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100 Top Values

Great wines for $20 or less By Keith Newton

Every year the world of wine gets bigger. Emerging regions, unfamiliar grapes and new wineries constantly appear on the scene, while established producers build on their past successes. Against this ever-changing backdrop, value can be a moving target. Are the regions you looked to last year still producing affordably priced wines, or has greater demand driven up costs? What are the up-and-coming regions and grapes that offer the highest quality for the price while delivering unexpected pleasures?

The wines in this year’s annual roundup of 100 top values each answer these questions in their own distinctive way. All of them are rated 88 points or higher, priced at $20 or less and made in large enough quantities to be widely available. Another 23 wines in the Top 100 Wines of 2017 also represent exceptional value, providing further evidence of the high quality that can be found at wallet-friendly prices.

The selection that follows covers six categories—Light Whites, Rich Whites, Elegant Reds, Big Reds, Rosé and Sparkling—and spans every corner of the wine world, from the major appellations of California, France, Italy and Spain to New Zealand’s Marlborough region, Portugal’s Douro Valley and New York’s Finger Lakes. Value-priced wines provide the perfect opportunity to explore new terrain and make new discoveries.