After tasting, oh, a couple of thousand bottles of wine this year, these ten stood out as my favorites in the under-$20 zone—a list surprisingly dominated by white wines in 2015. Regardless, each offers incredible quality at a very fair price; any would be great at a holiday party, or as a hostess gift, or simply as something to sip while contemplating the approach of the New Year.
2013 Villa Wolf Pinot Gris ($12)
A lively burst of citrus fruit with a touch of trapped CO2 to give it a faint tingle, this German white from the Pfalz region was a great all-purpose white for a song.
2013 Evolucio Furmint ($13)
Furmint is the Hungarian grape that produces the great sweet wines of Tokaji. What’s little known in the U.S. is that it also makes impressive dry wines, like this rich but balanced bottling. Kudos to Boutique Wine Collection, the importer, for bringing it in.