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Best red and white wines under $15

Wine enthusiasts look forward to the moment when it all comes together. With good friends around the table, we love pouring special bottles that highlight the occasion as much as the meal. Fortunately, we do not need to be wine experts with extensive cellars to have the pleasure. Our eighth annual wine tasting confirmed that there has never been a better time to freshen up wine routines with a vivid array of budget-friendly bottles.

Every October, we conduct a blind tasting of 50 wines called Plonkapalooza. While “plonk” is British slang for cheap wine, we use the term to describe value-priced bottles that accompany weeknight meals and Sunday suppers. We invite three distinguished sommeliers from area restaurants to select wines they would be happy to pour into your glass. Joining me this year were Brahm Callahan, wine director at Grill 23 & Bar in the Back Bay; Jason Kilgore, beverage manager-sommelier at Catalyst Restaurant in Kendall Square, Cambridge; and Kate Moore, head sommelier at Bistro du Midi in Back Bay near the Public Garden.

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