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A Wine Lover's Guide to Budget Friendly Wines in YQG

Have you ever been intimidated by a wine list? It can be overwhelming to see so many wines and at varying price points. Which do you choose?

Ordering a fantastic wine at a wallet-friendly price point is possible, especially here in YQG. Windsor-Essex has many options for delicious wines that won't break the bank and I will be recommending two of my favourites for under $25! Go ahead and grab some cheese to pair with these two.

Firstly, it is August, so I had to include a refreshing, crisp, fruity (but not too sweet) Rosé to our list. I am recommending Lola Blush Sparkling Rosé by Pelee Island Winery. At only $14.95, this wine gives you all of the beautiful flavours without the guilt of spending too much. On a hot summer day, this sparkling rosé is guaranteed to be refreshing on a patio, with lunch or dinner. If you normally stay away from Rosés because of the sweetness, I am here to change your mind… Lola is semi-sweet, light and airy. This sparkling rosé has it all – great taste, gorgeous packaging, a happy price tag and an Ontario Wine awards Gold Medal. How can you say no to that?

Secondly, I had to add a red wine to this list. Cooper’s Hawk 2016 Cabernet Merlot Reserve pairs well with food or on its own as you wind down from the day. It is a medium-bodied wine that is extra dry and gives you the taste of luxury without the expensive price tag. This one's only $18.95. There are so many foods to enjoy this wine with (which makes it one of my favourites). Open a bottle of this wine at dinner or enjoy right onsite at Cooper’s Hawk Vineyards in Harrow where they just so happen to have a delicious restaurant.

These are just two of the many great wines here in YQG that you can enjoy without breaking the bank. If you have another favourite, share with us in the comments below!

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