So, in search of a few solid wines that blend high quality with pleasing prices, we asked experts nationwide for their favorite wines under $25. Here are their picks:
Alex Basich, co-owner, Noble Grape, Chicago (802 North Bishop Street; 312/864-1204; )
Ramsay Pinot Noir, 2007: a light red from California ($18).
Parigot & Richard NV: a high-quality sparkler from Burgundy ($20).
Gilbert Picq Chablis, 2008: a dry French white, best with seafood ($23).
Jacques Franey, owner, Domaine Franey, East Hampton (459 Pantigo Road; 631/324-0906; )
Pierre Delize Blanc de Blancs Brut NV: a French white sparkler ($9).
Local Wine Company Snafu, 2005: a California red blend ($10).
Charles & Charles Syrah, 2008: a dry rosé ($12).
Chuck LeFevre, owner, Esquin Wine Merchants, Seattle (2700 4th Avenue Northeast; 206/682-7374; )
Lucien Albrecht Cremant d'Alsace Brut Rosé: a sparking red with hints of fresh berries ($18).
Owen Roe Syrah "Ex Umbris," 2007: a complex, smoky red from the Columbia Valley ($23).
Januik Cold Creek Chardonnay, 2006: a fruity Washington white with pear and citrus aromas ($24).
Randy Clement, co-owner, Silverlake Wines, Los Angeles(2395 Glendale Boulevard; 323/662-9024; )
Berger Gruner-Veltliner, 2008: a clean, minerally Austrian white ($13.50).
Barcino Cava NV Brut: a Spanish sparkling blend of three different grapes ($13.50).
Holus Bolus Syrah, from the Santa Ynez Valley: a full-bodied "quintessentially California-style" red ($25).
Clint Brookshire, owner, Vino 100, Dallas (2909 McKinney Avenue; 214/969-9463; )
Bisol Jeio Prosecco: an easy sparkling wine with flavors of melon and almonds ($20).
Hermanos Lurton Verdejo, 2007: a soft white, ideal for pairing with lighter foods ($21).
Taymente Cabernet Sauvignon, 2005: a smooth red with notes of berries and mocha ($22).