Have you ever been in that situation where you want to drink something a little better than your everyday wine, but don’t feel like breaking out that big gun, high priced vino? So how do you find those solid mid level wines? The trick is when reaching for that $15-20 bottle of wine to select one that tastes like a $50 bottle and not like a $10 bottle… which many of them can!
With that in mind I have compiled a short list of 10 reds and 10 whites that fall into this category and are readily available. Meaning that at most retail wine shops you should find these for around $15-20 and if you see them on a wine list for around $30-40 then you have found yourself a great deal!
Rodney Strong 2008 Cabernet, AlexanderValley(Possibly my favorite of all!)
Bertani Secco-Bertani Valpolicella Ripasso 2008
Gloria Ferrer 2007 Pinot Noir, Carneros
Columbia Crest 2008 Horse Haven Hills Merlot (Can find this under $15!)
Poggio al Tesoro Mediterra 2008
Beringer 2007 Cabernet, KnightsValley
Terra D’Oro 2007 Zinfandel, Amador
Saint Cosme 2010 Côtes du Rhône
Catena Zapata 2008 Malbec, Mendoza
Torbreck 2009 “Woodcutter’s”Shiraz,BarossaValley
Freemark Abbey 2009 Chardonnay, NapaValley
St. Supery 2010 Sauvignon Blanc, NapaValley
King Estate 2010 Pinot Gris, WilliametteValley
Chateau St. Michelle 2009 Eroica Riesling, ColumbiaValley
Taittinger Domaine Carneros 2007 Brut Sparkling, Carneros
Louis Jadot Pouilly-Fuisse2009
Conundrum 2009 White Wine Blend, California
Millbrook 2010Tocai Friulano, Hudson Valley NY
Feudo di San Gregorio 2009 Falanghina, Southern Italy
Whitehaven 2010 Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough NZ
If I missed your favorite $15-20 bottle of wine feel free to leave a comment and let us all know what it is… Cheers!