Let’s Drink to the 10 Best Red Wines Under 20 Dollars

When I was a senior in college I took a wine tasting course and it changed my life. No, really it did. Up until that point I was what my professor so lovingly called a “moscato princess” i.e. someone who only drinks sweet white wines that taste eerily similar to grape juice. It was in that course that I took my first sip of a red that I could actually stand, and the rest is history. However, as a working young adult who loves wine it’s hard to find a cheap red wine price that is just right. I simply don’t have the budget to go and buy a $60 bottle (and we all know most of it is gone within a night or two anyways). For all my fellow penny pinching vino fanatics out there, here is a list of the best red wines under 20 dollars.

1. Reata Three County Pinot Noir 2013 $16.99

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  • Central Coast, California
  • 14% abv
  • Black cherry and pomegranate notes with a medium to full bodied taste. Vanilla aroma with a deep ruby color. A delectable cheap red wine for any occasion.
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2. Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz 2015 $6.67

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  • South Africa
  • 12.5% abv
  • Fruity, semi sweet wine with hints of blackberries. This inexpensive red wine is great for pairing with sweet or savory foods. I recommend anything chocolate or if pairing with something savory, steak or beef wellington.
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3. Haras de Pirque Hussonet Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 $12.99

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  • Maipo Valley, Chile
  • 14% abv
  • Black currant character with blackberry and peppery notes. Great for pairing with grilled food making this cheap red wine is another perfect summer wine.
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4. Luigi Bosca Malbec 2013 $17.99

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  • Argentina, South America
  • 14% abv
  • A very earthy wine, this inexpensive red wine is complemented by bark and blackberry flavors. A great vino to pair with venison and red meats. I’m picturing this in autumn and winter with hearty meals and good company.
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5. Metz Road Pinot Noir 2012 $19.99

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  • Central Coast, California
  • 14% abv
  • Black cherry and raspberry flavors define this cheap red wine with notes of vanilla and butterscotch. Layered with exciting flavors.
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6. Errazuriz Max Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 $12.39

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  • Chile, South America
  • 14% abv
  • Bright ruby colored wine with red fruit and mint aromas, this cheap red has a velvety but firm palate.
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7. Beckmen Cuvee Le Bec 2013 $15.95

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  • Central Coast, California
  • 15% abv
  • Smoky inexpensive red wine with a plethora of berry and spice flavor. Sweet cherry finishing notes with a well balanced acidity. Great to pair with meats due to its earthy hints.
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8. Murphy-Goode Liar’s Dice Zinfandel 2012

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  • Sonoma County, California
  • 15.5% abv
  • A bold inexpensive zin, this wine has a nose of black cherries, black currant, and vanilla. Juicy, and full of dark fruit notes. Perfect to pair with your summer BBQ.
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9. Artezin Mendocino Zinfandel 2012 $14.99

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  • North Coast, California
  • 14.8% abv
  • A magenta wine inspired by boysenberry, raspberry flavors, and notes of peppers and spices such as cinnamon. A perfect cheap red wine pairing for grilled meats as well as bold cheeses such as Gouda and Bleu.
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10. Woop Woop Shiraz 2013

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  • South Australia, Australia
  • 14.5% abv
  • A deep hues wine with licorice and cherry cola aromas. Fun notes of blackberry jam and dark note flavors in this inexpensive red.
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