7 Amazing Wine Bargains Under $20

The phrase “You get what you pay for,” often holds true but there are exceptions. Truth be told, it’s often more rewarding to find a great bargain bottle of wine versus a more expensive bottle largely due to the expectation that higher prices automatically equals higher quality. Because of this THEGRAPE would like to share these Grape Certified wine bargains that come in under $20.

 

Amazing Wine Bargains Under $20 - THEGRAPE

 

La Posta Angel Paulucci Vineyard Malbec 2010

Wine Rating: Grape Certified Gold

Starting at: $19 – WineWorksOnline, Wine.com, K&L Wines, Total Wine

Malbec is a rising star in the (new) world of varietals. With just the right amount of spice, these sweet grapes provide a change of pace from traditionally preferred varietals. Described as smooth & b old, expect hints of cherries, raspberries Asian spices and oak from this Argentinian wine. Enjoy with your favorite red meat, pasta dish or cheese plate.

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A to Z Pinot Noir 2011

Wine Rating: Grape Certified Gold

Starting at: $20 – Total wine, K&L Wine, Wine.com

Best described as smooth, this Oregon Pinot Noir is a favorite of professionals and customers alike; so much so, Wine spectator ranks it #55 on its Top 100 of 2013. It consistently scores 90+ from those who’ve tasted it and with good reason. With hints of cherry, strawberry and cocoa what’s not to like? A to Z Pinot Noir 2011 is an ideal 2 Bottle Theory candidate, as the winemaker suggests cellaring between 5-10 years.

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Scharffenberger Brut Excellence

Wine Rating: Grape Certified Gold

Starting at: $14 – Applejack Wine, Wine.com, Total Wine

Are you tired of toasting with mediocre tasting sparkling wine? This Anderson Valley (CA) brut uses traditional bottle fermenting methods to create long lasting bubbles that highlight the occasion. A combination of Pinot Noir (67%) & Chardonnay (33%) grapes deliver a near perfect balance of deep yet refreshing flavors. Hints of sweet red berries include plums and cherries, while tropical fruits provide a refreshing kick. Cellaring for a few extra months allows this brut to caramelize (color) from the cork.

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Tilia Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Wine Rating: Grape Certified Gold

Starting at: $11 – Total Wine, Wine.com

As blending varietals grows more & more popular it’s nice to know there are winemakers who still enjoy mastering the craft of making wine using only a single varietal. This 2011 selection from Tilia Vineyards is the epitome of this effort, using 100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. Expect to experience complex red fruits, just the right amount of spice, a touch of smoke and fine tannins that create a long lasting finish. Try cellaring up to 24 months, after which you’ll have the pleasure of enjoying it with your favorite (red) meats, cheeses and chocolate desserts.

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Caricature Red Blend 2010

Wine Rating: Grape Certified Gold

Starting at: $14 – Wine.com, Fine Wine House

Described as vivid and animated, this red blend (84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Zinfandel) is like that friend you invite to breath life into every party. Though this blend is on the sweeter side of delicious, allow it to breathe for 60+ minutes for a softer, more refined taste. You’ll enjoy the blackberries, plums and floral hints as much as you probably enjoyed the label.

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Charles Smith Kung Fu Girl Riesling 2012

Wine Rating: Grape Certified Gold

Starting at: $13 – Apple Jack Wines, Total Wine, Wine.com

“Stop what you’re doing and go buy a case, right now!” As the name and reviews suggest, this delicious white wine has kicked its way into the hearts and minds of wine lovers everywhere. Hints of white peach and mandarin oranges combine with lime and citrus blossoms to create a near perfect balance of sweet versus acidity. As a Wine Spectator Top 100 Wine 4 years in a row, this gem from the state of Washington pairs well with your favorite seafood or spicy Asian dish.

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Lincourt Steel Chardonnay 2011

Wine Rating: Grape Certified Silver

Starting at: $18 – Wine.com

If oak isn’t (necessarily) you’re thing or you like to switch it up every now and again, this stainless steel (fermented) chardonnay maybe exactly what your looking for. The balance of sweet and tangy will appeal to fans of pineapple, kiwi, mandarin and honeycomb. By all standards this white wine is a best buy. Enjoy a glass before dinner to wake up your palate and then have another glass with your favorite grilled white meat or fish.

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Thank you for taking the time to read this post. THEGRAPE will continue to look for new ways to provide you with exceptional everyday values. If you’ve had the pleasure of experiencing any of these amazing wines or other bargains under $20 we’d love to hear from you in the comments section. Have a Grape Weekend!

 

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