Great Wines Under $30

Last time I posted some of my favourite wines under $20. This time the focus is on wines under $30, for when you want to take things up a notch.

Again, these are five of my favourites, in no particular order.

1. Beringer Napa Valley Pinot Noir - California - $29.75 at the SAQ

This wine is not always available at the SAQ, so when it is I grab a few bottles. One of the smoother red wines that I have tasted, the primary fruit flavours are cherry and strawberry. Perfect with filet mignon.

2. J. Lohr Arroyo Seco Chardonnay – California - $19.45 at the SAQ

I actually thought this one was about $23. Turns out it could have made the under $20 list. It makes this list because it is so buttery. Every time I eat lobster I look for a buttery Chardonnay, and while I’ve had other goods ones I always come back to this J. Lohr.

3. William Fevre Chablis Les Champs Royaux – France - $21.95 at the SAQ

Big time mineral notes. The first thought that came to mind after my initial taste of this wine was “stone”. There are also citrus flavours here, but if you want to understand what “mineral notes” are and see how different the same grape can taste depending on where it is grown (i.e. this Chardonnay vs. J. Lohr Chardonnay), try this wine. Chablis is usually pretty expensive, so this is a steal at $21.95.

4. Terre Rouge Syrah – California - $21.35 at the SAQ

This full bodied wine has dark berry, spice and smoke notes and a beautiful dark red colour. At the same time it is smooth and very drinkable.

5.  Mumm Napa Brut Prestige – California - $29.25 at the SAQ  

Produced by Mumm Napa Valley (a joint venture between the G.H. Mumm & Cie and Joseph E Seagram & Sons) it’s less than half the price of its French counterpart (G.H. Mumm Champagne). The blend of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier produces a crisp sparkling wine that blends citrus flavours and smooth vanilla notes. Splurging for Champagne is not always an option, when it’s not this sparkling wine does the trick.

It was only after I had finished the list that I realized 4 of the 5 wines are from California. That wasn’t intentional. Interesting… What are your go to wines in the under $30 category?

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