The Wine Enthusiast magazine just released its Top 100 Wines under $15, and I found the list absolutely fascinating.
To its credit, the web page identifies those wines listed that are also sponsors, as in paid advertisers. So all is above board.
But can you trust the people behind the reviews?
Well, I happen to know several of them quite well. Two in particular are excellent tasters who cannot be compromised: Roger Voss and Jim Gordon.
The wines from Oregon and Washington State mentioned in this list are also chosen by another highly regarded critic.
Voss is the magazine’s expert reviewer of French wines from Bordeaux, Loire Valley, the Southwest as well as the best reviewer of wines from Portugal.
Gordon is the West Coast reviewer who can be trusted for his ratings of wines from Mendocino, Sonoma, and Napa.
Back to the Top 100
The #1 wine was made by Columbia Crest. No big surprise there.
Its Cabernet, Merlot and Chardonnay make most top values lists.
But the top ranked wine turned out to be the winery’s 2015 Grand Estate Syrah at $12 which is also one of my discoveries.
Sad. Now, everyone will know and it will disappear quickly.
Bargain hunters can check out the entire list at
To me, the following wines are the Other Awesome Deals under $15:
2014 Bogle “Essential Red,” Old Vine, Clarksburg (often sold under $10)
2016 Gnarly Head Zinfandel, Lodi
2016 San Pedro Reserve Sauvignon Blanc, Chile
2015 Mas des Bressades Cuvée Tradition Syrah-Grenache (Costières de Nîmes)
2016 Cline Cellars Viognier, North Coast
2015 Château le Payral, Bergerac Rouge
2016 Foris Dry Gewürztraminer Rogue Valley
2014 Hogue Red Columbia Valley
2015 Wines & Winemakers Lua Cheia em Vinhas Velhas Red Douro
2016 Dry Creek Vineyards, Dry Chenin Blanc (Clarksburg)
2016 Domaine des Carteresses, Tavel (a Rose)