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Throughout the years we’ve read about the breakdown of the cardinal items of a wardrobe in magazines like Glamour and Details, recently this brought up the conversation “what would be the equivalent in wine?” A wine cellar is like a clothing closet, there are essential pieces and there are the occasional splurge purchases, with that being said a closet or wine cellar has its limitations of budget and space but here at 2chefs1home we seek solutions. So what would be the rudimentary building blocks of the everyday middle American’s wine collection? Consumer wine trends reports that the average bottle of wine purchased is between $11-$15  ( €7-10, £ 6-9) so this is the price range where we would start the bulk of the collection. In addition there is a necessity for “user friendlies” pop-able at any time and perfect for single glass baths or later in the evening of a dinner party, these are bottles $10 and under. For those of you who find yourself at a wine tasting and cannot live without that perfect gift from mother nature, a 2009 Napa Valley reserve we do suggest a tier of the cellar dedicated for special occasion splurges.

This will be a Winesday mini-series starting with a split “case” of satisfying $10 or less white and red’s.

Most bottles we have chosen for you have a wine rating of 88 points or more from either Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast, or Robert Parker.

Our favorites of these are Toasted Head Chardonnay and Morse Code. They will likely be the easiest to find in addition to the Chateau Ste. Michelle but don’t let this scare you away from the other nine wine. Our advice would be to familiarize yourself with your local wine store, join the tastings and get to know the employees. They will be most helpful in tracking down wines for you and will be good at pointing you in the direction of other wines you may like. Also, don’t hesitate to let them know if you are searching for a good wine on a $10 budget. Any layman can select a good $30 dollar bottle wine but it takes a true oenophile to discover a great tasting wine at an affordable price.

Whites
$10 Dry Riesling 2012
http://www.ste-michelle.com/our-wines/2012-riesling
$9 Sauvignon Blanc 2012
http://www.snooth.com/wine/starborough-sauvignon-blanc-marlborough-2012-1/
$10 Sauvignon Blanc
2010 http://www.snooth.com/wine/le-jaja-de-jau-sauvignon-blanc-2010/
$8 Chenin Blanc 2010
http://www.wine.com/v6/Indaba-Chenin-Blanc-2010/wine/106584/detail.aspx
$9 Chardonnay 2011
http://www.wine.com/v6/De-Bortoli-DB-Chardonnay-2011/wine/118421/detail.aspx
$10 Chardonnay 2012
http://www.b-21.com/2012-Toasted-Head-Chardonnay/productinfo/CTOHCH12AE/?gclid=CObMpL-d_LwCFa07MgodgSUAVQ#.UxeImPRdViY
Reds
$8 Merlot 2009
http://www.wine-searcher.com/wine-75603-2009-lindeman-s-bin-40-merlot-south-eastern-australia
$10 Pinot Noir 2009
 http://www.wine-searcher.com/find/hardys+nottage+hill+pinot+noir+2009/2009
$9 Shiraz 2009
http://www.wine-searcher.com/find/2009+morse+code+shiraz/2009
$9 Chianti 2012
http://www.wine-searcher.com/find/+folonari+chianti/2012
$10 Sangiovese Blend 2011
http://www.wine-searcher.com/wine-35521-2011-badia-a-coltibuono-cancelli-toscana-igt-tuscany-italy
$10 Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
http://www.shoppersvineyard.com/store/pc/Domaine-Skouras-Aghiortiko-St-George-Red-Nemea-383p17288.htm?vfsku=06316&gpla=pla&gclid=CKTJ-u-f_LwCFewRMwodqRUAeA

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