5 Great $12 and under Wines for Thanksgiving


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5 great $12 and under wines for Thanksgiving

Ok, so hopefully none of you are getting to quite that level of cheeriness this Thanksgiving. But for many of us, a glass or two of wine will be in store this holiday.

But wait, what, under $12? This is a formal occasion, won’t I look cheap?

I do not have what most would call a sophisticated pallet when it comes to wine. But I do know that there are some really high quality wines out there that can be had for an attractive price.  I did some research, and some sampling, to put together my picks.

The descriptions provided are directly from the Vineyard or Winery’s site.


Chateau Saint Sernin Malbec De Galets VIntage 2012/2014

Care of the vineyard : Guyot pruning. 8 buds on the fruit-bearing and 2 on the spur. Desuckering by hand. Thinning. Green harvest.

Vinification : Maceration on skins for 24 hours. Long and low temperature fermentation in thermo regulate stainless steel vats (control of the temperature). Pumping over and delestage before D°1045. Long maceration with pomace and micro oxygenation.

Maturing : In French oak barrels for 8 months minimum. Regular topping-up.

Wine/food : Poultry roast meats, spicy food. Cheese.

McManis Family Vineyards Zinfandel


Our Zinfandel is a dark purple wine, loaded with notes of ripe red currant, strawberry, caramelized sugar, and toasty oak. The savory red fruit on the palate leads to soft, supple tannins and a smooth finish.

Harvest and Production Notes:
The grapes for our Lodi Zinfandel are typically harvested between August and September, with an average Brix of 25.3. After 7-9 days of stainless steel fermentation on the skins, the must is pressed as the wine finishes fermentation. The wine is then aged, on average, for 4-6 months with a combination of new and used, French and American oak.

Montevina Barbera

This classic varietal offers luscious fruit flavors and happy acidity making it an extremely versatile, food-friendly wine. Discover our Barbera’s tempting black cherry and toffee aromas, and ripe, blackberry and pomegranate flavors with hints of toasty graham cracker.





Louis Jadot Macon Villages Chardonnay

The Mâcon Villages area is located in the southern part of Burgundy, close to the Beaujolais area. This appellation is the largest of the Mâconnais area, covering about 2 500 ha of vineyards and 43 communes. Forty three villages have the right to produce Mâcon Blanc Villages. Mâcon Villages are only white wines.

he wines are made from 100% Chardonnay grapes. The limestone subsoil of the Monts du Mâconnais are ideal for growing the Chardonnay grapes. Some small areas produce exceptional wines. The Louis Jadot Mâcon Blanc Villages is made from grapes from these different areas.

BTW- if you’re getting ready to host the big dinner at your house this year, be sure to check out my other post- How to Host a Stress-Free Thanksgiving.



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