Stupendous wines at affordable prices, here is the list
By Donatella Cinelli Colombini
Those who believe that it is necessary to spend real fortunes to drink excellent wines, are wrong! Except for the real status symbols, the exclusive and legendary wines, which unite extraordinary quality to a series of symbolic values so that the price reach the sky … apart from those, for those who like to drink well, there are opportunities even among bottles that cost 10, 20 and 30 Dollars. And many of these are Italian.
Obviously it is not easy to find your way along the maze of thousands of brands but we get help from Wine Searcher, the British portal where the offer of 46,925 wine stores from all over the world merge. An unlimited archive from which you go and fish the bottles with the best rapport quality price for all pockets!
In the list of the best buys under 10$ the first is Pascal Toso Cabernet Sauvignon. You may say <<Gosh, And where can we get it? We can’t go to Argentina to get it, can we?>>. That is true,
but in second position there is a lovely Italian bottle, Feudi di San Gregorio Ros’Aura Rosato 2012 , with a rating of 91/100 from the main Wine Critics (Wine Advocate, Wine Spectator, Decanter and others) on sale for the public between 9 and 14$ so well under 10 euro. So is this not a good buy?
In the list of the best wines under 20$ shines a nice name from Montalcino, the splendid winery Argiano who is in first position with a Supertuscan with an intriguing name “Non Confunditur” Toscana IGT. The ratings given by the great experts are very high 93/100 but the price is really convenient, between 15 and 24$.
Obviously it is not a Brunello but the vineyards are close by those of the more famous Montalcino denomination and the quality confirmed by ratings which would be adored by the majority of the Brunellos. The list of wines under 20$ is dominated by Italian, or rather Tuscan bottles, five of them in the top 10 positions. Our nation confirms itself as champion in high quality wines accessible for all: Venica e Venica Pinot Grigio, Poggio al Sole and Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico, Frescobaldi Chianti Rufina, Poggio al Tesoro IGT.
Among the best bottles under 30$ there are 4 Australian labels, two Italians, 1 Spanish and 1 French. The ratings vary between 94 and 93/100.
The most impressive is the last list, regarding wines under 80$, headed by the Austrian Weingut Franz Hirtzberger Singerrieded Riesling Smaragd 2011 with a rating of 98/100. This rating is in every wine producer’s dreams all over the world. And let’s discover the price: between 65 and 121$ but it can also be found at 21,85$ in a German wine store Weinhandel Grubis Weine
by Bad Griesbach-Weng. It might just be worthwhile to get into the car and go get it!!