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Amazon sells wine? We found 10 top-shelf bottles for only $10

Scoring a six-pack of craft beer under $10 isn’t difficult. A decent bottle of wine? Nearly impossible.

While you likely won’t hit on a Napa Valley cab or an Italian Barolo wine in this price range, options are plentiful from other wine regions around the globe. You just have to know where to look. South American wines continue to deliver tremendous value as do a select few producers in California outside of the major regions, like Napa and Sonoma.

From a crisp sauvignon blanc from Chile to a red Bordeaux, here are 10 bottles worth ordering from Amazon. Consider stowing these in your basement (pro tip: basement temps typically make for ideal storage conditions) for your next cookout, girls’ night or family gathering.

2010 Chateau D’Armagnac, Bordeaux, France, $9.99, Amazon

It’s rare to score a red Bordeaux wine for under $30 in the U.S. In other words, stock up! Ruby red in the glass, this wine's weight doesn’t overpower and features fine tannins with incredible balance.

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2015 Lucky Frog Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina, $9.99, Amazon

Wine snobs will joke that you can’t trust a wine label with illustrations of animals, but this malbec is an exception, because most malbecs out of Mendoza are amazing. Ignore that frog and lay some meat on the grill (a typical Argentine dinner). The velvety profile — with notes of plums and spices — can stand up to thick sauces.

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2015 Silver Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, California, $9.99, Amazon

Don’t be fooled by the low price: San Francisco Wine Competition ranked this wine “best in class.” Because the grapes aren’t grown in Napa — instead, they hail from south of San Jose, where this family winery has flourished since the 1880s, long before Mondavi established his namesake winery in Napa (in 1966).

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2015 Aila Sauvignon Blanc, Leyda Valley, Chile, $9.99, Amazon

It pays to listen to the wine critics: James Suckling gave this wine 90 points. Compared to sauvignon blancs from California and even New Zealand, $10 is a bargain. Steely and crisp, this wine features notes of grapefruit, limes and passion fruit.

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2013 Santa Ema Reserve Merlot, Maipo Valley, Chile, $9.99, Amazon

Finding a $10 merlot in California or Oregon that you’d actually want to drink is a struggle. If you like soft reds and barely there tannins, this is your wine. Layers of caramel, chocolate and plums pair well with barbecue and cheese. Wine Spectator gave this merlot 90 points.

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Manual Costa & Filhos “Minhadega” Vinho Verde, Vinho Verde, Portugal, $9.99, Amazon

Ten bucks is on the high end for vinho verde — a light-bodied, delicate white wine from Portugal — which suggests this will be stellar. Albarino grapes are used to make this nonvintage wine, which goes nicely with shellfish or as an aperitif.

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2015 Sagelands Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, Washington, $9.99, Amazon

Washington’s wine region is finally getting long overdue acclaim. Wine Enthusiast dubbed this wine a “best buy.” Raspberry, dark chocolate, spice and cedar notes drive the full-bodied palate, which wraps into soft tannins.

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2015 La Playa Estate Series Carménère, Colchagua Valley, Chile, $10, Amazon

Carménère — Chile’s flagship grape — is perfect for sipping with grilled meats (it’s got a smoky accent). Part of La Playa’s estate series (this means grapes are grown on the property), this Carménère’s got ripe blueberries and round tannins.

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2010 Winzer Kremser Wachtberg Grüner Veltliner, Kremstal, Austria, $8.99, Amazon

Grüner Veltliner wines are a dime a dozen — and inexpensive. But they are rarely a bad buy. Made from Grüner Veltliner grapes, these fresh, mineral-rich white wines boast a finish that lingers. Wine Enthusiast gave this wine 90 points.

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2015 Montes Classic Series Merlot, Colchagua Valley, Chile, $9.99, Amazon

Chilean merlots are unchartered territory for most wine drinkers, but given the affordable prices, they shouldn’t be. For this merlot, a ruby-red hue in the glass leads to a toasty profile (thanks to French-oak aging) marked by ripe red fruits and a hint of tobacco on the finish.

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