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Top 100 Best Buys of 2020

Top 100 Best Buys of 2020
Photos and animation by Tom Arena and Eric DeFreitas Image by Tom Arena and Eric DeFreitas

Despite a world of constant uncertainty—a global pandemic, social unrest, increased tariffs and wildfires—the wine-drinking public nonetheless continues to make it a priority to have bottles on their tables. That said, while wine consumption is up, it’s clear that consumers are still watching what they spend per bottle.

Thankfully, Wine Enthusiast is here to help make sure your valued dollars go far. Each year, we assemble our Top 100 Best Buys list to help guide you to some of the highest-quality value wines on the market today. For 2020’s edition, we combed through more than 1,500 wines that earned our coveted Best Buy designation, wines that are $15 or less and fall within a specific price-to-score ratio.

While tariffs may have increased the prices on some bottlings from France, Germany and Spain, value can still be found in those regions. In fact, our number one wine is a Rioja red from an excellent vintage that’s widely available in stores for around $11.

This year’s list showcases selections from 16 countries and is rife with some of the world’s most popular grapes like Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc. It also highlights plenty of varieties that are ripe for your discovery, like Bonarda from Argentina, Lemberger from Washington and Grüner Veltliner from Austria, along with a whole host of delicious blends.

Red, white, sparkling, rosé and even dessert wines are all well represented, and with an average price just over $13, this list is the ultimate guide to value pours to enjoy now.

Click here for a downloadable PDF of our Top 100 Best Buys of 2020.


What Is Blind Tasting?

All tastings reported in the Buying Guide are performed blind. Typically, products are tasted in peer-group flights of from 5-8 samples. Reviewers may know general information about a flight to provide context—vintage, variety or appellation—but never the producer or retail price of any given selection. When possible, products considered flawed or uncustomary are retasted.

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About The Scores

*Products deemed unacceptable (receving a rating below 80 points) are not reviewed.

98-100

Classic
The Pinnacle of quality

94-97

Superb
A great achievement

90-93

Excellent
Highly recommended

87-89

Very Good
Often good value; well recommended

83-86

Good
Suitable for everyday consumption, often good value

80-82

Acceptable
Can be employed