9 Experts Reveal Best Wines Under $30

Think you need to spend tons of money for great wines? Think again.

I asked 9 wine experts a simple question:

If you could only choose 3 wines for under $30, which 3 would you choose?

Choosing the best bottle of wine for your hard earned dollars can be confusing. Does the more expensive bottle taste better? Maybe not. If you don’t know which wines are the best value, you’re likely to continue over paying for sub-par wines.

This means mediocre wine, and less money in your bank account.

I wanted to know which bottles of wine under $30 the experts were buying for their personal enjoyment.

There are  a ton of top 10, 20, 30…100 lists out their floating around the web. Often, after reading, you’re nowhere closer to finding that great bottle of wine for under $30. That’s why I decided to go straight to the source and ask the experts – to see if the best bottles under $30 would rise to the surface…

Here are the best bottles of wine under $30 recommended by the experts…


The Best Wines Under $30


#1. Mike Veseth (http://wineeconomist.com/)

Only three wines? That’s difficult but I will give it a try! I would mention that you should be using a wine aerator to get the most out of each wine.

  1. Eroica 2013 Riesling – I love Riesling and this Washington State wine pairs so well with so many foods and experiences. This one is terrific every year – a partnership between Chateau Ste Michelle and Germany’s Dr Loosen.
  1. Bacalhoa Moscatel du Setubal – because it is a surprisingly inexpensive wine from Portugal that you can drink like a Sauternes. Before the meal. With dessert. Maybe as a cocktail base? Pure pleasure that catches most people by surprise.
  1. Bacalhoa Moscatel du Setubal – another Washington State wine. A real bargain given the quality of the wine. From Washington’s smallest AVA. Really punches above its weight in terms of value.


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#2. Sondra Barret (http://sondrabarrett.com/)

My price point if I’m buying wine for every day is usually under $10 and what I tend to buy – always reds

  1. Menage a Trois 2013 Red Blend – Red Wine
  2. Concannon 2012 Conservancy Petite Sirah – Red Wine
  3. Mark West 2013 California Pinot Noir – Red Wine
  4. (Bonus) Occasionally I’ll “splurge” for Cambria 2012 Julia’s Vineyard Pinot Noir – Red Wine


#3. David White (http://www.terroirist.com/)   

Just three?! So difficult!

  1. Massican Annia. A blend of Tocai Friulano, Ribolla Gialla, and Chardonnay, the wine is serious yet gulpable.
  2. Chateau Thivin Cote de Brouilly. As the price of other top Beaujolais continues to increase (it’s now hard to find any Foillard for less than $40), it’s refreshing that Chateau Thivin’s price has remained stable at about $20.
  3. Clos Roche Blanche Cuvée Pif. Difficult to find but worth the search. 


                                          david white

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#4. Monique Soltani (http://wineoh.tv/)

I could never chose only three wines. So many wonderful options. Here are three wines under $30 that I have tasted recently that I think are great!

  1. SurSur 2014 Grillo Sicilia DOC: The new single-variety from Donnafugata is crisp, fruity and fun for summer. $23
  2. 2012 Franciscan Estate Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon: 2012 was a fantastic year for Napa Valley. This Bordeaux blend gives you an excellent bang for your buck. $28
  3. Saint M 2014Château Saint-Maur, one of only 18 cru classés from the Côtes de Provence. Savor the last bit of summer with this expressive, elegant, and fresh French rose wine$25.

                             monique soltani



#5.  Chris Kissack (http://www.thewinedoctor.com/)

  1. Wine number one is the 2012 Clos des Briords from Domaine de la Pépière. Muscadet remains under-appreciated and under valued, although  I see that is slowly changing, especially with top domaines like  Pépière. This is classic Muscadet, deliciously vibrant with fresh  acidity and fascinating minerality. It drinks beautifully young, and  yet it also develops good things with age. The problem is most people never find out as it is difficult not to keep pulling the corks in their youth. The 2012 vintage was superb for Muscadet – the best vintage in several years.
  2. Number two would be the 2013 Vouvray Sec from Vincent Carême. Vouvray is an appellation that has been in the doldrums for a long time; there  were always a handful of domaines turning out top quality, but  otherwise the appellation felt really stagnant. That’s changing now  though, and Vincent is one of the driving forces behind this
    revitalisation, running a very efficient domaine but also lecturing at the local lycée and mentoring a number of other young, up-and-coming Vouvray is once more an appellation to watch with interest. The weather wasn’t ideal in 2013, but Vincent still made some very good wines.
  3. Lastly, the 2011 Bourgueil Grand Clos from Yannick Amirault. The red wines of the Loire are under-appreciated, and the most famous are  probably Chinon and Saumur. The wines of Bourgueil and  Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil can, from the right domaine, be just as  Yannick Amirault is one such domaine. From what is turning out  to be a really interesting vintage for red wines, this is classic Cabernet Franc from flinty soils, dark and spicy, with silky structure  and minerality too. Top stuff. I recommend using a wine preservation system to get the most value from each bottle of wine and keep it fresh.

            chris kissack

#6.  Jeff Siegel (winecurmudgeon.com)

  1. Casteller cava
  2. Domaine du Tariquet 2013 Chardonnay – White Wine
  3. Saint Cosme Cote du Rhone red

(Bonus: All are $15 and less, and put the lie to the idea that you need to spend a lot for wine!)



jeff siegel




#7. William “Rusty” Gaffney,

M.D. (princeofpinot.com)

  1. 2012 Evesham Wood Le Grive Bleue Eola-Amity Hills Willamette Valley Oregon Pinot Noir
  2. 2012 Cosa Obra Sonoma County Pinot Noir
  3. 2012 Beckham Estate Chehalem Mtns Pinot Noir


#8. Rich Cook (winewiseweb.com)

Pretty hard to pick just three! But, if pressed, based on currently available wines, I’d pick

  1. Decoy 2013 Sonoma County Pinot Noir – Red Wine
  2. 2014 Sonoma-Cutrer Sauvignon Blanc, Winemaker’s Release, Russian River Valley
  3. Albert Bichot Cremant de Bourgogne Brut Reserve – Champagne & Sparkling

      rich cook

#9. Brendon and Kirstyn Keys (bkwines.com.au)

They are all great value wines with texture and flavour.

  1. Tabhilks Marsanne
  2. Guigal 2011 Cotes du Rhone Rouge – Rhone Blends Red Wine
  3. Picpoul de Pinet


That’s a Wrap!

A huge Thank You! to everyone who contributed to the roundup. Please share if you found it useful! As always please be responsible when drinking wine and make sure not to get too wine drunk!

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