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5 Unusually Good Washington Wines for Under $20

Slower restaurant wine sales mean that excellent, ridiculously well-priced wines are cropping up in retail.

By Sean P. Sullivan September 2, 2020

Wineries often use less expensive wines to get on restaurant by-the-glass listsIt gets the brand on people’s radar, and maybe a pricier release on the bottle list. These wines often get snapped up quickly. But with restaurant wine sales slowed by the pandemic, an abundance of outrageously well-priced wines have gone to retail. Here are five that offer unparalleled value. 

J. Bookwalter Notebook NV14 Columbia Valley $10

On the Noseblueberry, herb, and coffee. 
On the Palatethe same rich blend as on the nose.  
Why It's Special: I would love this red blend at $20. I adore it at $10.   

Cavatappi Pinot Grigio Columbia Valley 2019 $13 

On the Noseyellow apple and pear. 
On the Palatesleek and fruit-forward.   
Why It's Special: A perfect light, bright summer wine. 

Gård Freyja Lawrence Vineyards Columbia Valley 2019 $16 

On the Nosemelon, peach, citrus. 
On the Palatefull, rounded stone fruit flavors. 
Why It's Special: You don’t often see roussanne and viognier blends in Washington at this price. At this quality level? Never.  

Chateau Ste. Michelle Sauvignon Blanc Horse Heaven Vineyard Horse Heaven Hills $15 

On the Noselemon verbena, white grapefruit, and spice. 
On the Palatea creamy feel, with an acid zing 
Why It's Special: Everything you want from this variety—fruit, texture, and acidity.  

Involuntary Commitment Red Wine Columbia Valley 2018 $18 

On the Nosecoffee, cherry, and savory herb. 
On the Palatebalance, intensity, and sophistication. 
Why It's SpecialThis side project from Andrew Will Winery is consistently one of the best values in the state. The 2018 is the best yet. 

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