Best Merlot: A Guide To Cheap Wine Under $20
The world of wine is full of choices. You could spend thousands at one of the many fine vineyards around the globe or you could choose from a wide range of inexpensive wines available in your local grocery store. Choosing between these two options can seem like a daunting task; however, there are some very good reasons why choosing from either option may not be worth it.
There are several factors that go into determining which wine is better than another. These include price, quality, availability and reputation. Prices vary greatly depending upon where you live and what kind of wine you’re looking for.
Quality is also a factor because while most wines will be good enough for any occasion, some will be superior to others. Availability varies according to region, but generally speaking it’s easier to get decent bottles of red wine in New York City than it is in the South Pacific! Finally, reputation is a big deal since it determines how well a wine will do when paired with food.
So what does all this mean?
Well, if you want to save money then you need to focus on finding the cheapest wines possible. If you’re looking for something special, though, then you’ll probably have to pay more than the average bottle of wine. So let’s take a look at some of the best cheap wines under $20!
1. Cono Sur Bicicleta Sauvignon Blanc
Bicileta is a great wine produced by the Cono Sur winery in Chile. It’s a perfect example of a refreshing, dry white wine that is going to be enjoyed by most people. It’s made with Sauvignon Blanc grapes so it has a slightly “tangy” taste along with some other fruits and grassy notes.
It’s a great wine for people who like to drink dry wines and it’s even better when you pair it with some nice, light seafood dishes. While it’s a bit more expensive than other Sauvignon Blancs out there, it’s definitely one of the best in this price range and we highly recommend that you pick up a few bottles while you still can!
2. Franzia Cabernet
If you’re looking for something a little more full-bodied then you definitely need to try a nice Franzia Cabernet. This bottle is made from 100% Californian wine and it has a very bold taste that is sure to please even the pickiest wine drinkers. It’s dark in color and has rich, almost velvety flavors that are quite delightful.
It’s perfectly balanced, not too sweet and not too dry. This is definitely one of the best cheap wines that you can pick up at your local grocery store.
3. Banrock Station $5 Red
Banrock Station is a brand that is exclusive to Australia; it’s made from a combination of both imported and domestic wines and it definitely delivers a wine that is worth every dollar. The $5 Red is made from a blend of 51% Shiraz, 29% Merlot and 20% Cabernet. This bottle has a very earthy taste and the flavor becomes deeper as you start to drink it.
We definitely recommend chilling this one before opening if you want to enjoy all of its complexities.
The Best Of Both Worlds
So there you have it, three great options when it comes to cheap wine under $20.
Sources & references used in this article:
Lemonade or merlot? Authentic multiculturalism and high culture by HM Best – Arts Education Policy Review, 2002 – Taylor & Francis
Best practices in teaching design: using online learning resources in MERLOT by J Sewell – CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing, 2006 – journals.lww.com
Study on best harvest time of Merlot grape from Manasi county in Xinjiang by Y MO, H TANG – Liquor Making, 2011 – en.cnki.com.cn