Now that Gut Check's World Goblet 2010 tourney is in the books -- France won, if you've been asleep in a cave for the past month and a half -- here's a handy shopping list of the wines we consider to be the best values we tasted, along with a link to the pertinent post and an encapsulation of their respective merits.
10) 2008 Bodegas Torres Manur Pindal Rueda, Spain ($8) A solid Spanish white at a solid price. Versatile enough to pair with a broad range of light summer eats.
9) 2007 Boarding Pass Shiraz South Australia ($11) Another paradigm buster that rises well above its cutesy label to provide a complex example of Australia's signature red-wine grape.
8) 2008 Castillo de Monséran Cariñena Garnacha Spain ($8) Cheap Spanish grenache that tastes like real wine instead of grape jelly. See what the fuss should be about.
7) 2008 Toad Hollow Francine's Selection Chardonnay Mendocino County ($12) A classy chardonnay that blows away your preconceptions of the grape from California -- beginning with the fact that it's made entirely without oak.
6) 2008 Domaine de la Salette Vin de Pays des Côtes de Gascogne ($10) A floral, food-friendly white. Brought home the World Goblet for France.
5) 2008 Pascual Toso Malbec Mendoza Argentina ($11) Here's all that's right about inexpensive malbec -- character, class and cost -- in one fine-red-wine package. 4) 2009 Aveleda Fonte Vinho Verde Portugal ($8) A perfect summer white, with a sparkle of carbonation.
3) 2009 Dashwood Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough ($10) Another topnotch New Zealand white.
2) 2009 Matua Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc ($11) A bargain-priced example of the grape the Kiwis do best.
1) 2008 Sherwood Estate Pinot Noir Marlborough ($12) A high-quality pinot noir for $12 -- that's hard to beat in New Zealand, or anyplace else.
See you in 2014!
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