What’s better than sharing a good glass of wine with great friends over a delicious meal? It’s one of life’s simple pleasures.
We all have our favorites – red, white, sparkling – and we probably have a “go to” bottle. But what do we buy when we’re going to dinner, the host likes Chardonnay, and all we drink is Cabernet? How do we choose a wine we know is going to be a hit? Sometimes I get great advice at my local liquor store, but I’ve also taken advice and bought some real snoozers! And how about buying a great bottle of wine without breaking the bank? Now there’s a conundrum – and I don’t mean the wine;)
My goal last month was to find a top rated Sauvignon Blanc (my current favorite) that was inexpensive enough that I felt comfortable, monetarily speaking, buying a case. My target price point was $20 a bottle or less. I picked up a copy of Wine Spectator and got to work.
Below you’ll find a list of wines, that were highly rated, and came in at or below $20 a bottle. They were all included in the December 2017 issue of “Wine Spectator’s Top 100”. They’re listed below by rank (out of 100), brand, wine, total points scored and release price.
(Note: Some wines may have gone up in price slightly due to customer demand, but they’re still a great buy!)
Rank Wine Total Points Price
#17 Volver Alicante Tarima Hill Old Vines 2015 92 points $17
#28 Kendall-Jackson Chardonnay California Vinter’s Reserve 2015 91 points $17
#29 Viña Santa Ema Cabernet Sauvignon Maipo Valley Reserva 2015 91 points $15
#30 Hijos De Rainera Perez Marin Manzanilla Sanlúcar de Barrameda La Guita NV 91 points $15
#31 Forge Riesling Finger Lakes Classique 2015 92 points $19
#32 Sidebar Sauvignon Blanc High Valley 2015 91 points $20
#33 Jim Barry Riesling Clare Valley The Lodge Hill Dry 2016 91 points $20
#38 Luigi Einaudi Dogliani 2015 92 points $16
#40 Matua Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2016 90 points $12
#41 Bodega Garzón Tannat Uruguay Reserva 2015 90 points $17
#47 Bodegas Palacios Remondo Rioja La Vendimia 2015 90 points $17
#48 Penley Cabernet Sauvignon Coonawarra Pheonix 2015 90 points $20
#51 Bodegas y Viñedos Raúl Pérez Mencía Bierzo Ultreia St.-Jacques 2015 91 points $20
#52 Domaine De Mouron Cōtes du Rhône-Villages Séguret Tradition 2014 90 points $20
#54 Innocent Bystander Pinot Noir Yarra Valley 2016 90 points $20
#56 Domaines Dominique Piron Morgon La Chanaise 2015 91 points $20
#57 Mason Sauvignon Blanc Nappy Valley Yount Mill Vineyard 2016 90 points $19
#71 Donnachiara Aglianico Irpinia 2015 90 points $18
#72 Domaine Petroni Corse 2015 90 points $20
#73 Powell & Son Riverside Barossa 2015 93 points $20
#84 Simone Santini Vernaccia di San Gimignano Tenuta Le Calcinaie 2015 90 points $18
I hope you find a wine on this list from Wine Spectator and give it a try! I can vouch for both the Matua and the Mason Sauvignon Blanc. I’m dying to try the Innocent Bystander Pinot Noir – the name alone makes it a conversation starter. There are lots more great wines on the market for under $20 a bottle. As I discover ones I like I will add to this post.
I hope you will share what you discover by posting the name of the wine and the price in the comment section. Let’s share some great wine!