About Best Buys

Best Buys are wines that deliver great taste at a great price. We use an algorithm that compares the ratio of a product's suggested retail price to our score in order to calculate our Best Buy list. If you're on a budget, these bottles can't be beat. 



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Best Inexpensive Sake

Kurosawa  Junmai Kimoto Sake
94 points
$20
Best Buy
Pale straw color. Aromas and flavors of cashew toffee, custard, candied pineapple, sweet vanilla yogurt, cocoa powder, and dried apple with a satiny, lively, fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, interesting, medium-length finish manifesting impressions of aged charcuterie finish. A juicy, full-flavor Kimoto; pair with spicy fare.
94 points $20 Best Buy
G Joy  Junmai Gingo Genshu Sake
93 points
$20
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas of whipped cream, coconut, yuzu, and flint with a lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, long apricot stone, watermelon, mushroom, white pepper, and almond finish. A concentrated and warming sake best for rich meals; try with Chinese pork dishes or Korean barbecue.
93 points $20 Best Buy
Momokawa  Pearl Junmai Nigori Genshu Sake
89 points
$14
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas of crushed pineapple, starfruit, creme anglaise, marshmallow, and candied orange with a creamy, vibrant, off-dry medium body and a tingling, medium-length banana candies finish. A creamy fruit-forward treat for after-dinner sipping or spicy fare.
89 points $14 Best Buy
Moonstone  Cucumber Mint Sake
88 points
$13
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of cucumbers, lime-spritzed jicama, cream cheese, melon, and honey with a silky, crisp, light body and an effortless, medium-length finish. A tasty sake flavored with great restraint; pure cucumber essence shines making this a great beverage for the table, cocktails, and party refreshments.
88 points $13 Best Buy
Yomi  Junmai Ginjo
85 points
$5
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas of green apple and green mango with a supple, crisp, dryish light body and a sleek, breezy linen, kumquat, flint, and aloe finish. A mild and refreshing sake for delicate pairings.
85 points $5 Best Buy
Yaegaki  Draft Sake
85 points
$5
Best Buy
Brilliant emerald straw color. Aromas of peach cake, sour cream, and butterscotch disks with a soft, dryish light body and a peppery, brisk lime pith and nickel finish. An easy drinking sake for impromptu sushi.
85 points $5 Best Buy
Kigen  Sake
84 points
$5
Best Buy
Silver color. Aromas of asian pear, red apple, pineapple, cracked peppercorn, and ginger with a supple, bright, dryish light body and a tingling, brisk banana chips and pastry finish. A zesty Futsu-Shu sake for anytime sipping.
84 points $5 Best Buy
Lucky Cup  Sake
84 points
$5
Best Buy
White gold color. Aromas of peaches in cream, starfruit, coconut, and almond with a supple, bright, dry thin body and a polished, brisk acacia finish. An easy-drinking sake to serve well-chilled.
84 points $5 Best Buy