10 Under 20
I'm so grateful for the amount of support everyone has shown me, these last couple of months. The fact that anyone is reading this blog is a sweet surprise. What's even sweeter, I feel like it's accomplishing just what I intended it to: making wine more approachable to everyone, especially in a way that would engage my own demographic - us stubborn millennials, right? 🙄
All I wanted was to chat about wine with my friends, without any eye-rolling or Bachelor Mondays.
Because you've all been so responsive to this blog, I'm rewarding you with a much asked for piece: good wines under $20!
There are a lot of resources out there, like this, so this probably won't be a routine thing (unless I find something truly spectacular that I want to share). Furthermore, I do not really buy enough from the LCBO, to find these gems (thank you, wine friends, for supplying me!), nor will I be near any LCBOs, come May.
So without further ado, here are some good value wines that I've tried recently, for under $20!
Light and simple, dry rosé. Aromas of wild strawberry, pink grapefruit, apple peel, cantaloupe and honeysuckle. A fun and youthful afternoon sipper!
Dry, medium-bodied white, with refreshing acidity. Aromas of lemon, yellow apple, chamomile, some quince. A bit of a richer palate - candied lemon, stone fruit and honey.
Would pair really well with grilled seafood/chicken/veggie kebabs!
Really easy-drinking, medium bodied, off-dry red. Very plummy and cherry, some vanilla and toast from oak aging. Upon opening, had a surprising meaty/bacon fatty flavour (which I kinda liked, tbh), but disappeared with some time in the glass.
I can't imagine having this with anything other than sticky barbecued ribs.
Why this is under $20, I'll never know. Don't question it, just ride with it. Off-dry, with strong acidic backbone. Notes of lime and underripe peach, something that I'm calling saline and petrol. Juicy, delicious, beautiful. Bonus: organic and biodynamically farmed! *glug glug glug*
Try with coconut Thai curry or falafel.
Medium to full-bodied, dry red with lots of dark, fruity notes, baking spices and florality. Has nice acidity and smooth tannins.
Goes really well with bangers and mash! VINTAGES#: 657411
A refreshing, fun bubbly with more complexity than expected. Tastes of fresh stone fruit, almond and my Nana's freshly baked tea biscuits (nostalgic af).
Has good length and a nice, frothy texture.
A dry, rich, but not overdone, Cab Sauv. Fresh blackberry, blackcurrant, vanilla, spices with some herbaceous/green notes. Really good value for the price.
Would be nice with charred red meats, or greek meatballs and baked beans.
Juicy, fruity, dry rosé, with notes of prink grapefruit, and red berries.
I paired it with bbq chicken nachos and was not disappointed.
I definitely would not have expected this to be under $12. Dry, smooth red, with ripe, jammy (in a good way) red fruits, subtle spice and delicate, earthy violet.
Spiropoulous, Mantinia, 2016 - $16.15
Crisp and dry white, with notes of apple, peach and white flowers. Bonus: it's organic! (Also, 2 greek wines in one post?! Riveting stuff.)
What have I learnt from this whole experience? There are a lot of really bad wines out there (especially around the $12 range), and it makes me wonder if some products are actually made from grapes. That being said, there are also a lot of great bargains (not exclusively under the $20 limit). Many great wine writers in this province do routine wine picks. It's definitely worth looking into these reviews before you make a purchase -- even if it is only $12.