The holidays may be the most wonderful time of the year, but they can also be the most expensive. Between gift-giving, attending parties, and holiday travel, you may be relegated to subsisting on 25-cent packages of instant ramen in the new year. Both your wallet and your sodium levels will thank you if you seek out bottles that are sure to impress for $20 or less.
While it’s possible to find steals of deals in some of the world’s top wine regions, bargain bottles abound in lesser-known areas and grape varieties. A big, rich Bordeaux will cost much more than an oaky Rioja, for instance, and a quality Chardonnay will likely be pricier than a similarly styled Garganega.
Whether it’s a gift for the boss, a host or hostess, or something to pair with a holiday meal, these eight bottles taste expensive but cost less than $20. Don’t worry — we won’t tell anyone your secret.
VALDO ‘ORO PURO’ PROSECCO DI VALDOBBIADENE SUPERIORE NV, VENETO, ITALY
There’s no shortage of budget-friendly Prosecco on wine shelves, but that doesn’t mean that it’s all good. This Oro Puro, which translates to “pure gold,” has not only drinkability but complexity, with tart lemon citrus flavors and lots of rocky minerality.