5 Great Wines Under $20
Esteemed wine critics and top chefs agree—quality wines don’t have to come at a premium. You can set the table with these five fantastic wines under $20…
Crisp and bright with tropical aromatic persuasions of passion fruit and ruby red grapefruit, Stoneleigh Sauvignon Blanc is a beautiful stand-alone aperitif and a flawless complement to hors d’oeurves of goats’ cheese or smoked salmon. From New Zealand’s renowned wine region, the versatility and vibrancy of Stoneleigh’s Sauvignon Blanc has made it Top Chef Mark McEwan’s go-to wine. Come mealtime, Stoneleigh makes an ideal companion for more delicate fare like roasted chicken, salads and a variety of fish dishes – from sushi to grilled snapper.
George Wyndham™ Bin 555 Shiraz™
Since George Wyndham cultivated Australia’s first commercial Shiraz vines in 1830, this dark, luscious varietal has become one of the most prolific grapes grown Down Under, achieving international notoriety for its fruit-forward intensity and integrated tannins. Dominated by aromas of purple plum and dark cherries with spicy, savoury undertones on the palate and subtle hints of vanilla from oak influence. You can enjoy with thick cut steaks, grilled sausages or hearty ragù.
When there’s a plump holiday roast on the menu, why not complement it with a full-bodied crowd-pleaser like Jacob’s Creek Reserve Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon? Rich and finely structured with expressive notes of blackberry, chocolate and a dash of spice, it’s as excellent with dinner as it is with a spread of mature cheeses before a meal or dark chocolate after.
A vibrant red from Rioja, Spain’s famous wine region, Campo Viejo Reserva exhibits a masterfully balanced palate of ripe red fruit, vanilla and coconut imparted from 18 months in American and French oak casks. An elegant wine that’s ready to drink now, and will develop an even more sophisticated bouquet after a few years. Pairs well with red meat and hard cheeses.
Cupcake Red Velvet
Whether toasting to festive gatherings or keeping it casual on cozy nights in, Cupcake Red Velvet is the perfect pour for various occasions. Three different varietals each contribute dimensions of flavour, aroma and structure to the final Red Velvet blend. Notes of bright red fruit and strawberry jam come courtesy of Zinfandel, while Merlot lends notes of chocolate and stewed blueberries along with characteristically silky tannins. Finally, Petite Sirah bestows the wine with structure and a deep garnet hue. An extremely versatile everyday indulgence that works well with almost anything, from cheese and charcuterie to roasted red meat, pasta and pizza.
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