The holiday season is over. The Visa bills are starting to arrive. Wine drinkers may be faced with the serious dilemma of having to compensate for overdoing it with holiday spending. I’m here to help.

There’s no need to fill with swill!

I do have priorities. I can find you a great bottle of wine and save you enough money to pay for your kid’s Lego Ninja action set with all the accessories.

Don’t forget, a new Ohio law (as of last Oct. 1) allows retailers to offer a 10 percent discount on six bottles of wine instead of a case of 12. Great for the consumer.

Here are a few of my picks that really express exceptional quality for the price.

• Atalaya Laya 2014 — This is a great food wine loaded with lots of dark berry fruit flavors. This blend of garnacha tintorera and monastrell has an amazing amount of complexity, especially at the $9.99 price point.

I’ve had three different vintages of this wine. All were luscious. On day two, it’s just as good. I have purchased this wine twice by the case for everyday drinking.

Laya is what I call a treasure.

Where to buy: DeVitis Italian Market, Market District Cuyahoga Falls, Kirbie’s Meats & Catering in Stow, West Point Market.

• 2013 Salice Salentino — Wines like this leave a huge smile on my face. It’s 100 percent negroamaro from the southern part of Italy near the heel of the boot. I’ve picked this off-the-beaten-path wine for you to discover, enjoy and fall in love with. Its great acidity helps it pair with the pastas and hearty winter dishes. The soft finish makes it a great sipper on its own.

A perfect wine for any day of the week. Enjoy it with friends, but peel off the $12.99 price sticker. They’ll think you paid much more.

Where to buy: West Point Market, Kirbie’s Meats & Catering in Stow, Market District Cuyahoga Falls.

• 2015 Marramiero DA MA — This is a very enjoyable bottle that boasts aromas of strawberry and earth with flavors of plum on the finish. It’s 100 percent montepulciano. A sample poured by the winery director Antonio Chiavaroli, during a visit to DeVitis Italian Market from the homeland, got me hooked.

It’s another gem that drinks much higher than the $14.99 price tag. Don’t tell my Italian friends, but I had it with a chicken burrito from Chipotle and it was quite yummy.

Where to buy: DeVitis Italian Market, Papa Joe’s, West Point Market.

• Or a white could be right. I didn’t forget about you white wine drinkers out there. Chateau St. Michelle Dry Riesling is always a favorite of mine. I get it occasionally at Russo’s, by the bottle, as it pairs well with the spicy cuisine. It’s also an easy sipper on its own, not too sweet. The price is always under $10 at the store.

A definite go-to wine for me.

Where to buy: It’s available pretty much anywhere. No exaggeration there.

Note: As we head into the new year, remember that I am always interested in hearing from readers. If you have any wine questions or tips, have a particular winery, great buy, or food and wine pairing to rave about, please let me know. You can reach me at philyourglass@gmail.com. Happy sipping in 2018!

Wine aficionado and Beacon Journal photographer Phil Masturzo occasionally writes about wine and winemakers for Pulse. Reach him at philyourglass@gmail.com, or 330-996-3880.