I am looking for suggestions for red and white wines to serve at a party this week. Need something in the $10 or less range. I realize that is not a lot so I would like suggestions for the best in the bunch.
Everyone's wine taste is different. I happen to like Avalon for red and the Konrad Sav. blanc for while (both in the under $12 range, someone else might not like them.
Where do you live? I'd go to a good liquor store, check out what they have on sale, and then ask if they'll do a 20% discount on top of that if you buy a case. You should be able to get a $15 bottle for $10, so that will definitely help. I like Calvert-Woodley and Paul's (in Friendship Heights on Wisconsin) for excellent service from the wine experts.
In whites, I have several current favorites in your price range:
Bogle Sauvignon Blanc 2006 - $9 at Total Wine
Meridian Santa Barbera Chardonnay 2006 - $7 at Total Wine
Kendall-Jackson Sauvignon Blanc Vitner's Reserve 2006 - $9 at Total Wine
Folie a Duex Menage a Trois White 2006 (Blend) - $11 at Total Wine
Lindeman's Semilion-Chardonnay Bin 77 - 2006 - $7
Geyser Peak Sauvignon Blanc 2006 - $9 at Total Wine
Chateau St. Jean Fume Blanc Sonoma 2006 - $9.50 at Total Wine
Ravenswood Vintner's Blend Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 - $8 at Total Wine
Jacob's Creek Shiraz - South Eastern Reserve 2004 - $11 at Total Wine
Bogle California Petite Syrah 2005 - $9 at Total Wine
Rosenblum Cellars Vintner's Cuvee XXX NV (Zinfandel Blend) - $10 at Total Wine
Blackstone California Zinfandel 2005 - $10 at Total Wine
Alamos Malbec Mendoza 2006 - $7.50 at Total Wine
Columbia Crest Grand Estates Columbia Valley Merlot 2005 - $9 at Total Wine
You can't go wrong with any of these. I don't know if you're near a Total Wine store, but I find that their prices are usually very good.