there too. Have it with grilled ribs!
-Aguaribay Malbec (2009)
Pair with grilled red meat or veggie burger, meat loaf, Indian spices. Dollar for dollar defiantly good.
-E. Guigal Cotes du Rhone (France 2007 or other similar vintages)
E.Guigal much like ‘Louis jadot’ are good names in French wine. I almost always like any French Appellation wine. Rhone is known for great robust red wine on the dry side. Good with a hearty meal or with cocktail food.
I like to find ways to drink red wine with fish because I just don’t like white. So BBQ sword fish or sushi are good foods to pair with a pinot noir you like. Most Louis Jadot is good even their wine under 15.00 USD.
-Menage a Trios wine. CA blend.
Women & Men love this! Very popular seller!
-Black Stone CA (Merlot)
Good with blue cheese or Roquefort.
-Villa Puccini Toscana Italy
I like the recent vintages. It is good with lasagna, pasta and pizza. Relatively light good table wine.
-My tenth wine pick is: “when in doubt go with a bottle of Chianti and/or Pinot Grigio if you have to put wine on the table trust the Italians”. See what your local store recommends if that’s where your shop or do research before hitting up big retail stores.