Wine on a Dime

Ten tasty reception wines for under $12 a bottle

The hunt is on for tasty, affordable reception wines. Chuck Furuya, a Honolulu master sommelier for D.K. Restaurants (, suggests these bottles, all under $12.

 Sparkling Wines

Mionetto NV Prosecco del Veneto II ($9.95) With a floral aroma and apple-peach notes, this light Italian bubbly shines with brunch menus.

Marques de Monistrol Rosé Cava NV ($9.99) This Spanish sparkler has a fruity flavor and pretty pink blush; it’s smashing with both vegetable and seafood hors d’oeuvres.

White Wines

2007 Tilia Chardonnay ($7.99) This crisp Argentinean beauty with tropical citrus and floral notes pairs well with popular seafood picks like crab cakes and salmon.

2006 Farnese Trebbiano D’Abruzzo ($9.99) Outdoor settings and Mediterranean-style seafood suit this dry, crisp Italian white.

2007 Marquis Philips Roogle Riesling ($8.99) Brimming with exotic fruit nuances like lychee and lime, this fragrant, drinkable western Australian showstopper is magic with soft cheeses and spiced-up fish.

2007 Casa Silva Sauvignon Blanc ($10.99) This elegant Chilean wine from the renowned Colchagua Valley goes well with creamy goat-cheese appetizers, as well as herbaceous green salads and both hot and cold seafood dishes.

 Red Wines

2005 Alamos Cabernet Sauvignon ($7.99) The flavors of this ripe Argentinean cabernet linger with every sip—it’s a steal at this price. Match it with rich meat dishes or hearty stews.

2006 Four Vines Zinfandel “Old Vine Cuvee” ($9.95) This velvety California red with hints of spice takes to grilled chicken and meat, red-sauced pasta, and savory flatbreads.

2006 Trumpeter Malbec ($9.99) Dark garnet in color and sensually spiced, this Argentinean red is rave-worthy when served with pork loin and classic beef and lamb entrees.

2006 Domaine “La Garrigue” Côtes du Rhône Cuvée Romaine ($11.99) This hearty, wildly rustic French red from the southern Rhone Valley is the perfect complement to lamb, skirt steak, or grilled vegetables.

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