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Cheap Drunk: Great Wine Under $10

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A few months ago I came home from work to find one of my roommates sitting on the couch with a glass of wine in hand. From the time I first met this friend, one thing was very clear: he loved wine. In fact, he had a very special relationship with one brand in particular, Charles Shaw. Good ole' Two Buck Chuck was a loyal friend to my roommate all through college. Chuck had become such a crucial part of his life, his day wouldn't be complete if he didn't have a glass. Or a bottle.

So you can imagine my surprise when I came home one day in May, after all of us had graduated from college and begun "real jobs", to find said roommate drinking not Two Buck, but a bottle of more expensive wine. It was then that he announced to me that he and Chuck were through and that from now on he was only buying "higher-end wines". As in 7-10 dollars...

So in honor of my roommate, here's a list of great wines under $10, as compiled by The New York Times.

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Casa Cadaval Portugal Ribatejano , $8.99
Padre Pedro 2002
Smoke, earth, cherry and spice flavors in a well-structured Old World wine (Importer: HGC Imports, San Jose, Calif.).

Domaine de l’Ameillaud France , $9
Vin de Pays de Vaucluse 2005
Mild tannins with attractive, lingering flavors of berry, cassis and olive (David Bowler Wine, New York).

Viña Gormaz Spain Ribera del Duero , $9
Tempranillo 2005
Fresh and juicy with a lively spiciness (Classical Wines, Seattle).

Georges Duboeuf France , $9
Beaujolais-Villages 2006
Juicy, fruity and floral. Decent Beaujolais best served chilled (W. J. Deutsch & Sons, Harrison, N.Y.).

Altas Cumbres Argentina Mendoza , $9
Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
Lingering, jammy flavors of cherry and licorice (RV Distributors, Hoboken, N.J.).

Wyatt California Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 , $10
Big and almost over the top with dark fruit, oak and spice flavors.

J. Vidal-Fleury France , $10
Côtes-du-Ventoux 2005
Aroma of burnt rubber gives way to flavors of bitter cherry and spices (W. J. Deutsch & Sons, Harrison, N.Y.).

Domaine Monte de Luz , $7
Uruguay Tannat 2006
Rich and plummy with smoky, spicy cherry flavors (Baron Francois, New York).

Ravenswood California Vintner's Blend , $10
Merlot 2004
Fruit, floral and spice flavors; straightforward and pleasant.

Paringa , $9
South Australia Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
David Hickinbotham Individual Vineyard
Big and powerful with berry, oak and fruit flavors (Grateful Palate Imports, Oxnard, Calif.).