Top 10 Under $20

These are my top 10 36 favorite wines priced at less than $20 a bottle. I will update this list as I taste and review throughout the year. Which explains why I have more than 10 favorites. No surprise, quality is strong.
Updated 16 August 2014.

All of these wines are wines I would enjoy drinking and sharing with family and friends. They are at attractive price points, also referred to as wines having “Good QPR” (Quality-Price Ratio). If you purchase any of these wines, I invite you to share your experience in the comment section of the related post or on my Facebook page.

Wines are listed alphabetically by winery name. Cheers!

A to Z Wineworks 
2012 Oregon Chardonnay $14.
Reviewed 01 July 2014.
At $14 this is a high QPR wine. So much value was delivered on day one and especially day two. Recommended wine for those who enjoy unoaked Chardonnay and crisp Sauvignon Blanc. Bring on the heat of summer and chill with this Oregon AtoZ 2012 Chardonnay. Recommended.

Badger Mountain
2012 NSA Organic Chardonnay $12.
Reviewed 18 November 2013.
A friendly, fruit forward, NSA, Organic Certified white wine. Ready to drink now. Soft cheese, salty crackers and sliced apple were a perfect match.

Barnard Griffin 
2010 Merlot Tulip Label $17.
Reviewed 19 June 2014
Surprising good match with dinner of grilled Tilapia with lemon juice, garlic, salt, rice wine vinegar, seasoning. On the side grilled potatoes with salt, pepper, olive oil and butter. This is a terrific knock around wine. Huge value at this price. A little grilled food and this wine delivered the punch. Bring creamy, rich, smoky foods to pair against the berry fruit. Well done. Recommended + Wine of the Week.

Bodegas Carrau, Uruguay
2013 Sauvignon Blanc "Sur Lie" $14.
Reviewed 7 March 2014.
Jasmin tea stood out on the finish. Still fresh with zesty grapefruit and soft pineapple, but enhanced by floral tea. It was just as good on day three. Terrific value at $14. Highly Recommended.

Bodegas Carrau, Uruguay
2010 Tannat De Reserva $14.
Reviewed 7 March 2014.
It was very focused. Not soft, not over the top, just a pure pleasure to drink. Fantastic value at $14 and a wonderful introduction to Tannat. Highly recommended.

Bodega Catena, Mendoza, Argentina
2011 Catena Malbec $16.
Reviewed on Wine Show Podcast 20 February 2014.
Linda and William tasted this wine live on the third Thursday Wine Muse World Tour wine show. You can listen to the show and learn how absolutely marvelous the 2011 Catena Malbec drank. Highly Recommended.

Bookwalter Winery
2010 Sub Plot No. 26 Red Wine $15.
Reviewed 7 December 2013.
Quite exceptional at opening. This should be a regular feature at the dinner table and at parties. Dang tasty on day two, too. Drink now if you can find it.

Charles Smith Wines
Charles Smith 2012 Boom Boom! Syrah $14.95.
Reviewed 28 November 2013.
This is a crowd pleasing wine for Syrah fans. It is also a good introduction for those unfamiliar with Washington Syrah. Go buy this one before it is all gone.

Chateau Ste Michelle
2012 Dry Riesling $6.
Reviewed 27 June 2014.
Pair with crab, oysters, sashimi, salad, mild cheese and dried fruit. A versatile wine perfect for picnics too. This is a big wine for the price and worthy of a Wine of the Week. It would be perfect for your 4th of July celebration. Recommended.

Chateau Ste. Michelle
Cold Creek Vineyard 2012 Riesling Columbia Valley $19.99 (paid $11.99 on sale).
Reviewed 17 July 2014
Beautiful with sliced ripe peaches and a salad with mustard dressing. Oh my! My new favorite Riesling. How have I not known about this wine? Go tell your friends. Highly Recommended + Outstanding Value! Wine of the Week.

Columbia Crest Grand Estates
2012 Unoaked Chardonnay $8.99.
Reviewed 30 October 2013.
This Chardonnay is eminently drinkable. At the price I paid it is the wine you will want on your dinner table.

Columbia Crest Grand Estates
2011 Merlot $6.97.
Reviewed: 18 November 2013.
For $7 this wine is an affordable introduction to Washington Merlot. While 2011 was a cool vintage for Washington, this wine is a pretty tasty effort.

Columbia Crest Two Vines
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $7.50.
Reviewed: 02 July 2014.
Most of the action was on the nose and finish. Watery mid-palate, but the finish kept it solid. Big bang for the price! Recommended + Terrific Value.

Dusted Valley
2010 Boomtown Syrah $13.98.
Reviewed 5 December 2013
Bam! It was drinking like a Washington Syrah - a mix of luscious dark violets mingled with asphalt, tarragon, spice, and tobacco, acid more present than tannin, the mid-palate filled out with a good medium finish. Pretty tasty and enjoyable.

Fox Run Vineyards
2013 Rose' of Pinot Noir $14.99.
Reviewed 13 May 2014
This wine made me think of bottled sunshine. Not direct, too hot, hurt your eyes sunshine, rather, filtered sunshine, with a light that compliments and soothes. Drink this wine with friends on a blue day and you'll enjoy a bit of sunshine from the Finger Lakes. Pair with delicate, lightly seasoned foods.

Goose Ridge Vineyards
2011 g3 Red Blend, $12.99.
Reviewed 9 December 2013.
An old world styled wine, restrained, almost elegant, built for food and intimate conversations. A wonderful choice for those who enjoy red wine with food. For you Pinot Noir drinkers...I think you will utterly enjoy this wine

Heinz Eifel 
2011 Spätlese, Mosel, Germany, $14.
Reviewed 18 July 2014 
Featured on our #winemuse podcast - listen to the show and four winemaker interviews.
A low alcohol, semi-sweet Riesling, perfect for summer meals. Day two it was a relaxed, delicious, refreshing wine. Pair with best friends, favorite kick-back music and good books. I also appreciate the label design. Bring a taste of Germany home. Recommended + Good Value.

Holman Ranch 
2012 Estate Grown Pinot Gris, $16.
You want this wine. I want more of this wine. Order the Holman Ranch 2012 Estate Grown Pinot Gris when you see it on the menu or buy it direct from the winery. Highly Recommended + Great Value.

Kiona Vineyards and Winery
2010 Lemberger Red Mountain, $11.80.
Reviewed 25 October 2013.
The Kiona Lemberger was very good at opening and a good companion to the dinner I prepared. If you have wine leftover, you will absolutely enjoy it the next day. Drink today and over the next 5 years.

Lauren Ashton Cellars
2013 Rose' $18.
Reviewed 16 June 2014.
The color of this wine brought to mind weddings and anniversaries - elegant, formal and classy. Vibrant on the palate yet with an austere technical quality. Pair with ceviche, raw oysters, crab salad and grilled lamb. Rocked it on day two as the wine unwound a little and showed a softer side. It was a wonderful sipping wine on the patio chair. Recommended.

2012 Cabernet Sauvignon $10.
Reviewed 4 March 2014.
Enjoyable at opening; smooth, lighter body than expected, lovely cherry, fluid. It was served slightly chilled and was perfect with steak dinner. A tasty wine, polished with no rough edges. Highly Recommended.

Los Vascos 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Rose' $13.99.
Reviewed 14 June 2014.
Enjoyed this wine with dinner of broiled salmon with garlic butter, French green beans with soy sauce, mirin, ginger, fresh lemon juice, sprinkled with toasted sesame seeds and steamed rice. What a wonderful dinner, a most enjoyable medley of flavors and textures. Very content. Recommended.

Los Vascos 2013 Chardonnay $9.99.
Reviewed 17 June 2014.
More aromatic than flavorful day one. Fresh. After 30 minutes balanced out with a more satisfying finish. Pair with oysters, crab, grilled prawns, fish and chips. My speed on day two and crowd pleasing style. Definitely recommended.

2013 Sauvignon Blanc $12.
Reviewed  27 February 2014.
A classic Sauvignon Blanc. Reminded me of a restrained Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc on day one. More my speed on day two and wonderful with the lamb. Start drinking this wine now and over the next couple of years.

Lupine Vineyards
2012 "Lyric" Pinot Gris, Chelan AVA $14.
Reviewed 26 March 2014.
Medium body, honey, ginger, chamomile, fresh, creamy, dry, with nectarine on the cheeks, sexy at first taste. Equally refreshing and enjoyable day two. An outdoor sipping wine, enjoy paired with fresh seafood. Highly Recommended + Great Value.

Maison Bleue
2011 Jaja Red wine $15.95.
Reviewed 9 October 2013.
A lighter bodied red wine, at the price I paid this is a no-brainer for dinner or a party. It made friendly with the beef stir-fry I cooked for dinner. Yes, a food wine, it whetted my appetite so I had to eat while reviewing.

McKinley Springs
2010 Bombing Range Red $16.
Reviewed 24 April 2014.
It was a most enjoyable red table wine with enough cheer to please many. It put me in a good mood. This wine kept my interest and stimulated my appetite, even after dinner. This wine has Quality + Value. Recommended.

Mercer Wine Estates 
2012 Chardonnay $17 (paid $12 on sale).
Reviewed 10 August 2014.
The gentle oak treatment combined with stainless fermentation added to the versatility of this wine. It is ready to start the party, was enjoyable with food and a good palate cleanser after dinner. Add to your everyday wine list. Recommended.

Purple Star
2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
Reviewed 01 November 2013.
An excellent choice for grilled steaks, I enjoyed this wonderful Washington Cabernet Sauvignon at home. The price was friendly too.

Purple Star
2013 Chardonnay $9.99.
Reviewed 13 June 2014.
Tremendous value in this Washington Chardonnay. No summer BBQ would be complete without a bottle of Purple Star Chardonnay. A balanced tasty white wine, refreshing and perfect for summer. I enjoyed this wine with grilled chicken, corn and potatoes. Recommended.

Quinta de la Rosa
2011 douROSA Red Wine Douro, Portugal $16.
We reviewed this wine on our Wine Muse podcast. Listen to the 17 April 2014 discussion on Portuguese red table wines and the douROSA. We were quite taken by this wine. Wine was introduced by Phillip Bergqvist of Quinta de la Rosa.

Skylight Cellars
Big Red Hiney Red Wine $10.95.
Reviewed 29 October 2013.
A fun, humorous label, the Big Red Hiney made for a good dinner wine. It is well suited to grilled, smoky food and sure to be enjoyed by guests. Break out a fistful or two of the Big Red Hiney and put a smile on everyone's face.

Stoney Lonesome
Zero Degrees Dry Riesling, Three Brothers Wineries and Estates, Finger Lakes, NY $14.
Reviewed 4 October 2013.
This is the kind of wine I think of when I think Finger Lakes Riesling; dry, minerality, crisp, refreshing. Later in the evening, this wine had a steely quality I also enjoyed. I believe 2012 is an excellent vintage.

Swedish Hill
2012 Dry Riesling Finger Lakes, NY $15.95.
Reviewed 5 October 2013.
This wine is almost aggressive, in a good way. It reached out and said "Here I am. Drink me and enjoy me!"

Terra Blanca
Arch Terrace Red Mountain 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon $18.99.
Reviewed on the Wine Muse Podcast 6 February 2014.
Linda and William tasted this wine live on the third Thursday Wine Muse World Tour wine show. You can listen to the show and learn how delicious the 2009 Arch Terrace Cabernet Sauvignon drank. This wine was introduced by winemaker Keith Pilgrim. Highly Recommended.'

Tiamo Organic Prosecco, Veneto, Italy $15.
Reviewed on the Wine Muse Podcast 15 May 2014.
Linda and William tasted this wine live on the third Thursday Wine Muse World Tour wine show. You can listen to the show and learn how delicious this Prosecco drank! This wine was introduced by Luca Botter of Tiamo Organic Prosecco – He was in Rome when we spoke with him. It is a Botter family wine, with Tiamo brand. Highly Recommended.

2011 Malbec, Walla Walla $15.
Reviewed 3 March 2014.
This was not a big or complex wine. It played friendly with my dinner of salad with blue cheese dressing and a fried steak. This Malbec was an excellent choice for dinner. Recommended.

*QPR is a designation for rating wine based on the ratio of its quality and its price. The higher the quality and lower the price, the better the ratio. Also referred to as “Best Bang for the Buck”.