In a year when US Although gasoline prices, grocery prices, housing costs, and interest rates rose dramatically, the price of a good bottle of wine still looked very attractive. If you only knew what to look for. In fact, when Wine Enthusiast editors combed through reviews from the past 12 months, it wasn’t difficult to find 100 wines with very positive ratings, all priced at $15 or less. Our Top 100 buys The report brings all this together and creates a concise international guide to wines of all varieties and styles that will help you beat inflation and have a good time while doing it. This list summarizes the best value bottles our reviewers identified in blind tastings, with everything from Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand to french rosé to Washington State Syrah. The number 1 wine among the 100 best purchases is a wine from Paso-Robles, California: Highlands 41 2020 Red Mix Black Granite. This full-bodied $15 wine received a rating of 91 from our reviewer. Matt Kettman, who wrote: “Aromas of blackberry, elderberry, roast beef and violet lead to a thick palate of cassis, more violet and pleasant hints of mocha.” That’s a big flavor bomb for the money. American selections topped the list, reflecting the overall popularity of domestic wine as well as the determination of many producers to keep prices affordable. California, Washington, Oregon and NY contributed 39 wines in total. Italy represented 12 of the 100 places, France for nine, Argentina and Spain for seven each. We are also recognizing gems of value from regions as remote as Bulgaria, Hungary, Israel, South Africa and Sloveniareflecting how widespread quality winemaking has become – a boon for anyone looking to try something new.
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