As we head into the holiday season, it’s always good to have a few bottles of red wine on hand for festivities, whether they be Christmas parties or New Year’s Eve celebrations.
With red wines, it does get a bit more difficult to keep prices at or below the magical $15-per-bottle mark. This is because Washington state in particular doesn’t grow wine grapes at a production level that allows for really low prices, not like some areas of California’s Central Valley. While the San Joaquin Valley vineyards can reach 10 or more tons per acre for jug-quality wines, Washington’s Columbia Valley rarely sees much above 5 tons per acre.
While this means the prices are a bit higher than California’s bottom-shelf wines, it also means Washington’s lowest-price reds compete very well in price and quality with California’s premium red wine regions, including Paso Robles, Sonoma County and Napa Valley.
With that in mind, here are five Washington red wines price at $15 or less that will bring great enjoyment to your holidays without hitting your wallet too hard. All should be easy to find at grocery stores and other retailers.