Vinepair writer Tim McKirdy has rounded up 20 terrific value wines from around the world that are sure to over-deliver on quality for the price point in his recent round up, “20 of the Best Dry Wines Under $20, by Country.” We are delighted that two VINTUS wines were selected for the story, the Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rouge 2015 and Errazuriz Max Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, and admit that we regularly bring these bottles out with us for dinners and for effortless entertaining. Of the Guigal, he notes “this is a great bottle to start exploring Rhone Valley reds. Hints of black pepper on the palate add a savory quality to an otherwise smooth, fruity blend.” He adds that the lively acidity in the Errazuriz Cab “keeps you coming back from more, and at $17 a bottle, you can afford to pop open another as soon as you finish the first.” Read the full list of wines and detailed tasting notes here
Cotes du Rhone
Given that this particular wine can be the introduction to the entire Rhône Valley for a drinker, as well as the position they occupy in the Rhône, it is not enough for the Guigals to make a good Côtes du Rhône. They are relentlessly driven to produce a distinctive and outstanding wine that drives interest in exploring the entirety of the Rhône.
Maximiano Errazuriz founded Errazuriz in 1870 in the foothills of Mount Aconcagua, the highest peak in the Andes Mountains and the Western Hemisphere. Recognizing that this valley, with its hot, dry summers and cool Pacific Ocean breezes, was ideal for growing grapes, he sent for the finest clones from France and with tenacity and perseverance transformed this barren land into a world-class vineyard. Today, the tradition of quality lives on with Don Maximiano’s descendant, Eduardo Chadwick.
Rhône Valley, France
The more you learn about the Guigal family, the more astounding becomes their story. Their wines are the benchmarks for every Rhone appellation, and over the last thirty years they have become arguably the most lauded producer in the world. Year after year the Guigal family produces wines of exceptional quality that in all classes offer exceptional value.
Aconcagua Valley, Chile
Errázuriz is recognized as perhaps the single top quality producer of Chilean wines, within recent years alone Eduardo Chadwick, President, named Decanter Man of the Year 2018, and the winery awarded Best Chilean Winery 2017 by Robert Parker's Wine Advocate.