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!

Ogier, Côtes du Ventoux, Rosé, 2016 - $13.95

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Light and simple, dry rosé. Aromas of wild strawberry, pink grapefruit, apple peel, cantaloupe and honeysuckle. A fun and youthful afternoon sipper! 

LCBO#: 134916

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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! 

LCBO#: 459032

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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. 

LCBO#: 582841

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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. 

VINTAGES#: 381251

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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

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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. 

VINTAGES#: 392548 








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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. 

LCBO#: 460170





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Juicy, fruity, dry rosé, with notes of prink grapefruit, and red berries.

I paired it with bbq chicken nachos and was not disappointed. 

VINTAGES#: 53421

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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.  

VINTAGES#: 422469

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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.)

LCBO#: 359439









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.