Once again, we continue our series focusing on high quality wines, with wide distribution, that can be found for $20 or less. So add them to your shopping list, scoff at those more expensive bottles, and enjoy quality, even on a budget. Happy drinking!

Daou 2018 Sauvignon Blanc

Grape(s): Sauvignon Blanc

Region: Paso Robles, Ca

Price: 15-20

Tasting Notes:

Grapefruit and melon aromas play among hints of minerals and fresh herbs on the nose. Fairly round on the palate, flavors of honeydew, white peach, and citrus are complimented by whispers of bell pepper and wet stone. Approachable, with a balanced acidity, open when serving shrimp tacos.

Rating: 90

Bogle 2015 “Phantom” Red Blend

Grape(s): 44% Petite Sirah, 44% Zinfandel, 10% Merlot, & 2% Cabernet Sauvignon

Region: California

Price: 15-20

Tasting Notes:

One is drawn in by aromas of blueberries, blackberries, and currants with notes of brown spice and cedar, and dark chocolate backing them up. The palate takes shape with flavors of ripe dark berry coming up front and flowing into nuances of clove, chocolate, and cedar. Big, fruity, and a little jammy, it’s an ideal wine for BBQ dishes.

Rating: 90

Domaine Cabirau 2016 Serge & Nicolas

Grape(s): 65% Grenache, 23% Carignan, & 14% Syrah

Region: Maury Sec, France

Price: 15-20

Tasting Notes:

A bouquet of black cherries, strawberries, spice, and sage rises up from a glass. The palate is rich, with flavors of blackberry, raspberry, and strawberry interweaving among undertones of clove, anise, and herbs. Not what one might expect from a French blend but it’s certainly a tasty bottle of wine.

Rating: 90

Giesen 2017 Sauvignon Blanc

Grape(s): Sauvignon Blanc

Region: Marlborough, New Zealand

Price: 10-15

Tasting Notes:

Cirtusy, minty, and tropical aromas rise up from a freshly swilled glass. The palate showcases grapefruit and pineapple backed up by notes of wild grass, minerals, and mint. A crisp acidity and clean finish make this a bottle to enjoy with your favorite grilled white fish.

Rating: 90