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NY Times 20 Under $20: Timeless Classics

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The seasonal cusp we're enjoying right now is one of my favorite times of the year. Perfect weather, cloudless skies, abundant produce at the greenmarket...what's not to love?

But what to drink? Honestly, the answer is 'anything'. We've long prided ourselves on our selection of sub-$20 wines. Great expensive wines are a dime a dozen, but finding delicious, well-made and authentic affordable wines is a bit trickier. You have to know where to look.

The New York Times' Eric Asimov has come through for us again on that front. He's just released another edition of his 20 Under $20 column, and it's chock-full of our favorites. In fact, we're able to offer all but three of his picks.

We're offering these wines with generous discounting:

  • buy any 6-11 bottles and get 10% off or
  • but any 12 or more bottles and get 15% off

To order, click the button below to shop online — use discount code NYT6 or NYT12 to take advantage of the discount tiers listed above. The prices shown reflect the higher discount.

As soon as the article is published, the wines will disappear from the marketplace. This is your chance to beat the rush and get the wines at a nice discount. This offer expires the evening of Thursday, September 21st. Please allow 24-48 hours for confirmation, as we typically receive a large response.

Wines will be available for pick up or delivery any time after Monday, Feb. 20th. To best ensure stock, we recommend shopping online.

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Ramilo Wines Jackpot Vinho Regional Lisboa 2021 $̶1̶0̶.9̶9̶ $9.34
Ramilo, just outside the city of Lisbon, is an excellent source of bold yet balanced reds, and The Jackpot is no exception. We love its brambly dark fruit, rounded structure and refreshing acidity. The winery worked with their American importer (a boutique outfit focused on great, under-valued Portuguese wines) to create a taverna-style blend, perfect for sipping alone or with poultry, meat, or even grilled vegetables. It's a blend of Castelão and Aragonez, more commonly known as Tempranillo.

Pépière Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie La Pépie 2022 $̶1̶6.9̶9̶ $14.44
Muscadet is one of the rare regions where you can still find (and pay reasonable prices for) the best wines from the best producers. And Domaine de la Pépière is easily one of (if not THE) best Muscadet producer. La Pepié (100% Melon de Bourgogne) is fresh and crisp, with lovely mineral notes and flavors of orchard fruit and sea salt. It's a blend of many different parcels and is farmed organically.

Fabien Jouves Cahors Haute Côt de Fruit, 2022 $̶1̶6.9̶9̶ $14.44
This isn't your typical Argentinian Malbec—no, this is deeply mineral-driven Malbec (thanks to lots of limestone in the soil), with buoyant, juicy fruit and nothing cloying. Farming is biodynamic, fermentation is with solely native yeast and the vines rest high up on a plateau, at 350m in altitude. Fabien Jouves' family has been farming grapes in the region for innumerable years, and he has revitalized the estate with a focus on native grapes and natural winemaking.

Celler Credo Penedès Miranius Xarello 2020 $̶1̶7.9̶9̶ $15.29
Recaredo is perhaps the name in Cava, and their second line, Celler Credo, is an homage to the incredible terroir and traditions of the Penedès, in the form of still wines. Xarel'lo is one of the grapes typically used in Cava, and in varietal, still wines, it is one of the best white wines Spain has to offer (if not the entire wine world). We love it for its intensity, its ability to pick up minerality and its unique savory and herbaceous characteristics.

Brunhilde Claux Notre Terre Vin de France Rouge 2021 $̶1̶8.9̶9̶ $16.14
A fresh, clean, juicy wine that we could drink all day long. Despite the region's warm temperatures and Mediterranean influence, this is so, so light and so, so elegant. It's Grenache from Brunnhilde Claux, who's worked at estates like Domaine Gauby, Priorat's Terroir al Limit, and currently Domaine de Courbissac in Minervois. She has isolated a tiny parcel of grapes for her personal project, some of which are 90+ years old. There's almost no SO2 added (if any).

The Whole Shebang California Sixteenth Cuvée $̶1̶8.9̶9̶ $16.14
onoma’s Bedrock Vineyards is producing some of the most delicious and soulful California wines, and The Whole Shebang is their terrific everyday option. It’s an unfussy blend of Zinfandel, Carignan, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Mataro, and other Mediterranean varieties. It drinks like a Californian Côte du Rhône: joyful fruit balanced by earth, spice and a hint of tannic structure. It’s honest wine with the soul of California to drink with steak, grilled eggplant or bbq chicken.

Torre Alle Tolfe Chianti Colli Senesi 2020 $̶1̶8.9̶9̶ $16.14
Good Chianti is easy to love. This bright and cheerful (organically farmed) 100% Sangiovese wine is downright delicious and would be right at home with classic red sauce fare or even a grilled steak with its sleek fruit and ripe tannins. Wine has been made at this site since the 14th century, but Torre Alle Tolfe is a product of the 1970s, when the Castelli family began farming Sangiovese vines and things like olives and fruit trees.

Brand Riesling Trocken Landwein Rhein 2022 (1L) $̶1̶8.9̶9̶ $16.14
The Brand brothers have been working their family's vines in Germany's Pfalz region from tender ages — in fact, one of them wasn't yet of legal drinking age when they took over (here in the States, at least). From rocky limestone soils and hills so steep that tractors can't be used — horses have to be called in — they produce an assortment of delightful wines, including this Riesling in a liter bottle. It's aromatic and richly textured, yet has a dry, crisp finish and ample minerality.

Carlos Raposo Dão Impecável Tinto 2021 $̶1̶8.9̶9̶ $16.14
This is a beautiful expression of Touriga Nacional, Portugal's most emblematic grape, with soft spice, supple red and black fruit and a splash of fine, polished tannins. Coming from roughly 30 year old vines mostly in the Serra da Estrela sub-region of Dão. All the fruit is farmed with organic/biodynamic methods, fermented and aged in stainless steel, with a very gentle extraction. Raposo is the proud owner of many 100+ year old vines and strives to produce wines of terroir expression and delicacy.

Domaine de Majas Côtes Catalanes Blanc 2021 $̶1̶8.9̶9̶ $16.14
A blend of Macabeu (a.k.a. Viura in northern Spain), Vermentino and Carignan Blanc from clay-calcareous terroir in the Southeastern corner of France, making for a juicy, minerally and silky wine. Flavors of yellow apple, fresh cut herbs, lemon zest and ripe pear dominate the palate. Agnès and Alain Carrere have worked with Tom Lubbe, winemaker at Domaine Matassa for many vintages; they want their vines to be a sanctuary for plants and animals, and use just a touch of sulfur.

Aphros Vinho Verde Loureiro 2021 $̶1̶9.9̶9̶ $16.99
is not the Vinho Verde you think you know — everything at Aphros is left of center, from the way the they farm (biodynamically, rare in the region) and vinfiy (in a medieval, electricity-less cellar). Vinho Verde is confusingly not a style of wine; it refers to a region of Portugal, lush and verdant, just north of the Douro and Porto. Aphros' version is decidedly not the slightly fizzy style you may know: it is totally still, bracingly mineral (the region's soils are primarily granitic, like in Muscadet or Rias Baixas Albariño), citrusy and refreshing, richly textured and yet totally fresh.

Domaine Yohan Lardy Vin de France Poppy Gamay 2021 $̶1̶9.9̶9̶ $16.99
Yohan Lardy tends some very special vines in the Beaujolais cru of Moulin-à-Vent, including some over 100 years old. This VdF is 100% Gamay, made with fruit from the Beaujolais-Villages appellation as well as some from M-à-V, but due to its light, easy-drinking qualities Yohan chooses to declassify it. This is the perfect red wine to chill and enjoy in the summer heat; its piquant acidity and perky red fruit flavors will wake up any dish, from a green salad to a charcuterie board to a grilled burger.

Jasci Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2020 $̶1̶9.9̶9̶ $16.99
Jasci is one of Italy's organic pioneers — they've been farming organically since 1980, and were one of the first 10 growers to be certified. And Montepulciano is one of Italy's greatest workhorse grapes, with its rich flavors of berries and baking spice and a hint of structure. For a medium- to full-bodied red to please all palates (and pair perfectly with pizza), this is an excellent choice.

Lise and Bertrand Jousset Vin de France Éxilé Rosé Pétillant 2022 $̶1̶9.9̶9̶ $16.99
Another beautiful Pet Nat from the exploding natural wine scene in the Central Loire. This is 100% organically grown Gamay, from old vines in Montlouis. Strawberries, raspberries, and herbs mingle on the palate, joined with fun and flirty effervescence. Light, fresh, nuanced and clean. The Joussets refer to this cuvée as "playful and thirst-quenching".

Mongarda Colli Trevigiani Glera Col Fondo Frizzante 2021 $̶1̶9.9̶9̶ $16.99
A bone dry, slightly cloudy sparkling wine from the same region as Prosecco, made with organically farmed-fruit, at a small, family-run estate. Mongarda is one of the few artisanal Prosecco domaines, and we love everything we've tasted from them. There's ample minerality, crisp acidity, and flavors of white fruit and flowers, making it perfect to sip on its own, but complex enough to stand up to seafood, sushi or a cheese platter.

Domaine Dupeuble Père et Fils Beaujolais 2022 $̶1̶9.9̶9̶ $16.99
A classic value in great, old-school Beaujolais every vintage, this is a favorite wine year after year. 2022 is a beautifully ripe vintage, with lots of exuberant fruit, but plenty of fresh minerality for balance. Domaine Dupeuble is a cornerstone of Kermit Lynch's inimitable Bojo portfolio, and it only takes a few sips to be captivated.

Filipa Pato Bairrada Dinamica Baga Tinto 2022 $̶1̶9.9̶9̶ $16.99
While Luis Pato’s wines are big, brawny and unyielding, his daughter Filipa’s are delicate and pretty, with vivacious fruit and subtle floral notes. Dinamica Tinto is 100% Baga and shows off the paler side of the grape, with lots of strawberry, crushed violets and red cherry flavors.


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A few things to keep in mind:

  • This discount is available until the end of day, Thursday, Sept. 21st. Orders will be packed and ready for pick up or delivery by Friday, September 22nd.
  • Quantities are good, but you never know with wine, and all orders are subject to availability and need to be confirmed. To best ensure stock, please order online.
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  • CT customers: we are able to ship, charging CT sales tax and with some limitations. Please inquire for further information.