Whether you’re having guests over for a finger food party or you and your best friend are spending the night watching your favorite romcoms, the right bottle of wine makes even the most run-of-the-mill experiences a little bit more special. One of Tuck and I’s favorite pastimes is flipping through HBO, finding a movie and enjoying that time together on the couch (bonus points if it’s a Disney movie or Harry Potter). As we’re both homebodies, these movie nights led to us discovering some of our favorite inexpensive wines. Continue to check back to this post over the next few months as we continue to discover new favorite wines that will get added to this list!
This is hands down Tucker’s favorite white wine. He loves sweet wines, so much so that he once bought a case of 12 bottles of this beaut from Binny’s. Moscato, in general, is very sweet which makes it very easy to drink. If you enjoy eating table green grapes and that level of sweetness, I recommend this wine for you. One thing that I noticed about this wine is that I can feel the sweetness tingle in my mouth towards the back of my jaw. I don’t know if anyone else ever gets that sensation when they eat or drink something sweet, but on a sweetness scale of 1 to 10 I’d rate it a 9.5.
Unfortunately, for folks who live outside of Tennessee, this wine is unavailable and is on the more expensive side. Each bottle is $20, but I needed to showcase a locally made wine, if nothing else, to encourage you all to try some of your locally made wines and other foods. It is made at the Belle Meade Winery in Nashville and is Tuck’s other wine favorite. We discovered this wine when we first visited Nashville back in November 2016 and a wine tasting was included with our tour of the Belle Meade Plantation. This wine is made with local blackberries and has very tangy, delicious berry notes throughout the wine. The website says it’s a good wine to pair with ‘cheese, pork tenderloin and wild game.’ I say it’s just with pretty much everything. Since this wine is only available locally, Tuck bought three or four bottles before we left the plantation that day – y’all it’s good.
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As you’ll see by these next few picks, my wine tastes lean more on the sour side. This particular bottle of sparkling wine (prosecco) was one of the two bottles of wine I bought on my 21st birthday. This particular prosecco contains notes of white peach, honeydew and grapefruit (from the Cupcake website). I find this wine to be a little bit dry which emphasizes any sour notes, which I personally really enjoy. I think this is the perfect sort-of-sweet wine to complement any strawberry or other berry dessert. It’s also good by itself from a mug.
Now it’s my turn to showcase my favorite Barefoot wine. Riesling is my favorite type of wine at the moment. Riesling is a type of grape that grows in Germany and, according to Wikipedia, ‘is used to make dry, semi-sweet, sweet and sparkling wines.’ My favorite part about Rieslings, especially this one, is that the first sip is unusually sour and then mellows out to a sweeter, residual feeling in the mouth. I have no idea if that’s supposed to happen, but that’s the sensation I get and I freaking love it. I really love this wine with popcorn (remember, it’s movie night) or with a plateful of pasta.
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For reference, Pinot Grigio and Pinot Gris actually refer to the same type of wine (thanks Internet for that information). This particular brand of Pinot Grigio captures the lime and apple flavors that make for a refreshing wine. I think this would also be a really tasty picnic or barbecue wine because of how it would almost serve as a palette cleanser between bites of dip and fruit. If you are a big lover of citrus like myself, I recommend picking this bottle of wine up first, which is, of course, why I’m featuring it last on my list. Best for last, you know?
Thank you for letting me play the part of wine aficionado for this post – I had a riot of a time doing so. I’m always looking for recommendations so let me know your favorite wine down below in the comments! If you enjoyed this post, would you be interested in seeing how I pair my favorite wines? Let me know!
What is your favorite wine?