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W&S 2019 Value All-Stars

by W&S Editors
May 22, 2019

Drinking well doesn’t have to be expensive. Here’s proof, in the form of 46 brands you can count on for delicious wines at $20 or less. Some of them may be familiar, like Acrobat from Oregon and Fleur from California; others, like Lyrarakis from Greece or Murgo from Sicily, might be your next great find. We’ve listed three recommended wines from each producer, headed up by our favorite value in their range.

Friday Fish

The beautiful thing about fish is that it takes no time to cook. Store some of these crisp whites and cool reds in the fridge; then pick up some fillets on your way home from work and toss them on the grill or into a pan. You’ll have a lovely dinner and still plenty of time to pack for the weekend.

Les Costières de Pomerols
PICPOUL DE PINET & OYSTERS
•2017 Picpoul de Pinet Le Jade $10
•2016 Picpoul de Pinet Le Jade $10
•2016 Picpoul de Pinet H.B. $12
Imported from France by Kysela Père et Fils, Winchester, VA

Acrobat
OREGON PINOT GRIS & ROAST HALIBUT
•2017 Oregon Rosé of Pinot Noir $14
•2017 Oregon Pinot Gris $14
•2016 Oregon Chardonnay $15
King Estate Winery, Eugene, OR

Fox Run
FINGER LAKES CHARDONNAY & PAN ROASTED LAKE TROUT
•2016 Seneca Lake Reserve Kaiser Vineyard Chardonnay $17
•2016 Finger Lakes Doyle Family Chardonnay $13
•2017 Finger Lakes Dry Rosé $18
Fox Run Vineyards, Penn Yan, NY

Patrocinio
RIOJA BLANCO & GAMBAS AL AJILLO
•2016 Rioja Lágrimas de Maria Viura & Tempranillo Blanco $12
•2015 Rioja Crianza Zinio Tempranillo $16
•2016 Rioja El Cuarto $14
Imported from Spain by Best Wines of Miami, Doral, FL

Jim Barry
CLARE VALLEY RIESLING & SEAFOOD STEW
•2017 Clare Valley The Lodge Hill Riesling $20
•2017 Clare Valley Watervale Riesling $20
•2016 Clare Valley Lodge Hill Shiraz $20
Imported from Australia by Loosen Bros. USA, Oregon City, OR

Vineland Estates
NIAGARA RIESLING & FISH FRY
•2017 Niagara Peninsula Dry Riesling $14
•2017 Niagara Peninsula Semi-Dry Riesling $14
•2017 Niagara Peninsula Chardonnay $14
Imported from Canada by J & M Distributors, Buffalo, NY

Cantina Santadi
VERMENTINO DI SARDEGNA & FRITTO MISTO
•2017 Vermentino di Sardegna Villa Solais $15
•2016 Carignano del Sulcis Grotta Rossa $15
•2016 Carignano del Sulcis Tre Torri (Rosé) $15
Imported from Italy by Empson USA, Alexandria, VA

Lyrarakis
ASSYRTIKO & GRILLED CALAMARI
•2017 Crete Voila Assyrtiko $20
•2017 Crete Kedros Liatiko Rosé $20
•2016 Crete Kotsifali $16
Imported from Greece by USA Wine West, Sausalito, CA

Quinta da Aveleda
VINHO VERDE & GRILLED BLUEFISH
•2017 Vinho Verde Quinta da Aveleda $10
•2017 Vinho Verde Casal Garcia $8
•2017 Vinho Verde Alvarinho $12
Imported from Portugal by Aveleda, Pawtucket, RI

La Fortezza
SANNIO GRECO & SALTBAKED BRANZINO
•2017 Sannio Greco $20
•2017 Sannio Fiano $20
•2017 Falanghina del Sannio Taburno $20
Imported from Italy by Kysela Père et Fils, Winchester, VA

Murgo
ETNA ROSSO & SALT COD WITH WHITE BEANS
•2017 Etna Rosso $18
•2017 Etna Rosato $16
•2014 Italy Brut Metodo Classico $20
Imported from Italy by North Berkeley Imports, Berkeley, CA & Skurnik Wines & Spirits, NY

Saturday Steak

The primal scent of grilled meat tends to draw friends, whether you invited them for dinner or not. Keep a stash of wines from these brands for backyard parties, planned or impromptu.

Columbia Crest
COLUMBIA VALLEY CABERNET SAUVIGNON & RIBEYE STEAKS
•2016 Horse Heaven Hills H3 Cabernet Sauvignon $15
•2016 Columbia Valley Grand Estates Cabernet Sauvignon $12
•2015 Horse Heaven Hills H3 Les Chevaux $15
Chateau Ste. Michelle, Paterson, WA

Fleur
NORTH COAST PETITE SIRAH & BLUECHEESE BURGERS
•2014 North Coast Petite Sirah $19
•2016 North Coast Chardonnay $17
•2017 North Coast Pinot Noir Rosé $19
Carneros Wine Company, Napa, CA

Llano Estacado
TEXAS GSM & SLOWSMOKED BRISKET
•2017 Texas GSM Rhone Style $20
•2017 Texas Meritage Red Blend $12
•2017 Texas Merlot $12
Llano Estacado Winery, Lubbock, TX

Steele
LAKE COUNTY PETITE SIRAH & BABY BACK RIBS
•2016 Lake County Writer’s Block Petite Sirah $18
•2015 Lake County Writer’s Block Cabernet Sauvignon $18
•2016 Lake County Writer’s Block Zinfandel $18
Steele Wines, Kelseyville, CA

MWC
VICTORIA SHIRAZMOURVEDRE & SKIRT STEAK WITH CHIMICHURRI
•2016 Victoria Shiraz-Mourvedre $16
•2016 Victoria Pinot Noir $16
•2016 Victoria Cabernet Sauvignon $16
Imported from Australia by Hudson Wine Brokers, Los Angeles, CA

Small Gully Wines
ADELAIDE HILLS SHIRAZ & GRILLED DUCK BREAST
•2015 Adelaide Plains The Formula Robert’s Shiraz $18
•2016 South Australia Mr. Black’s Little Black Book Shiraz $16
•2014 Barossa Valley Mr. Black’s Concoction $20
Imported from Australia by Vine Street Imports, Mount Laurel, NJ

Gérard Bertrand
CÔTES DU ROUSSILLON VILLAGES & HANGER STEAK
•2016 Côtes du Roussillon Villages-Les Aspres Grand Terroir $20
•2017 Corbières Hedonism (Rosé) $19
•2016 Fitou Grenache/Carignan $19
Imported from France by USA
Wine West, Sausalito, CA

Georges Duboeuf
MOULINÀVENT & SLICED STEAK SALAD
•2017 Moulin-a-Vent $20
•2017 Chiroubles $20
•2018 Beaujolais Nouveau Rosé $14
Imported from France by Quintessential, Napa, CA

Ondarre
RIOJA RESERVA & MERGUEZ
•2014 Rioja Reserva $20
•2016 Rioja Graciano $18
•2015 Rioja Creator $18
Imported from Spain by Classic Wines, Stamford, CT

Pierre Rougon
BEAUMES DE VENISE ROUGE & GRILLED LAMB CHOPS
•2016 Beaumes de Venise (Rouge) $18
•2017 Ile de Beauté Domaine de
Listinconu Rosé $10
•2016 Côtes du Rhône Grenache-Syrah $13
Imported from France by Vinovia Wine Group, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

Scavino
DOLCETTO D’ALBA & DUCK SAUSAGES
•2017 Dolcetto d’Alba $17
•2017 Barbera d’Alba $20
•2017 Langhe Sorriso (Bianco) $18
Imported from Italy by Skurnik Wines & Spirits, NY

Tsantali
NAOUSSA & GRILLED LAMB KABOBS
•2017 Greece Kanenas Muscat of Alexandria-Chardonnay $19
•2014 Naoussa Reserve $17
•2015 Rapsani $13
Imported from Greece by Fantis Imports, Carlstadt, NJ

Sunday Brunch

Eggs, smoked fish, maple syrup, fruit salad: There’s a reason that Mimosas and Bloody Marys are the go-tos for brunch. But if you stick with fresh, fragrant whites and bright, light reds, there are plenty of refreshing wine choices as well.

Chateau Ste. Michelle
HORSE HEAVEN HILLS CHARDONNAY & HAM AND CHEESE BISCUITS
•2016 Horse Heaven Hills Canoe Ridge Estate Chardonnay $20
•2016 Columbia Valley Indian Wells Merlot $18
•2017 Columbia Valley Dry Riesling $9
Chateau Ste. Michelle, Woodinville, WA

Dr. Konstantin Frank
FINGER LAKES GEWURZTRAMINER & DIM SUM
•2017 Finger Lakes Gewurztraminer $17
•2017 Finger Lakes Pinot Gris $17
•2017 Finger Lakes Pinot Blanc $17
Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery, Hammondsport, NY

Lakewood Vineyards
FINGER LAKES RIESLING & PIKE QUENELLES
•2016 Finger Lakes 3Generations Riesling $20
•2017 Finger Lakes Riesling $14
•2017 Finger Lakes Dry Riesling $14
Lakewood Vineyards, Watkins Glen, NY

Washington Hills
COLUMBIA VALLEY LATEHARVEST RIESLING & CROQUE MONSIEUR
•2017 Washington Late Harvest Riesling $10
•2016 Washington Chardonnay $10
•2016 Columbia Valley Medium Sweet Riesling $11
Washington Hills Winery, Walla Walla, WA

El Esteco
SALTA TORRONTES & EGGS FLORENTINE
•2018 Calchaquí Valley Don David Reserve Torrontés $17
•2016 Calchaquí Valley Don David Reserve Malbec $17
•2018 Calchaquí Valley Don David Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon $17
Imported from Argentina by Frederick Wildman and Sons, NY

Fowles
VICTORIA PINOT NOIR & BACON QUICHE
•2017 Victoria Farm to Table Chardonnay $16
•2017 Victoria Farm to Table Pinot Noir $17
•2017 Victoria Farm to Table Sauvignon Blanc $16
Imported from Australia by Fowles Wine USA, Calistoga, CA

Aphros
VINHO VERDE SPARKLING ROSÉ & CHOURIÇOSCRAMBLED EGGS
•2013 Vinho Verde Pan Sparkling Rosé $20
•2016 Vinho Verde Loureiro $16
•2015 Vinho Verde Daphne $19
Imported from Portugal by Skurnik Wines & Spirits, NY

Friedrich Wilhelm Gymnasium
MOSEL FEINHERB RIESLING & SMOKED TROUT
•2017 Mosel Feinherb Schiefer Riesling $17
•2017 Mosel QbA Feinherb Fritz Willi Riesling $17
•2017 Mosel Trocken Fritz Willi Riesling $17
Imported from Germany by Schmitt Söhne, Millersville, MD

Cantina Paltrinieri
LAMBRUSCO DI MODENA & TOAST WITH ’NDUJA
•2016 Lambrusco di Modena Radice $18
•2016 Lambrusco di Sorbara Sant’Agata $15
•2016 Lambrusco di Sorbara Piria $14
Imported from Italy by Domaine Select Wine & Spirits, NY

Tascante/Tasca d’Almerita
ETNA BIANCO & PASTA SALAD WITH POACHED SALMON
• Tascante 2017 Etna Biano Buonora $20
• Tascante 2016 Etna Rosso Ghiaia Rosso $20
• Tasca d’Almerita 2017 Sicilia Antisa Catarratto $20
Imported from Italy by Leonardo LoCascio Selections/The Winebow Group, NY

Zantho
BURGENLAND GRÜNER VELTLINER & ASPARAGUS FRITTATA
•2017 Burgenland Grüner Veltliner $12
•2016 Burgenland St. Laurent $12
•2016 Burgenland Zweigelt $12
Imported from Austria by Winemonger Imports, San Anselmo, CA

Meatless Mondays

Start the week simple, letting whatever you picked up at the farm stand over the weekend take center stage. Grassy whites and earthy reds are the way to go with vegetable-driven dishes.

Atwater Estate
FINGER LAKES BLAUFRANKISCH & BEET SALAD WITH BLUE CHEESE
•2015 Finger Lakes Moffett Block Blaufrankisch $19
•2016 Finger Lakes Pinot Gris $18
•2016 Finger Lakes North Block Six Cabernet Franc $18
Atwater Estate Vineyards, Burdett, NY

Castle Rock
MENDOCINO PINOT NOIR & GRILLED VEGETABLE SANDWICHES
•2016 Mendocino County Pinot Noir $13
•2017 Russian River Valley Reserve Pinot Noir $18
•2017 Mendocino County Rosé $13
Castle Rock Winery, Geyserville, CA

A.A. Badenhorst
SWARTLAND CHENIN BLANC & COUSCOUS
•2018 Swartland Secateurs Chenin Blanc $16
•2017 Swartland The Curator (White) $10
•2017 Swartland The Curator (Red) $10
Imported from South Africa by Broadbent Selections, San Francisco, CA

D’Arenberg
MCLAREN VALE SHIRAZ & BLACKBEAN BURGERS
•2015 McLaren Vale The Love Grass Shiraz $20
•2017 Adelaide The Stump Jump Sauvignon Blanc-Riesling-Marsanne Roussanne $13
•2017 Adelaide The Dry Dam Riesling $17
Imported from Australia by Old Bridge Cellars, Napa, CA

Concha y Toro
PEUMO CARMENÈRE & RATATOUILLE
•2017 Peumo Gran Reserva Serie Riberas Ribera del Cachapoal Carmenère $17
•2017 Colchagua Valley Gran Reserva Serie Riberas Ribera del Rapel Sauvignon Blanc $17
•2017 Central Valley Casillero del Diablo Carmenère $12
Imported from Chile by Fetzer Vineyards, Hopland, CA

Pisano
PROGRESO TANNAT & PASTA WITH WILD MUSHROOMS
•2017 Progreso Rio de los Pajaros Reserve Tannat $18
•2017 Progreso Rio de los Pajaros Reserve Red $16
•2018 Progreso Rio de los Pajaros Reserve Torrontés $15
Imported from Uruguay by Total Wine & More, Bethesda, MD

Cramele Recas
ROMANIA SAUVIGNON BLANC & RICESTUFFED VEGETABLES
•2017 Romania Dreamfish Sauvignon Blanc $7
•2017 Romania Dreamfish Cabernet Sauvignon $7
•2017 Romania Werewolf Chardonnay $9
Imported from Romania by Tri-Vin Imports, New Rochelle, NY

Michel Gassier
COSTIÈRES DE NIMES ROSÉ & PANZANELLA
•2015 Costières de Nîmes Château de Nages Vieilles Vignes $16
•2017 Costières de Nîmes Buti Nages Rosé $12
•2017 Costières de Nîmes Les Piliers Viognier $15
Imported from France by Saranty Imports, Stamford, CT

Kourtaki
NEMEA & GRILLED HALOUMI WITH TOMATOES
•2015 Nemea Kouros Agiorgitiko $13
•2016 Nemea Kouros Rhoditis $13
•2015 Crete (Mandilaria) $11
Imported from Greece by Nestor Imports, NY

Marchesi di Gresy
BARBERA D’ASTI & MUSHROOM RISOTTO
•2016 Barbera d’Asti $18
•2016 Dolcetto d’Alba Monte Aribaldo $18
•2017 Moscato d’Asti La Serra $16
Imported from Italy by Dalla Terra, Napa, CA

Anselmo Mendes
VINHO VERDE & CALDO VERDE
•2017 Vinho Verde Passaros Loureiro $15
•2017 Vinho Verde Contacto $20
•2017 Vinho Verde Vinhão $16
Imported from Portugal by Grape2Glass, Newark, NJ

Turasan
OKÜZGÖZÜ BOGAZKERE & EGGPLANT MOUSSAKA
•2013 Turkey Oküzgözü Bogazkere $18
•2016 Turkey Emir $18
•2014 Turkey Oküzgözü $18
Imported from Turkey by VinoRai, Seattle, WA

illustrations by Amrita Marino; top photo by Maurizio Di Iorio

This feature appears in the print edition of June 2019.
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