Sommeliers Have Spoken—These Are the Best Cheap Wines That Taste Expensive

Anyone who's ventured down the wine aisle at Whole Foods can attest that selecting the right bottle involves navigating dozens of seemingly similar options. It's a minefield of varietals, labels, and price tags, which is made all the more daunting when you scarcely know your reds from your whites or you're on a tight budget. Thankfully, and contrary to popular belief, a great-tasting bottle of wine doesn't necessarily need to be procured at an eye-watering price.

To learn a thing or two about stocking our bar cart on a budget, we asked sommeliers and wine directors to weigh in on the best cheap wines that taste expensive. Ahead, the pros recommend palate-pleading bottles ranging from a full-bodied jammy red that pairs well with stews to a sweet, dry Chenin blanc ideal for sipping when it's 72-and-sunny outside. If you have Champagne taste but you're on a sparkling wine budget, we recommend bookmarking this article stat—because each bottle costs just $15 or less.