Right about now your Christmas credit card bills are arriving. You need a glass of wine badly but can't bear to put another charge on the plastic.
Hey, I've got your back. Here's a list of OK wines for $10 or less.
These are everyday wines. Monday-through-Thursday night wines. Drink them with macaroni and cheese, meatloaf, mid-winter beef stew, chicken from the supermarket rotisserie.
2011 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais-Villages, Beaujolais (gamay): not Beaujolais Nouveau, but full-fledged Beaujolais, with more body and fruit, it's still a tender wine, with intense red raspberry flavors, best served chilled; $10.
Nonvintage New Age White by Valentin Bianchi, Mendoza, Argentina. (90 percent torrontes, 10 percent sauvignon blanc): sweet and fizzy with flavors of litchi and white grapefruit, this should be served cold, even over ice, as an aperitif or with spicy food: Thai, Tex-Mex and such; $10.
Nonvintage New Age Rosé by Valentin Bianchi, Mendoza, Argentina (50 percent malbec, 50 percent merlot): slightly sweet, slightly fizzy, with strawberry flavors, this should be served chilled as an aperitif or with fruit salad; $10.
Nonvintage Camelot Chardonnay, California: hint of oak, flavors of sweet peaches, soft acids, good with seafood, chicken; $7.
Nonvintage Camelot Pinot Noir, California: aromas and flavors of red raspberries and citrus, light-bodied, soft, a good red-wine-with-fish wine; $7.
Nonvintage Camelot Merlot, California: hint of oak, flavors of black cherries and black pepper, soft and smooth, good with red-sauced pastas, pizza; $7.
Nonvintage Camelot Cabernet Sauvignon, California: black plum aromas and flavors, soft, good with burgers, meatloaf; $7.
2011 Pepi Sauvignon Blanc, California: light and crisp, with flavors of white grapefruit and lemons, good with light fish dishes; $10.
2011 Pepi Pinot Grigio, California: light and lively, soft, with green apple flavors; $10.
2011 Pepi Chenin Blanc-Viognier, California: soft and lightly sweet, with lively acids and aromas and flavors of ripe apricots and oranges, good as an aperitif or with spicy food; $10.
2011 Pepi Chardonnay, California: soft and a bit sweet, with aromas and flavors of golden delicious apples, try it with Thai green-curry chicken; $10.