10 Wines Under $20

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By Ray Isle Posted October 18, 2016

Need a thrillingly crisp white for your holiday cocktail party? A robust red for 
Thanksgiving dinner? These 10 affordable bottles offer a spectrum of great 
choices—buy them by the case and save yourself yet another trip to the store.


2015 Frescobaldi Massovivo Vermentino 
($18)

A floral, almondy white that comes from vineyards right on the Tuscan coast. Perfect as an aperitif.

2013 Raventos 
i Blanc L’Hereu ($19)

Equal in quality to Champagnes that cost twice as much, this Spanish sparkling wine is, year in and year 
out, an unbeatable bargain.

2015 Ravenswood Besieged Sonoma County Red Blend 
($16)

A boisterous 
blend of red varieties
 (Petite Sirah, Zinfandel) from some of Sonoma’s 
oldest vineyards.

2014 Bishop’s Peak Cabernet Sauvignon 
($20)

Paso Robles warm-climate richness, given focus and nuance by talented winemaker 
Eric Johnson.

2014 Grochau Cellars Commuter Cuvée Pinot Noir 
($18)

An unusually fragrant, elegant Pinot for the price 
that comes from 
a small Willamette Valley winery.

2015 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Village 
($13)

Duboeuf’s classic flower-label bottling gets a boost from 
Beaujolais’s amazing 2015 vintage.

2015 Château Bonnet Bordeaux Rosé 
($15)

Delicate and citrusy, this rosé from 
a region better known for its potent 
reds will taste 
great with almost any 
holiday dish.

2014 Buehler Russian River Valley Chardonnay
 ($18)

Russian River Chardonnays typically command higher prices—this one has all the complexity without the sticker shock.

2014 La Crema Monterey 
Pinot Gris 
($20)

Sonoma-based winemaker Elizabeth Grant Douglas brings out creamy lemon and pear notes in this white cousin to Pinot Noir.

2014 Domaine de la Bécassonne Côtes du 
Rhône White 
($17)

Châteauneuf-du-Pape superstar André Brunel makes this supple, full-bodied Rhône white. It’s quite possibly the perfect turkey wine.


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