6 Affordable Wines for Autumn Entertaining

Keep everyone's glasses filled—and some money in your wallet.


2014 Vrac Rose 3L Box


Think all boxed wine is plonk? This delightful, medium-bodied Provencal rose proves otherwise. Stock up on it now and it'll be the star of your soirees all season long.

To buy: $29.99 for 3 liters, sipfinewine.com.

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Pierre-Olivier Bonhomme 2014 Vin de France "Le Telquel"


This blend of Gamay, Pinot Noir, and Côt from France's Loire Valley has a zippy, bright freshness that's sure to be a crowd pleaser—plus a low alcohol level (just 11%) that will ensure no one is overserved.

To buy: $14.99 for 750ml, chambersstwines.com.

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Mas Coutelou 2014 VdF Vin des Amis


Bursting with deep, dark berry flavors, this Grenache/Syrah blend is serious, earthy wine from one of Europe's most acclaimed natural winemakers—all at an entry-level price. Give it a shot with burgers or a celebratory rack of lamb.

To buy: $16.99 for 750ml, chambersstwines.com.

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Vina Zorzal 2013 Rioja Xanum Vinae


A smooth, graceful sustainably- and naturally-produced Spanish red that is more delicious than many bottles three times the price. One sip reveals hints of raspberry and rose—and should be enough to convince you you've found your new house wine.

To buy: $8.99 for 750ml, chambersstwines.com.

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Dibon Cava Brut Reserve NV


Who says bubbly has to break the bank? This cheap and charming sparkler from Spain is made with natural yeasts and sports a round, balanced creaminess that more rivals much pricier Champagnes.

To buy: $11.99 for 750ml, naturalwine.com.

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Le Petit Frog Picpoul de Pinet 3L Box


Though not well known, this dry, super-refreshing varietal from the Languedoc has an appealing minerality and notes of pepper and lemon zest that make it a perfect match for roast poultry. Best of all? At just $32 a box—the equivalent of 4 bottles—it's an unbeatable bang for the buck.

To buy: $32.99 for 3 liters, astorwines.com

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