Under $15 Bargain wines…are these really the best?

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Many magazines, retailers and websites offer “15/50/150 under $15”, “our best values of the year (under $15)” etc.

Why not under $10? Here is why:

Cost of bottle- $1

Cost of label-25¢

Cost of cork-25¢

Cost of cardboard case that wines are shipped in- 25¢

Cost of capsule (foil at top of bottle, if used)-5¢

Roughly $1.8o, without any wine in the bottle!

If you add in cost of transport and taxes, labor costs, markup and margin for the 3 tier system- an empty bottle of wine costs approximately $7.99.

$8- without grapes, machinery, storage, land, barrels, tanks…

So, if you can find a great wine for under $10- you have truly found a bargain.

The bargain list gets much larger (and more interesting) when you increase the budget to $15 so here are some of those recent lists…

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2013 Wine Spectator Top 100 under $20- the bargains.

2001_CVNE_GranReserveThis is the short list of wines, from the annual Wine Spectator Top 100 List, that are under $20.

Last years list contained 27 wines under $20, this years, only 16.

You know the drill…

Ranking/wine/price. Red wines are colored red. If I have tried the wine, and would recommend purchasing, it is TOLERANT TASTER APPROVED.

 #100- Badia a Coltibuono Toscana Cancelli- $10 TOLERANT TASTER APPROVED.

#69- Boutari Naoussa-$18

#68- Chateau Ste. Michelle Sauvignon Blanc Horse Heaven Hills Horse Heaven Vineyard- $15 TOLERANT TASTER APPROVED.

#56- Robert Eymael (Mönchhof) Riesling QbA Mosel- $17

#55- A to Z Wineworks Pinot Noir Oregon- $18 TOLERANT TASTER APPROVED.

#53-Domäne Wachau Riesling Federspiel Trocken Wachau Terrassen- $13

#52- Paringa Shiraz South Australia- $11

#51- Charles Smith Riesling Columbia Valley Kung Fu Girl Evergreen- $12 TOLERANT TASTER APPROVED.

#43- Godelia Godello Bierzo Selección- $14

#41-Red Heads Studio Shiraz McLaren Vale Barrel Monkeys

#39- Viña Herminia Rioja Excelsus- $18

#36- Bodega Norton Malbec Mendoza Reserva- $20 TOLERANT TASTER APPROVED.

#35- Château du Retout Haut-Médoc- $18

#34- Bodegas Valdemar Rioja Inspiración Selección- $20

#33- Ravines Riesling Finger Lakes Dry- $17 TOLERANT TASTER APPROVED.

#32- Bodegas Hidalgo Gitana Manzanilla Jerez La Gitana- $19

 

The #1 wine of the year (2004 Cune Rioja Imperial Gran Reserva) at $63  is no bargain. However I discovered the 2001 vintage (pictured above)- which is probably drinking better right now, for under $40! Score. TOLERANT TASTER APPROVED. 

Please let me know if you have tried any of these and give your opinion.