Nothing is better than a glass of expensive wine. While drinking the most expensive wine a restaurant or store has can be a thrilling experience, not everyone can indulge on expensive wines frequently. Fine wines can be had by finding affordable alternatives, however. Yes they do exist. Many wine makers make cheap wine with the intent to mimic expensive bottles. These are some of our top picks for budget-friendly wines that taste just as good as popular, expensive bottles. Find your favorite wine label below along with an affordable alternative to try!
Expensive Wine: Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Affordable Alternative: 94558 Napa Cabernet Sauvignon
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Like the Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, this bottle has notes of cassis and a slightly woody taste. Both are made from grapes grown in Napa Valley, ensuring quality and consistency.
Affordable Alternative: Goldstrike Cabernet Sauvignon
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Similar to its pricier counterpart, this Cabernet has notes of sweet cassis and smooth tannins, ensuring a bold finish. However, it is a little fruitier than the Silver Oak Cabernet—you’ll taste hints of blueberry throughout.
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- Black fruit notes
- Slightly different bodies
Expensive Wine: Cakebread Chardonnay
Affordable Alternative: Barrel Notes Reserve Chardonnay
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This Chardonnay is very similar to Cake bread. They both contain citrusy, fruity notes and are the perfect accompaniment to a seafood or poultry dish.
Affordable Alternative: Rolling Valley Napa Valley Chardonnay
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Like Cakebread Chardonnay, Rolling Valley Chardonnay brims with fresh aromas of citrus. It is not as oaky as Cakebread but makes for a great dry wine.
Affordable Alternative: Fine Form Chardonnay
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Boasting orchard-fruit flavors, light oak notes, and aged in wooden barrels, this bottle is an excellent dupe for Cakebread Chardonnay.
- Fresh, fruity flavors
- Different intensities of oak notes
Expensive Wine: The Prisoner – $30-$70
Affordable Alternative: Rushrose GSM – $24.99
The prisoner wine is a popular amongst many. Thankfully its popularity has allowed many to produce a similar tasting bottle. The Rushrose GSM provides a bold blend of reds and is 44% Grenache, 44% Syrah, and 12% Mourvedre. Just like The Prisoner wines, it offers a full body and smooth taste.
Affordable Alternative: Grande Fleur de Lyeth Reserve – $18.99
Similar to The Prisoner wines, this red blend offers a complex taste filled with notes of deep flavor like spice and cassis.
- Bold flavors
- Red wine blend
- Varying percentages of reds
Expensive Wine: Orin Swift Slander Pinot Noir – $49.99
Affordable Alternative: DeLoach Private Collection Pinot Noir – $29.99
The notes of ripe cherries and raspberries in this wine are strikingly similar to Orin Swift Slander Pinot Noir. Both wines pair well with gamey poultry, although the DeLoach Pinot Noir has more spice.
- Raspberry and cherry aromas
- Varying levels of spice notes
Expensive Wine: Château Canon Saint Émilion Grand Cru – $175+
Affordable Alternative: Château Rocher Gardat – $35.99
Hailing from Bordeaux , this is a red blend worth trying. Just like the Saint Émilion Grand Cru, this bottle possesses an air of elegance featuring oaky notes and tones of black fruit like plums—but at a fraction of the cost.
Affordable Alternative: L’Épiphanie de Saint- Émilion – $44.99
This red blend is pure Grand Cru quality and has rich notes of red berries with an aromatic floral finish. Although a bit less intense than the Saint Émilionn Grand Cru, it makes for a lovely glass of wine.
- Red and black fruit notes
- Grapes from different regions
Don’t Sacrifice Taste for Price
With these wine affordable alternatives, you’ll get all the flavor you want at a price you’ll love. The best part? You can find these budget-friendly wines at The Wine Cellar store locations or order online. Our staff is always happy to help you find new wines to try if you’re shopping in-store. If you prefer to shop online, we can ship to your door or select in-store pickup if you live near one of our locations!
From high-end bottles to affordable, popular wines, there’s a bottle for everyone at The Wine Cellar Group. Explore our variety of wines and uncork something new today!