Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines Under $20

Wines under $20 in Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines 2013

Ws100 The Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines for 2013 is out, online for now, and soon on the magazine stands. We scanned through the list of Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines for 2013 and as always, were surprised to find so many wines (16) on the list for less than $20. I filtered out all the wines that I could find that are available at local wine shops. Wine shoppers are naturally drawn to wine scores from publications and wine critics. I am sure that in wine shops now, you will see signage indicating when a wine is one of the Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines for this year. It sells; it works! I am always interested in tasting these wines to see if indeed they are as good as they are rated. I find that more often than not, they are rated accurately. However, I always find a few that make me wonder how or why they were selected. Judge for yourself!

  • (32) Bodegas Hidalgo Gitana Manzanilla Jerez La Gitana Non Vintage
    Spanish Table in Berkeley and online store – $17.99
  • (33) Ravines Riesling Finger Lakes Dry 2012
    KL Wines, Beltramos – $16.99
  • (35) Château du Retout Haut-Médoc 2010
    Total Wine in Sacramento – $19.99
  • (39) Viña Herminia Rioja Excelsus 2009
    Spanish Table – $19.99 arriving in mid December
  • (41) Redheads Studio Shiraz McLaren Vale Barrel Monkeys 2011 – $18.99
  • (51) Charles Smith Riesling Columbia Valley Kung Fu Girl Evergreen 2012
    KL Wines, Beltramos – $9.99
  • (52) Paringa Shiraz South Australia 2011
    Family Wines Direct Napa – $10.99
  • (55) A to Z Wineworks Pinot Noir Oregon 2011
    KL Wines, Artisan Wine Depot (Mountain View) – $14.99
  • (68) Chateau Ste. Michelle Sauvignon Blanc Horse Heaven Hills 2012 – $15.99

Also on the Wine Spectator Top 100 under $20 are these wines. At this time, they do not seem to be available in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. If you find these at your local wine shop or fine foods market, please let us know.

  • (34) Bodegas Valdemar Rioja Inspiración Selección 2010
  • (36) Bodega Norton Malbec Mendoza Reserva 2011
    The wine is sure to appear in fine wine shops and markets
  • (43) Godelia Godello Bierzo Selección 2010
  • (53) Domäne Wachau Riesling Federspiel Trocken Wachau Terrassen 2011
  • (56) Robert Eymael (Mönchhof) Riesling QbA Mosel 2011
  • (57) L’Ecole No. 41 Syrah Columbia Valley 2010
  • (62) Concha y Toro Syrah Buin Marqués de Casa Concha 2010
  • (69) Boutari Naoussa 2009
  • (100) Badia a Coltibuono Toscana Cancelli 2011

In December I will be posting Wine Values and Bargains Top ten white wines, rosé wines, and red wines. Watch for these from the beginning to mid-December.


  1. I think the Norton Reseva is at Costco.. L’Ecole 41 is at the SF Airport in their wine shop at a rather large markup. Would love to taste the Coltibuono.


    • I am trekking over to Costco and I will look for the Norton. If they don’t have it, I am expecting them to get this vintage in the store sooner or later. Me too on the Coltibono for $10 and perhaps less.

  2. I found the A to Z Pinot Noir at the Costco in Foster City for $14.99. That’s the same price at KL Wines. Costco has the Norton Malbec 2010 Reserva for $12.49. I expect when that vintage is sold out they will have plenty of the 2011 Reserva on hand. The 2011 Norton is 36 on the Wine Spectator list.

  3. K&L has the L’Ecole in stock now at $24.99 –
    Artisan Wine Depot in Mountain View has it at $22.99 –

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