Who doesn’t love coming across a great find! If you are looking for some value wines to stock your cellar, look to this list for some great picks for $20 or less. Great for weeknight sipping, weekend porch pounding or easy entertaining!
Both the Brut and Rose versions of this Cava are super versatile sparklers, and the glittery labels make these a go-to for entertaining. Perfect for brunch, the Brut version is a great option for mixing into a mimosa, refreshing Aperol spritz or other sparkling cocktail. If you prefer your bubbles with a slight hint of sweetness, then your preference will be the Rose version. For about $10, you can’t go wrong with either version of this Spanish sparkler.
Hugues Beauvignac Picpoul
This is a light, dry white from the southwest of France with clean minerality and a green apple finish. The acidity of the wine almost makes the tongue tingle, which is not surprising since I heard somewhere that Picpoul can be translated to stinging of the lips. It’s a refreshing cocktail sipper or would be nice paired with oysters and other seafood. Retails for about $12 at Total Wine.
San Gregorio Single Vineyard Loma Gorda Old Vine Garnacha
A fruit forward Grenache from Spain, we paired this with BBQ ribs and it was a winning combination. Aromatic and full of flavor, this is both food friendly or could be fine on its own. It’s a bargain for the price, at about $11.
Clos de los Siete Malbec
This classic Argentinian Malbec features lots of juicy dark fruit and a spicy finish. It is medium bodied overall and nicely balanced. I have been drinking this for several years now and it has remained consistently good from vintage to vintage. Pair with red meat or even roasted pork. Available for about $20 at Total Wine.
Carpineto Chianti Classico
Hands down, this is my absolute favorite pizza wine. I found it’s best to open it up about an hour before you serve it. It drinks like a champ, with a blend of dark cherry and herbal notes. It would also go great with a pasta and marinara sauce. I found this one at Costco for about $20.
Novelty Hill Merlot
Born and bred in the Columbia Valley in Washington State, the Novelty Hill Merlot is bold, complex and full bodied. It has a lingering finish and could almost be mistaken for a Cab. This is by far one of my favorite Merlots and I love even more that it is budget friendly! I found this one at my local Costco for about $20.
Oh, and One More!
One other value wine worth picking up is the Chateau Los Boldos Carménère from Chile.