Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines Include Many Good Cheap Vinos

Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines of 2017

The Matau is number 40 and is at the Safeway and World Market for around $10. See the note below regarding the thermographic label.

Good Cheap Vino wines in the Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines of 2017

The most prestigious wine magazine, the Wine Spectator, is out with its issue of the Top 1oo Wines of 2017. Each year the wine writers and reviewers pick the Top 100 wines. The 2017 picks are out and, not surprising, the list has several wines in the Good Cheap Vino category. Twenty-one wines are $20 and under, and several others are between $20 and $25. According to the Wine Spectator, four criteria are used to select the Top 100 Wines. They are quality, value, availability, and the X Factor. The X Factor is “most importantly, a compelling story behind the wine.” The Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines of 2017  is on the newsstands now.

I used the Pro Version of and another wine search site,, to find wines under $20 for purchase at fine wine shops in the greater San Francisco Bay Area.  These two wine apps are limited to wine shops and markets which have an online store listing all their wines. Stores like Safeway, Costco, Trader Joe’s, Cost Plus World Market, etc., do not list their wines online. The wines in these markets will not appear on the results of these wine searching apps. I regularly stop at these stores and scan the wine shelves for good wine bargains. I found three of these under-$20 wines on the Top 100 list in supermarket-type stores. Who says Supermarkets don’t carry good wines?

Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines of 2017

Surprise – Kendall Jackson Vintner’s Reserve is their lowest-priced Chardonnay

Wines under $20 and where to purchase them

  • Number 25 – Roederer Estate Brut Anderson Valley – Safeway, Cost Plus World Markt  $18.99
  • Number 28 – Kendall Jackson Vintner’s Reserve  2015 – Costco, Safeway, World Market $10, K&L Wines $12.99
  • Number 32 – Sidebar Sauvignon Blanc High Valley 2015 – This is a second label by David Ramey.   The Wine Club $15.99
  • Number 35 – Pazo de Senorans Albariño 2016 –* $19.99, Total Wines Mountain View $17.99
  • Number 40 – Matua Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2016** – Safeway $8.99 six-pack price, Total Wines Mountain View $9.99, Cost Plus World Market for $9.99
  • Number 41 – Bodega Garzon Reserva Tannat, Uruguay 2015 – $19.99
  • Number 45 – Kaiken Ultra Las Rocas Malbec 2015 – $18.99
  • Number 47 – Bodegas Palacios Herencia Remondo La Vendimia, Rioja 2015 $18.99
  • Number 57 – Mason Cellars Sauvignon Blanc 2016 – K&L Wines $14.99

* has a warehouse in Berkeley and according to the person I spoke with at, one can pick up their wine purchases without a shipping fee.

** The Matua S.B has a thermographic label. When the temperature hits 45 degrees, the Maori face tattoo darkens.  Very cool!

Note: Wine Number 17 is the Volver Alicante Tarima Hills Old Vine 2015. K&L Wines currently carries the 2014 for $12.99, so expect to see the 2015 in stores in the coming months. Costco also carries this wine on occasion, selling it under $10. We will keep an eye out for it.

Have you tried any of these wines? We would love to hear from you on how you like the wines. What do think about the Wine Spectator ratings? Some love them; others think they are out of touch with the average wine consumer, but”Best for Wine Snobs.”   The wineries and owners whose wines are ranked love the ratings. The Number One wine, a Duckhorn Merlot Three Palms Vineyard 2014 sold out quickly once the word was out. The cost, $98 a bottle!


  1. I recall seeing the Matua at Costco a couple of years ago for around $6.99. I just saw the Kim Crawford SB there today on instant rebate for $9.99. I also had the Kirkland SB last month, I believe the price was $6.99.

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