WS & the Top Value Wines of 2021

Wine Spectator picks Top Ten Wine Values of 2021

The Wine Spectator Magazine is a leading influencer in the world of wine. The Wine Spectator ratings significantly impact what wine readers buy or do not buy when they shop their favorite wine stores. As a result, subscribers have anxiously awaited the announcement of the Top 100 Wines of the Year. Now we have Wine Spectator’s Top Ten Wine Values of the Year for the first time. 

“Great wine doesn’t have to be expensive. In celebration of those wines that overdeliver on quality for the price, we’ve selected our Top 10 Wine Values of 2021,” said Marvin R. Shanken, editor and publisher of Wine Spectator. “While making these selections, we kept in mind the diversity of the global wine scene, looking for wines with solid track records that are good representatives of their regions.”

The print magazine will be on the newsstand on January 25, 2022. The top ten, plus other Smart Buy wines, will be featured.

While the Wine Spectator wine ratings are prestigious, there are skeptics in the wine world who do not buy into the wine ratings by the W.S. or, for that matter, many other wine critics. Nevertheless, we think wine ratings are an excellent start to smart wine shopping. Use wine ratings and your own wine experience, along with advice from wine friends or a good wine shop proprietor.

I shopped the online wine shops and stopped in a few local markets to see if any of these wines are available in the San Francisco Bay Area. Here is what I found.

Number One Wine

W.S Top wines and places to purchase

  1. Allan Scott Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2021 is at KL Wines $13.99, Mollie Stone’s $16.99/$15.29*
  2. Castello Banfi Chianti Classico 2019 is at $14.99; check local BevMo stores
  3. J Vineyard Monterey-Sonoma-Santa Barbara Counties Pinot Noir 2018 is at KL Wines $18.95
  4. Bodega Numanthia Toro Termes 2017 is at The Wine Stop in Burlingame $16.90, and at Total Wine $19.99
  5. Seghesio Zinfandel Sonoma County Sonoma 2019 – is at Total Wine $18.47, and KL Wines $18.95; also at Costco
  6. Alois Lageder Pinot Grigio Vigneti delle Dolomiti Terra Alpina 2019 – not at any local shops, but Costco has the 2020 vintage for $10.99
  7. Dry Creek Fumé Blanc Sonoma County 2020 – at KL Wines $11.95, Total Wine $11.97, and The Wine Stop $12.99
  8. Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Chardonnay Napa Valley Karia 2019 – at KL Wines $29.95
  9. Frei Brothers Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley Sonoma Reserve 2018 – at Mollie Stone’s $24.99/$22.49*, also check local BevMo stores
  10. Cambria Chardonnay Santa Maria Valley Katherine’s Vineyard 2019 – at Total Wine $14.97, KL Wine $17.95, and The Wine Stop $17.90

* Price when you mix or match 6 wines

fume blanc
Fume Blanc produced by Dry Creek Vineyard – Number 7 Wine

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  1. KL Wines sent out an email alert on the Seghesio 2019 Zin. The reduced the price by a dollar. $17.95 beats all including Costco.

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