The summer cookout is a staple of the season and more often than not, takes center stage on long weekends. Now, nothing elevates a hearty meal like the right bottle of wine, so we figure, why not enhance the tradition with some great value wines? Here are some fine options, all available for $20 or less, for when you’re grilling:

Norton 2015 D.O.C Malbec

Grape(s):  Malbec

Region: Argentina

Price: 10-15

Tasting Notes:

A bouquet of blackberries, black cherries, floral earth, and anise rises up from a glass. A sip delivers flavors of dark cherry and bramble berry that unfolds into nuances of spice, earth, and licorice. Polished tannins and a dry finish endear this wine to a spicy grilled lamb dish.

Rating: 90

Max 2016 Carmenere Reserva

Grape(s): 85% Carmenere, 11%Syrah, & 4% Petit Verdot

Region: Chile

Price: 15-20

Tasting Notes:

Aromatics of blackberries, cherries, vanilla, and herbs greet the senses. With a sip, flavors of boysenberry, cherry, and cassis meld among undertones of dill, caramel, and espresso. Offering supple tannins with a nice balance of fruity and savory, it’s a wine to enjoy when serving your favorite gamy meat.

Rating: 90

Peter Lehmann 2015 “The Barossan”Shiraz

Grape(s): Shiraz

Region: Barossa Valley, Australia

Price: 15-20

Tasting Notes:

Notes of blackberries, plum, and cherries combine among highlights of butterscotch, spicy oak, and coffee on the nose. The palate opens with flavors of blackberry and plum and flows into expressions of mocha, toasty vanilla, and charred oak. Medium tannins frame the wine and underlying dark fruit carries the finish. Open with grilled gourmet sausages.

Rating: 90

Cline 2017 “Ancient Vines” Zinfandel

Grape(s): 97% Zinfandel & 3% Carignane

Region: Contra Costa, Ca

Price: 10-15

Tasting Notes:

Waves of raspberries, red cherries, clove, and coffee come up from a freshly swilled glass. On the palate, flavors of cherry, strawberry, and plum come together among allusions mocha and brown spice. Jammy fruit and plush tannins make this a wine to open with BBQ chicken.

Rating: 89