Best Value

Some deals are just too good to pass up. Our Best Value category digests that rarest of breeds: Top-rated products at prices that are incredibly appealing. We include products across the board in this section.

Top Best Value Posts:

Top 10 Bourbons Under $20
Wines of Lula Cellars, 2018 Releases
Jim Beam Distiller’s Cut

Review: Wines of Pike Road, 2023 Releases

By Christopher Null | January 26, 2023 |

Oregon’s Pike Road Winery has more than 20 partner vineyards in the Willamette area, using those grapes to produce a huge range of bottlings from numerous AVAs in the region. We were fortunate to recently try three new releases. Let’s dig in. 2020 Pike Road Chardonnay Willamette Valley – A delightful chardonnay with all the…

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Review: Wines of Domaine Bousquet, Fall 2022 Releases

By Rob Theakston | December 23, 2022 |

Over the last few years, we have covered Domaine Bousquet’s brisk and expansive headway into the U.S. market, and this fall’s offerings look to build on the consistently enjoyable results we’ve had in the past. This time we have a look at their Reserve selections, selected from low-yield plots promising to offer more flavor and…

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Review: Malbecs of de Negoce, Fall 2022 Releases

By Rob Theakston | December 16, 2022 |

We receive comments on de Négoce at a steady clip (and feel free to keep them coming). While we aren’t here to play judge and jury over our readers’ uniformly dismal experiences — our original reviews were all based on media samples — I decided to take a spin myself and purchase a few bottles…

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Review: 2021 Ron Rubin Wines Pam’s Unoaked Cabernet Sauvignon and Unoaked Chardonnay

By Rob Theakston | December 15, 2022 |

  We hold the following truths to be self-evident: that Ron Rubin owns vineyards in Lodi and Clarksburg, that he likes to stay on his wife’s good side, and that neither of the wines reviewed here has spent any duration of time in an oak barrel. All very nice and important things pertaining to this…

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Review: 2019 Zenato Alanera Rosso Veronese

By Robert Lublin | December 7, 2022 |

This wine from the Valpolicella region of Verona, Italy benefits from the “appassimento” production method in which the grapes are dried before being pressed. In this case, 50% of the grapes harvested were partially dried for 45-60 days. The result is less water and more intense grape character in the tank. The grapes used are…

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Review: 2019 Borsao Tres Picos Garnacha

By Robert Lublin | November 27, 2022 |

The grapes for Borsao’s flagship wine are grown on the slopes of the Moncayo mountain in Campo de Borja, Spain. It pours medium ruby colored in the glass and exudes enticing notes of ripe blackberries and pepper on the nose. The palate follows suit and shows additional depth. Balanced with bright blackberries and gentle pepper…

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Review: 2020 Highlands 41 Pinot Noir and Black Granite Red

By Rob Theakston | November 22, 2022 |

If there is one thing I truly regret not doing sooner, it is aggregating marketing slogans from wine companies imploring me to pursue a different lifestyle than my current and satisfactory mode of operation. Throughout my wine-scribing adventures, I’ve been urged, via various means of stylish typography, to “Live Out Loud,” “Chase Life Meaningfully,” “Pursue…

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Review: 2020 La Posta Pizzella Malbec

By Rob Theakston | November 10, 2022 |

Laura Catena is busy enough racking up award after award for her family’s flagship Catena lines that one would think between co-authoring one of the best books on Malbec, running the day-to-day operations of the family business, running a medical clinic, and releasing new high-altitude variations on malbec that she would have enough on her…

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Review: Peirano 2021 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon and 2020 Malbec

By Rob Theakston | November 7, 2022 |

While Central Valley’s Lodi region may not carry the brand-name luxury clout of other parts of California, it has more than a generous number of winemakers releasing affordable, approachable wines of quality at a healthy pace.  Peirano is a fourth-generation family enterprise from the area, and we gave two of their most recent red releases…

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Review: NV Graham Beck Brut Rose

By Robert Lublin | October 30, 2022 |

We previously reviewed Graham Beck Brut sparkling wine, and today we are sampling their Brut Rosé. Both are made in the Méthode Cap Classique, which is the South African terminology for the traditional Champagne method of having secondary fermentation occur in the bottle. Both also use the same grapes, but in different proportion. For the…

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