$30 Wines That Drink Like They’re $100
Ever had that bottle that tastes like a million bucks but doesn’t break the bank?
There is a trend amongst top wine producers to offer more affordable bottles of wine under similar labels, and it’s a trend that the world should be thrilled with. You don’t have to be wealthy to drink like you’re fancy! Because these bottles are made in the same vineyards, they’re produced with the same equipment, and similar strands of grapes but are usually bottled in higher capacities, allowing the producer to sell them at a lower cost.
The following list includes bottles of wine, red and white, that are all rated over 90 points from Wine Enthusiast and are no more than $32, which is a smokin’ deal. They’re all fabulous for a dinner party, a picnic in the park, or even just a night in with friends.
- This Foxen 2010 Chardonnay is decadent and delicious with so many incredible flavors like pineapple, pear, and tangerine, plus the added aromas of vanilla and honey, making it the perfect white for your next dinner party. Wine Enthusiast 96 points, $32
- This 2010 Sea Slopes Pinot Noir from the Fort Ross Vineyard is deep and mysterious with earthy flavors like cherries and mushrooms. The beautiful ruby color and delicate tastes go nicely with a steak dinner. Wine Enthusiast 95 points, $32
- Out of the West Coast comes this JLC 2004 Syrah with its herbs and earth tones, and it’s deliciously full flavors. Added bonus? The almost 15% alcohol concentration. Wine Enthusiast 95 points, $32
- With only 338 cases produced, the Rusack 2008 Chardonnay is a unique bottle. Its dry crispness and great structure go well with the smoky flavors of vanilla, grilled pineapple and even buttered toast. Try it for a nice summer picnic. Wine Enthusiast 96 Points, $32
- This elegant 2012 Pinot Noir comes from the 50 by 50 Winery out of Sonoma, California. It’s bright, delicately acidic and full of tart cherry, cinnamon and herbs de Provence flavors. Pair it with a delicious salmon. Wine Enthusiast 94 Points, $30
- A Wine Enthusiast Editor’s Choice, the Foley 2004 Rancho Santa Rosa Syrah is dark and robust. It’s exploding with white pepper, plum, root beer, and molasses, and has a rich, honeyed finish. Wine Enthusiast 95 Points, $30
- Check out the Abeja 2012 Viognier for a fabulous white wine with amazing citrus flavors like Meyer lemon, orange and tangerine. It’s juicy, acidic finish is perfect for every occasion. Wine Enthusiast 95 points, $30
- Need a dessert wine? Look no further than the Domaines Schlumberger 2009 Kessler Grand Cru Riesling for a dry, crisp acidity that balances well with the traditional sweetness of a Riesling. The good news is 2016 is the perfect year for this wine, so go get it now. Wine Enthusiast 95 Points, $30