Top 10 Under $20


Updated 03 December 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 Wild 4 Washington Wine Facebook page.

These are my top 10 37 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.

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.

Alexandria Nicole Cellars 
2013 Viognier CrawfordVineyard - Wine of the Week, $20
Reviewed 6 November 2014
What a lovely wine. The longer it was open the more it delivered, more, more, more. Eminently drinkable, I had to exercise restraint lest I empty the bottle in one sitting. I reveled in the nuanced layers as childhood memories were evoked like an incantation growing in strength. A heady wine indeed. Deep respect for the winemaker and grower. Strongly recommended + Wine of the Week.

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.

Barnard Griffin 
2013 Syrah Port, $17.
Reviewed 8 November 2014
Decidedly masculine, the sweetness did not overwhelm, it matched the savoriness of the pie and added depth with aromas and flavors of lilacs, dark chocolate, blueberry, blackberry, tar and tarragon. After a few days it was fuller in the mouth, viloets and green tea added to the profile.Wow.

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.

Brotherhood Winery 
NV Brut Sparkling Chardonnay, Hudson Valley, $12
Reviewed 11 September 2014
A thoroughly delightful sparkling Chardonnay from America's oldest winery. It pleased the tongue and stirred romantic feelings. Serve before, during or after meals. An amazing value at $12 and worthy of celebratory occasions or just because. Strongly Recommended.

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 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.

Fox Run Vineyards
Hedonia Port Traminette $11.99.
Reviewed 26 November 2014
Serve on the rocks with an orange slice. Marvelous. I  was advised by the winery to serve the Hedonia over ice, in a rocks glass, with a slice of orange. A wine cocktail if you will. Loved it. My first exposure to this fortified Traminette based Hedonia made by Fox Run Vineyards was during a Finger Lakes wine tasting last year, "Finger Lakes Sparkling, Dessert and Ice Wines", I was impressed.

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.

Gordon Estate 
2010 Merlot - ColumbiaValley Wine of the Week, $20
Reviewed 9 September 2014
Ready to go at opening, expansive after an hour. Lovely estate grown fruit made this a truly delicious locally produced Washington wine. Killer wine, especially since 2010 was a cool vintage. Well done Gordon Estate. Well done. Strongly Recommended.

Hacienda Araucano
2013 Hacienda Araucano Reserva Pinot Noir, $13.
Reviewed 20 November 2014
Friendly fun. Ready to drink at open. Serve gently chilled with food or drink next summer. Aromatic and flavorful wine, think Salmon, Duck and especially Turkey this time of year. Terrific value at this price and Recommended. Tempted to Strongly Recommend this wine based on the shear value and pleasure it delivered. Not a sophisticated Pinot Noir, but full of New World fruit flavors and spot on finish. Buy it and you decide.

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.

Hope Estate 
2010 Shiraz "The Ripper" Australia, $20.
Reviewed 11 November 2014
Bigger in the mouth, more fruit, tannin finer, nice gentle grip under the lower lip with coffee and cola into the finish. More my drinking speed at this point. Quite tasty. Recommended + Great Value.

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.

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 Estates Winery
2013 Sadie Louise Rose' Horse Heaven Hills $10.
Reviewed 3 December 2014
Especially good pairing at dinner with spicy Yakisoba noodles; the noodles, oil, umami quality and heat matched well with this wine. Recommended for spicy Asian dishes and would be fantastic with Thai fusion dishes. Bring on the heat baby. A flexible food wine suitable for an array of foods. Buy if you see it. 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
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.

Saint Clair Family Estate 
2012 Sauvignon Blanc - New Zealand, $20
Reviewed 16 October 2014
Day two: Aromatic with passion fruit and grapefruit. Grapefruit and brightness stood out, nice crisp finish of tart, zippy, white grapefruit. Big like. Drink alone or pair with fish tacos. Strongly Recommended.

Stottle Winery
Lucille 2012 Late Harvest Viognier, $20
Reviewed 23 September 2014
Not heavy, refreshing. Balanced sugar and acidity. As it warmed it seemed sweeter with fig. I think it would be a good palate cleanser for a multi-course dinner; best after heavy, fatty food. I would pair Lucille with Crème brûléee and an espresso. Strongly Recommended.

Syncline Cellars 
2013 Grüner Veltliner, $20
Reviewed 19 November 2014
Savory, creamy, dry, tart spike, lime, unripe melon, herbal, acid. Dry acid on tongue, teeth and gums. Buzz-ow! Intriguing wine. Paired well with green vegetables. Best with food. Strongly Recommended.

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.

Rose' Brut Vino Spumante Marca Oro - Italy, $15
Reviewed 12 September 2014
Came on Pretty and tasty, showy with a memorable serious finish. The way I like it. Searched online and found prices for this wine between $10 and $15. A true bargain in my opinion. As pretty as this wine looks, it is also one of the more serious affordable sparklers. Buy it when you see it. Pair with just about anything. Strongly 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”.