Wineries often use less expensive wines to get on restaurant by-the-glass lists. It 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 Nose: blueberry, herb, and coffee.
On the Palate: the 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 Nose: yellow apple and pear.
On the Palate: sleek and fruit-forward.
Why It's Special: A perfect light, bright summer wine.
Gård Freyja Lawrence Vineyards Columbia Valley 2019 $16
On the Nose: melon, peach, citrus.
On the Palate: full, 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 Nose: lemon verbena, white grapefruit, and spice.
On the Palate: a 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 Nose: coffee, cherry, and savory herb.
On the Palate: balance, intensity, and sophistication.
Why It's Special: This side project from Andrew Will Winery is consistently one of the best values in the state. The 2018 is the best yet.