As college girls, we eventually outgrow Svedka – well, some of us – and other such drinks that tastes like rubbing alcohol more than anything else. Sometimes we just want a little something classier, or a little lighter to help us unwind from the week or cheers with at dinner: a nice wine. But we don’t have to break the bank, read on for 7 great options for your next girl’s night.

Alice White Chardonnay (2006). $7. This wine goes great with white pasta or risotto dishes, and even some seafood. It has light fruity flavors.

Bodega Castano Monastrell (2008). $9. Typically recognized from their more expensive wine, this particular one from Castano is on the cheaper side but still boasts notes of spice and black cherry. From Spain, this wine goes great with ribs or steak.

MandraRossa Neo d’Avola (2008). $9. From Sicily, this wine goes great with pasta dishes with mushrooms, and grilled chicken or pork. As for the taste, expect lots of spice and black cherry flavoring.

Marques de Caceres Rioja (2006). $10. This white white from Spain uses viura grapes, and goes great with fish, risotto and even mac ‘n cheese! It has fruity notes, and boasts a unique banana flavor.

Cono Sur Pinot Noir (2009). $10. From Chile, this wine has subtle and early notes. Drink with salmon and pork dishes, and especially grilled meats.

Laurel Glen Reds (2007). $10.50. This variety of wine boasts dark plum notes, it comes from California, and it goes great with meats and even burgers.

For more information on these wines and other cheap alternatives, check out this list.

What do you think?

Are you familiar with any of the wines on this list? Which ones are your favorite? What is your go-to wine? Share with us in the comments section below.


  1. avatar John says:

    Not sure if I’m allowed to chime in, but if you’re looking to cut down on wine expenses but still want to actually enjoy the wine you should look at a Venturi. They’re aerators that instantly take the bite out of cheaper wine. If you’re a wine connoisseur it pays for itself in no time!

  2. avatar Michelle says:

    My go-to wine is Dr. Zen Zen Vino Noir. It’s a bit more expensive, around $14 in Canada. It’s a really delicious, sweet wine. You should definitely try it out!

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