Do you need to spend big bucks to get a great wine experience? I contend that in many cases, anything over $20 is mostly hype over limited production wines. The sweet spot is $15 but it is possible to get a really well-made wine for $10.
The trick is not to walk into a wine shop and pick wines off the end caps; nor is it to order blindly on line without any input. I put great faith in asking a retailer for his/her opinion on a wine. Most recently I held up 2 bottles and asked the retailer for his opinion as to which one was better as an aperitif. His suggestion was spot on.
I’ve compiled my own lists here in the past, however this year, I decided to follow my own advice and to add different perspectives, I asked 4 trusted wine colleagues: 3 retailers and a fellow wine instructor – for their suggestions. There is a caveat: these wines may not always be available in your area. But that’s a good starting point for a discussion with your local retailer: what wines do they suggest with similar characteristics in the same price range? Or you can ask if the retailers quoted here can ship the wines to you. NOTE: A printable version of our list is available below so you can take it with you.
So here they are: 20 wines great wines under $20 for 2016 – happy tasting, Happy New Year and may you drink many fine wines in your time!
Wine Lovers' Top 20 Wines Under $20 for 2016
Recommended by Bob Feinn of Mt. Carmel
- Domaine du Colombier Petit Chablis 2014 $14.99
- Michel de Fontenay Sancerre 2014 $17.99
- Smith & Hook Central Coast Cabernet 2013 $17.99
- La Maia Lina Chianti Classico Riserva 2008 $19.99
- Chateau La Cardonne Médoc 2009 $19.99
BONUS 5 PICKS from Vin, Wine Lovers Tours
- Sine Metu Frascati Superiore 2013 $9.99
- Bayten Buitenverwachting Sauvignon Blanc 2015 $15.99
- Selbach-Oster Piesporter Michelsberg Riesling kabinett 2014 $11
- Bogle Old Vines Zinfandel 2013 $11
- Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico ‘R.S.’ 2012 $15.99
So there you have it, our 20 Great Wines Under $20 for 2016. We hope you enjoy our recommendations and if you do, perhaps share it with your friends. Have you tried any of the above suggestions? Do you have any recommendations of your own? Let us know. We would love hear from you.
NOTE: A printable version (PDF) is available for download on the left.
Many thanks to Ben, William, Len and Bob for their time and suggestions in our 2016 list.