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The 2011 World Value Wine Challenge
The Results Are In and Wine Drinkers Are The Big Winner

Posted: November 10, 2011

By Jerald O’Kennard

This fall, close to 600 wines $20 and under were swirled, sipped and tasted by our expert wine panels for our 11th annual World Value Wine Challenge. From those, we discovered an impressive group of Top 10 winners in four key price categories: $20 and under, $15 and under, $10 and under, and $8 and under. What amazed us this year is the sheer number of world-class and exceptional wines in each of these tiers. Clearly, producers of wines at these price points are focusing on delivering the maximum “bang for the buck” and fierce competition for consumer dollars has raised the value game to its highest level ever. Even popular humble formats like boxed wines can be filled with remarkable juice. This is all great news for frugal wine drinkers as they are now truly in the driver’s seat of a buyer’s market.

However the plethora of inexpensive wines offers another challenge: how to sort through all of the myriad brands in the market and find the best ones for your palate. Fortunately the solution to that problem has been worked out, by us. Below are links to lists of the Top 10 wines for each category, special regional or varietal award winners, and exceptional values from our 2011 World Value Wine Challenge with complete descriptions and tasting notes. We hope that you will explore and delight in the many fine wine offerings from around the world, and at these prices, you can afford to experiment with categories and wines you may never have had. It’s never been a better time to drink wine and with this many great tasting wines at such reasonable prices, it’s never been a more affordable luxury.

 

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