Delicious Red Wines Under $20 to Serve at Your Wedding
There's no doubt about it: Your wedding's open bar will take up a hefty chunk of your reception budget. Whether you choose to purchase an assortment of different bottles or want to go all out and hire a mixologist to craft custom sips, know that wedding-day alcohol is generally associated with a big price tag. That's why you might think it's necessary to splurge on every bottle you'll serve, but that's not always the case. This is especially true when it comes to red wine, since quality and affordability are not mutually exclusive.
While we're all for the occasional splurge, there are plenty of affordable reds out there that taste as delicious as their pricier counterparts. Here, you'll find a list of red wines that'll satisfy your guests and, even more importantly, your budget. These wines hail everywhere from Sonoma County, California, to Ampuis, France, and are sure to impress even the most esteemed sommelier of the bunch. The best part? Since the price is right, you'll be able to buy yourself case after case of these bottles, so you can celebrate future occasions with your wedding wine.
If you're not providing the vino for your reception, know that these bottles open just as well at pre-wedding events, like your engagement party, bridal shower, or rehearsal dinner. Even better, these go-to reds pair well with nearly any type of cuisine, so whether you're serving food truck treats at your welome party or an elaborate fish dinner at the reception, there's varietal here you're sure to love.
Meiomi's 2016 Pinot Noir tastes opens with notes that'll remind you of strawberry jam in the summertime. Uncork this if you're serving tomato-based pasta dishes, pizza, grilled lamb, or turkey.
Meiomi 2016 Pinot Noir, $19.99, winelibrary.com
In a random taste test, this was the reigning favorite with our editors. The perfect balance between sweet, spicy, and tarte, this wine pairs best with finely-aged cheese.
Campofiorin Rosso Del Veronese, $18, wine.com
A midsummer garden ceremony calls for this rhubarb- and rose petal-forward Pinot Noir.
Locations OR Pinot Noir, price dependent on region, locationswine.com
If you're planning a barbecue wedding—complete with burgers and chocolate desserts—reach for this plum- and spice-forward bottle.
The Seeker Red Blend, $14, wine.com
If you're a fan of sweeter wines (hey, Moscato lovers!), you'll love Tom Gore's 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon. This vino tastes like cherries, and while it's delicious all on its own, is even better when served with dinner.
Tom Gore 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, $13, winemadeeasy.com
This Monterey County, California, red blend is light and relatively neutral—think mildly fruity, with just a hint of spice.
McBride Sisters Collection 2015 Red Blend Central Coast, $17, mcbridesisters.com
Cala de' Poeti
One of Martha Stewart's favorites, this meal-ready wine is smooth and velvety.
2016 Cala de Poeti Sangiovese, $15, marthastewartwine.com
The most amazing thing about Guigal's 2013 Côtes du Rhône Rouge? The family selects just 1% of the wine they taste from those growers to craft this full-bodied bottle. The bar is that high.
E. Guigal Côtes du Rhône Rouge, $15, totalwine.com
A blend of 60% Corvina Veronese, 25% Rondinella, and 15% Molinara, Tommasi's 2015 Rafael Valpolicella is mellow, soft, and easy to drink—but packs just the right amount of kick.
Tommasi 2015 Rafael Valpolicella, $16, garyswine.com
Tart and dry wine lovers, this Mendocino County Pinot Noir is for you.
Bonterra 2016 Pinot Noir, $19, wine.com
Gabbiano Chianti Classico will practically transport you to a Tuscan estate.
Gabbiano Chianti Classico, $12, totalwine.com
This 2016 Pinot Noir is the most spice-forward of the bunch—and is likely already a favorite among your guests.
The Pinot Project 2016 Pinot Noir, $14, wine.com
This medium-bodied red is the best choice if you're throwing a casual wedding. Light and smooth, this is just as good for a special occassion as it is for every day.
Josh Cellars Legacy Red Blend, $14, totalwine.com
C'est La Vie
Not a fan of oaky or smoky reds? Put this Pinot Noir on your radar. This bottle goes down easy, and would be perfect for an after party—especially if you're serving pizza.
C’est La Vie Pinot Noir Syrah, $13,
In addition to having a complex, plum- and cherry-rich aroma and lingering finish, this Zinfandel also happens to be another one of Martha Stewart's picks.
2013 Sierra Trails Old Vine Zinfandel, $15, marthastewartwine.com
This light and fruity crowdpleaser will even impress guests who typically prefer white.
Louis Jadot Beaujolais-Villages 2016, $12, vivino.com
Serving up gourmet cuisine at a black-tie event? This figgy Malbec is your best bet, and will fool everyone into thinking it's $30 more a bottle than it actually costs.
Bodega Septima Malbec, $11, wine.com
Sweet and fresh, this Malbec has both floral (it opens with violet aromas!) and fruity notes.
Calcu Reserva Especial Malbec 2014, $13,
You and your guests don't have to be big red wine drinkers to enjoy this bottle. Balanced and approachable, this Cabernet Sauvignon is an easy introduction to the red family.
Bacchus Cabernet Sauvignon, $10, astorwines.com