500 Values

Marvin R. Shanken, Thomas Matthews
Issue: October 15, 2009

The economy may still be struggling, but the wine industry isn’t throwing in the towel. Even as consumers tighten their belts, and wine collectors empty their cellars, vintners continue to offer solid quality at reasonable prices. In this issue, you’ll find a list of 500 wines that deliver excellent quality for their price. We applied a sliding scale to the thousands of wines we’ve reviewed in blind tastings over the past six months, emerging with these top recommendations. The range is amazing: more than a dozen regions are represented, in wine styles ranging from light, crisp whites to hearty, ageable reds. Best of all, none costs more than $20.

For the full article, check out the new issue of Wine Spectator, on newsstands September 22, 2009.

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