We asked wine aficionados for their favorite under-$20 wine selections. Don’t call them cheap; call them well priced.
By John Bruno Turiano with Rebakah Marcarelli
A Fine Finnegan
Finnegan’s Lake Cabernet Sauvignon ($11.99)
Josyane Colwell, owner of catering company Le Moulin Ltd. in Irvington (15 Main St 914-591-4680; lemoulincatering.com) says that Finnegan’s Cabernet has “good body, good flavor, and is an overall high-quality wine.” You can purchase a bottle at Zachys Wine and Liquor (16 E Parkway, Scarsdale 866-922-4971; zachys.com).
Delas Côtes-du-Rhône 2009 ($12)
Alex Rubeo, owner of Pound Ridge Wine & Spirits, says that Delas Côtes-du-Rhône 2009 drinks “like a twenty-five dollar bottle.” You can buy a bottle at his wine shop (71 Westchester Ave, Pound Ridge 914-764-3424; poundridgewine.com).
Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi Nipozzano Riserva Chianti Rufina 2007 ($14.98)
Joe Czerwinski, senior editor and tasting director of Wine Enthusiast Magazine, loves this Chianti. “A modern Chianti from a great vintage, it combines New World opulence with Old World structure. It pairs with any meat dish, and it’s number one on The Enthusiast 100, Wine Enthusiast’s list of must-have wines of the year.” Pick up a bottle at Rye Brook Wine & Spirit Shop (259 S Ridge St 914-305-4082; ryebrookwines.com).
Wine For Any Dish
Pascal Jolivet Sancerre Sauvignon Blanc ($17.97)
“It’s got a combination of citrus and mineral flavors and good acidity that makes it a great match for any number of dishes,” says Ned Towle, director of the Westchester Wine School (914-478-5197; westchesterwineschool.com). Get a bottle at the Rye Brook Wine and Spirit Shop (259 S Ridge St, Rye Brook 914-305-4082; ryebrookwines.com).
Hermann J. Wiemer Riesling Dry 2010 from the Finger Lakes ($18)
“It’s a real crowd-pleaser,” says Stephen Paul Mancini, Co-owner of Restaurant North in Armonk (914-273-8686; restaurantnorth.com). “The Finger Lakes produces some of the best classic Riesling. It’s paired well with seafood and is also great to start with.” Purchase at Grapes The Wine Company (731 N Broadway, North White Plains 914-397-9463; grapesthewineco.com).