16 Best Wines for Beginners To Make You Look Fancy On A Budget


Are you a beginner? Are you looking for the right wines to start you off? Well you're in luck! This list of the best wines for beginners is sure you make you swoon, and swirl (your glass that is) all of these best wines for beginners have been hand-picked by our editorial team to keep you boozin like a pro on a budget.

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The Best White Wines For Beginners

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Sauvignon Blanc

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"Classic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc aromas of lifted citrus, tropical fruit, and crushed herbs. A fresh, juicy wine with vibrant acidity and plenty of weight and length on the palate. Ripe, tropical fruit flavor with passion fruit, melon, and grapefruit. Pairs brilliantly with fresh oysters, asparagus, lobster, or summer salads."

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"The Butter Chardonnay is rich, bold and luscious. Made in the tradition of quality Californian winemaking, the grapes selected are juicy, ripe and bursting with flavor. This Chardonnay is cold fermented to a lush creaminess and is aged in a unique blend of oak. Butter brims with stone fruit and baked-lemon notes and has a lovely, long, vanilla finish. Simply put, it melts in your mouth."

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Pinot Grigio

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"Brilliant straw color with reflections of gold. Crisp and clean with delicate nose of orange flower and wild rose with apricot, white peach and orange peel. Crisp, dry and well structured with golden apple and citrus.

Wonderfully versatile. Excellent as an apertif and the perfect complement to light appetizers, salads, grilled chicken and fresh seafood. Enjoy well chilled."

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Get it for $16.98

"Eroica Riesling offers sweet lime and mandarin orange aromas with subtle mineral notes. The mouth-watering acidity is beautifully balanced by flavorful Washington Riesling fruit. This wine is a blended statement of the finest Riesling vineyards in the state. Eroica strives for bright fruit with crisp acidity and enhanced mineralilty."

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The Best Red Wines For Beginners

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Pinot Noir

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"This wine is no exception to Angeline's dedication in over-delivering quality in every bottle of wine. The California Pinot Noir is a wealth of aromas such as fresh cranberries, maraschino cherries, and orange zest. The palate is round and juicy with lively acidity, and a touch of sweet, toasty oak on the finish."

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Cabernet Sauvignon

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"Dark violet in color this wine is filled with spicy, fresh black fruit aromatics with overtones of mint. On the palate, it is lively, expressing rosemary, laurel and mint touches. The finishes long and savory. It is an ideal pairing with lamb, pasta or risotto.

Blend: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Syrah"

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Elegant smoky tones lead to notes of currant, dried herbs and hints of pepper. The supple texture is complemented by flavors of cedar and dark fruits.

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"The Indian Wells Merlot offers ripe berry fruit aromas and jammy flavors typical of Wahluke Slope reds. This is a full bodied style of warm climate Merlot with a round, supple finish. We added Wahluke Slope Syrah to enhance the mouthfeel and rich fruit character. I call this my pasta wine!"

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Super Tuscan

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"Brancaia TRE is a wine full of character giving you drinking pleasure already at the moment of release. TRE stands for the three grape varieties Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon and for Brancaia's three Tuscan estates - the basis for this wine. TRE was also their third label in 2000 so they have three good reasons to name it Brancaia TRE.

This elegant and well-structured wine, matches every cuisine. Perfect with various pasta dishes, roasted and sautéed white meat, white poultry, fried and grilled fish.

Blend: 80% Sangiovese, 10% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon"

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1,000 Stories Bourbon barrel-aged Zinfandel is a harmonious balance of Zinfandel grapes from Mendocino and Sonoma counties which is bursting with aromatic red fruit scents and complex black fruit flavors. A touch of Petite Sirah and Syrah enhance those flavors even more with bold black and white pepper spices. The batch is then rounded out with a layer of smokiness derived from the new bourbon barrel aging.

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Rhône (French) Red Blend

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"Deep and dark red, shiny. Fresh fruits with red berries and spices on the nose. The palate is full, round and racy with rounded and smooth tannins. A full-bodied, rich and intensely aromatic wine. Full with a long finish and plenty of elegance and finesse due to the well balanced tannins and fruit."

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The Best Champagnes for Beginners

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The very very fancy very expensive option:

Dom has to have a seat on this list simply because it's the best of the best, and any true wine connoisseur must know that fact. That being said, this bottle certainly will break the bank. But its oh so glorious.

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"Dom Perignon only creates vintage wines; it is an absolute commitment. Only the best grapes of the most exceptional years are used, making each vintage distinct. It is the perfect embodiment of the Power of Creation – an act of creation that elevates the mind and enlightens the world. The icon of the house, it showcases perfect equilibrium, revealing the harmony that is so characteristic of Dom Perignon. The wine is complete, rhythmic and tactile.

Dom Perignon Vintage 2009 is exotic: its tactile thickness, its roundness, and its utterly unique depth of flavor"

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The mid-range option:

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"Veuve Clicquot's Brut Yellow Label reflects the superb vineyards they own and the consistent nature of their House style. The predominance of Pinot Noir provides the structure that is so typically Clicquot, while a touch of Pinot Meunier rounds out the blend. Chardonnay adds the elegance and finesse essential in a perfectly balanced wine."

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The best bank for your buck!

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"A complex assemblage of primarily Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, Brut Prestige opens with gorgeous layered white blossom aromas, followed by creamy vanilla, citrus, stone fruit and melon. With elegant acidity and crisp structure, this medium-bodied sparkling wine displays an excellent mousse and a rich, lingering finish. Refreshing acidity and fruit character makes Brut Prestige an excellent food wine."

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The Best Rosé Wines for Beginners

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The pricey option:

This one is a little on the pricey-side, but it really is the best, and bonus points for a unique shaped bottle that you can turn into a handle holder later! Keep reading for cheaper alternatives!

"Beautiful, pale, petal-pink color, elegant with bright nuances. A beautiful aromatic expression with aromas of fresh fruit and spring flowers, refreshing acidity, with great minerality and a saline finish. This Miraval 2016 is a perfect interpretation of the vintage in Provence."

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The best bang for your buck!

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"This quaffable Rose leads with delicious notes of white peach, nectarine, red cherry, and candied strawberry while being balanced by more subtle cantaloupe and aromatic orange zest. The body is clean and refreshing with crisp acidity. Pairs well with oysters on the half shell with Rose' mignonette or salmon or tuna sashimi."

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Final step: buy wine and enjoy!

Et voilà! With the wines on this list you'll be drinking like a pro in no time!