Sunday, October 17, 2010

Best Wine Values -- Nine Amazing Deals ($20 or less)

These brilliant bottles are terrific deals!

2009 Budini Malbec ($12)

Argentinean malbec tends to be cheap, and undistinguished. This one is super-cheap, and lovely..

2008 Chateau Ste. Michelle Columbia Valley Chardonnay ($15)

It's a rarity to find a wine made in such quantity (500,000 cases) that has this much character.

2009 Tiefenbrunner Pinot Grigio ($14)

Pinot grigio is not a wine I care for, but this one is supposed to be more like a good pinot gris (which I do tend to like).

2009 Veramonte Sauvignon Blanc Reserva ($11)

Chile's coastal vineyards produce terrific bargain sauvignon blancs..

2009 Dry Creek Vineyard Clarksburg Dry Chenin Blanc ($12)

Chenin blanc is one of the world's most underrated white grapes.

2008 Castle Rock Sonoma County Pinot Noir ($14)

Decent pinot at these prices? Amazing!

2008 Bodegas Olivares Altos de la Hoya ($12)

Spain's Jumilla region produces powerful reds from the Monastrell grape. This one's a knockout.

2008 Borsao Tres Picos Garnacha ($17)

I’ve always liked this wine, and it’s a great value for the quality. Very food-friendly.

2008 A to Z Oregon Pinot Noir ($20)

A few more dollars than the Castle Rock, but 2008 was such a great vintage in Oregon, so it’s worth it.

Source: Adapted from Ray Isle (Food & Wine)

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