Editors' Favorite Value Wines

100 great wines under $15, selected by the Wine Enthusiast editors.




By Joe Czerwinski,
tasting director

Steve Heimoff,
West Coast editor

Daryna Tobey,
senior editor

Paul Gregutt,
contributing editor

Monica Larner,
Italian editor

Roger Voss,
European editor

 

Michael Schachner,
contributing editor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wine always seems to taste better when it costs far less than you expect for the quality, just as a bottle never tastes as good as it does while you're on vacation in your favorite wine-producing zone. To get back to the bottle-in-paradise nirvana, though, you need some traveling cash. These value-priced bottles will get you to Napa, Oz, Cape Town or beyond—both by saving you the money you'll need for your expedition, and giving you a taste of what's waiting for you when you finally touch down.

This year's edition of our editors' favorite values is sorted by variety, not by region, as it has been in the past. (The wines are still reviewed, of course, by their regional specialists.) The rules governing the editors' value picks, however, haven't changed: 12 wines for $120, with no single wine retailing for over $15. These wines have a quality-to-price ratio that would typically qualify them as Best Buys in our Buying Guide; as always, we've had to relax our requirements for certain bottlings (sparkling wines, Pinots and such) that can be more expensive.

To view the Wine Enthusiast Magazine's editors' choices for great wines under $15, please select from the following:

Red Wines under $15

White Wines under $15

Rosé Wines under $15

Sparkling Wines under $15

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