Friday seems like a good day for Top 10 lists. I’m an enormous fan of Top 10 lists of any sort. Top 10 ways to organize your closet. Top 10 Hollywood break-ups. Top 10 movies of all time. But, for me, Top 10 lists that include anything remotely related to eating, drinking, or cooking make my heart skip a beat. These lists are almost immediately bookmarked, scribbled down, ripped out, talked about, emailed to and forwarded on.
To hold true to form, I’m forwarding on a list of the Top 10 Wines under $20, with at least an 88-point score, from the April issue of Wine Spectator:
- Bodega Catena Zapata, Chardonnay Mendoza 2007, $9
- Wyndham Estate, Shiraz South Eastern Australia Bin 555 2005, $9
- Domaine Gayda, Syrah Vin de Pays d’Oc Three Winds 2006, $9
- Sterling, Chardonnay Central Coast Vitner’s Collection 2007, $10
- Château de Paraza, Minervois Cuvée Spéciale 2006, $10
- Louis Bernard, Côtes du Rhône 2007, $12
- Domaine des Champs, Fleuris Saumur White 2006, $14
- Rodney Strong, Sauvignon Blanc Sonoma County Charlotte’s Home 2007, $15
- Cambria, Viognier Santa Maria Valley Tepusquet Vineyard 2006, $16
- Chateau Ste Michelle, Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley Indian Wells 2006, $18
**Insider tip: the editors at Wine Spectator know we all want to try to get our hands on bottles as close to the elusive 100-points as possible. However, they also know that goal is out of reach for most of us. So they explain wines rated just under 90 points often offer the best bang for your buck – great flavors and complexity without breaking the bank.