10 Top Wines Between $15 and $20

10 Top-Rated Wines Between $15 and $20
By Scott Barnard

If you drink wine regularly, and you’re on the quest for the perfect budget-friendly wine between $15 and $20, take a look at these top ten wines from around the world. Whether rich or light, fruity or spicy, read on to find your perfect bottle of vino.

Choosing a wine in this price range can be challenging for some, but for under $20, you can find a wine that is excellent for your meal, an event, a gift or just for staying at home and relaxing. Often, wines under $10 can run the gamut from “exceptional value” to “horrible mistake” and unless you have tried a particular bottle in that price range, it’s generally better to go with a wine above $15 to ensure you’re getting good quality grapes from well- kept land.

1. Chehalem INOX Chardonnay 2012

For a perfect summer Chardonnay, try Chehalem INOX Chardonnay 2012 from Oregon’s famous wine producing Willamette Valley. It’s a very light and crisp Chardonnay, yet offers a full bodied flavor at a great value.

2. Seghesio Zinfandel 2012

If a rich, bold red is what you’re looking for, try Seghesio Zinfandel from California’s Sonoma Valley. Full of flavor, this bottle goes great with bold, spicy and hearty meals. This bottle is one of the best values of the Sonoma County Zinfandel’s to be purchased. This wine is bold and structured enough to go with rich foods, but not too strong as to be overpowering.

3. Khroma Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

For something far from the norm, try the Khroma Cabernet Sauvignon, also a California wine. With overtones of ripe blueberries and vanilla and an oak finish, this isn’t a wine you’re likely to forget.

4. Gerard Bertrand Cote des Roses 2013

Summer meals aren’t complete without a great Rose. Gerard Bertrand Cote des Roses from France is a simple, fresh Rose that offers great balance and flavor to pair with your favorite light summer meal. It offers a very slight bit of sweetness and is excellent served very cold.

5. Canoe Ridge Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

For a deep and balanced Washington red, try Canoe Ridge Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. This is a very deep and dense flavored wine and has hints of fruit without being overly sweet. Washington’s Columbia Valley is known for producing excellent Cabernet Sauvignon and this particular bottle doesn’t disappoint.

6. Mount Nelson Sauvignon Blanc 2012

For a classic New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, try Mount Nelson Sauvignon Blanc. The flavor is very fresh and pure. It’s a very bright wine incorporating the taste of citrus and spice. For a dry and crisp white wine that is delicate yet flavorful, this is a perfect pick.

7. Castello di Querceto Chianti Classico Reserva 2009

No list would be complete without a big, bold Italian Chianti. Castello di Querceto Chianti Classico Reserva 2009 delivers just that. This is a very bold and full wine with flavors that are definitely earthy, but remains a very well structured wine.

8. Chook Shiraz Viognier 2012

For a smooth Shiraz, try Chook Shiraz Viognier, a Shiraz Syrah blend from Australia. This wine gets high marks for its breadth of flavors that finish nicely and with good length. It has notes of berries with hints of spice and pepper to give it a lively yet smooth flavor.

9. Domaines Schlumberger Princes Abbes Pinot Gris 2011

For something a little more full bodied than a Pinot Grigio, try a Pinot Gris from Alsace, France. Domaines Schlumberger Princes Abbes Pinot Gris is darker than a Pinot Grigio and has a stronger aroma and flavorful taste. Unlike its lighter cousin, this Pinot Gris is best described as a full bodied wine that tastes rich and creamy.

10. Pacific Rim Vin de Glaciere Organic Riesling 2012

To end on a sweet note, those who enjoy a nice dessert wine won’t want to miss Pacific Rim Vin de Glaciere Organic Riesling from Washington’s Columbia Valley. The wine has hints of honey, fruit and walnuts with an extra-long finish. This Riesling is best served cold and is one to savor. At just $15.99, this bottle offers exceptional value.

Be adventurous, try new things and keep notes when you find a bottle that you particularly enjoy. In time, you’ll be recommending great wines between $15 and $20 per bottle to your friends and family.

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