17. Andrew Rich Tabula Rasa Red 2010, $19
This dude makes some of the best wines in Washington, so it’s rare that his bottles dip below $30. It tastes as if blackberry jelly were pillow-talking to some lamb-on-the-grill smoke in a deep, Barry White voice. Truth. Snatch it up fast... wine nerds are already tweaking for this seductive stuff.
18. Inniskillin Riesling Ice Wine, $10 (50 ml)
Ice wine is made with grapes that are plucked while still frozen on the vine. Shit job, awesome hooch. Like Welch’s for grown-ups, it’s super sweet with grape, honey, and surf-wax notes both on the nose and the sip. Skip pairing it with something sugary and just drink your dessert.
19. Henry Fessy Fleurie Beaujolais Crus 2011, $17
It usually requires a big dent in the debit card to score a French bottle that truly typifies a region, style, and year. Not here. This classic and elegant Beaujolais has fig, raspberry, white toast, and bacon flavors all vibing in unison like they just smoked out together. It's so crazy good, you’ll swear the store mispriced it.
20. Chateau Poitevin 2009, $17
Like Justin Timberlake, this date-night Bordeaux blend is soft, high-pitched, funky in a good way, confident, and ladies drink it up. You don’t have to understand it, you just need to know it’s good and she loves it.