Top Wine Picks! Post-Holiday Budget Bottles

If you’re anything like me, the last thing you want to do is dole out big bucks for wine right now. After a glorious, fun-filled December, I’m suffering from a bit of a holiday hangover – well, at least my bank account is.

Thankfully, there are some great-value wines here on the My Wine Canada website that deliver great flavours for even the most budget-conscious imbibers. Check out this trio for of wines for just a few of what MWC partner wineries are offering for $20 or less.

1) Coteau Rougemont NV Rose Framboise - $13

In addition to raspberries, this delicate Quebec rosé is a blend of McIntosh, Cortland, Empire, Spartan and Gala apples. Bright raspberry, crunchy apple and floral notes dominate here; it’s a versatile, easy-drinking pink wine that’s lower in alcohol (seven per cent by volume) and delivers some moderate sweetness. It’s a fun, fresh rosé that brings plenty of flavour for a killer price.

2) Meyer Family Vineyards 2013 McLean Creek Road Vineyard Gewürztraminer - $18

I’m the third MWC blogger to chime in on this wine and, like fellow scribes Jake Skakun and Michelle Bouffard, have nothing but good things to say about this Okanagan Gewürztraminer. Red apple, mango, spice and toasted nut notes show well aromatically, while there’s plenty of ripe stone fruit and spice on the off-dry, light-bodied palate.

3) C.C. Jentsch Cellars 2013 The Chase - $19.90

This Bordeaux-style red blend is pretty much equal parts Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cab Franc, with splashes of Petit Verdot and Malbec thrown in. There’s good reason why this red picked up a gold medal at WineAlign’s 2015 National Wine Awards of Canada – when it comes to bringing Old World complexity (black tea, savoury and earthy notes) together with New World fruit (blackberry, anise, and plum), it does it better than almost any wine at this price range... and beyond.

Rose Framboise Meyer Gewurztraminer 2013 The Chase

Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson is the wine columnist and literary editor for the Winnipeg Free Press. He’s on Twitter and Instagram at @bensigurdson.

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