2016 Value Brands of the Year

Finding an affordable wine isn’t as big a challenge as you might think. Just ask our critics, who tasted upwards of 15,000 wines this year, recommending more than 1,000 priced eighteen dollars or less. When we considered all brands with two or more recommendations in that price range, the best performers stood out as our Value Brands of the Year.

We highlighted brands in our June issue that range the world, from the cool coast of Portugal to the sunny hills of southern France, from California to South Africa’s Cape. One specializes in sparkling wines; others major in big, rich reds. All have one thing in common: Their wines aren’t merely cheap; they’re real, and really delicious.

illustration by Eve Steccati


Portugal

by Josh Greene

France

by Tara Q. Thomas

Spain

by Patricio Tapia

New York State

by Patrick J. Comiskey

California

by Luke Sykora


Past Value Brands of the Year