Whether you’re headed to a dinner party or you need a hostess gift, a great bottle of wine is just a click away. These bottles of red, white, and rosé are sure to impress with enchanting aromas, palate-pleasing flavors, clever names and cute as-can-be labels. And did we mention they’re all under $20? Because it should be about eating, drinking, and being merry—not spending a million bucks.
2016 Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy Sauvignon Blanc, $13
This light-hearted, palate-pleasing Sauvignon Blanc hails from Marlborough, New Zealand—celebrated for its sunny, cool coastal climate. Oysters and crabs marry well with the pleasant minerality and bright acidity of this bottle.
2014 Scarpetta Barbera del Monferrato, $18
Made with 100-percent Barbera—a dark-skinned, high-acid, low-tannin grape commonly grown in Piedmont—this medium-bodied red transports you to Northwest Italy. Notes of crushed berries and a hint of earthy porcini mushrooms are delicious with duck, goose, and other game.
2015 Funk Zone White Blend, $15
This uniquely aromatic white blends three grape varieties from Santa Barbara County. Stone fruit and floral notes come courtesy of Gewürztraminer and Viognier, while Sauvignon Blanc brings a fresh pop of citrus to the party. Try Funk Zone alongside your favorite fish dish.
2016 The Bachelor Wines “The Final Rosé,” $15.96
For your reality TV-loving pal, pick up a rosé bottle from The Bachelor Wines. This nuanced blend of Zinfandel, Petite Syrah and mixed red varieties showcases a pale pink hue and notes of strawberry and rose petals. Enjoy a glass as an aperitif, or pair it with lighter fare like spring rolls and Nicoise salad.
2016 Loves Me Not Malvasia Blanca, $13
This single-varietal Malvasia Bianca from Paso Robles, California, shows off the grape’s more aromatic side. It has lovely notes of fresh flowers, peaches, and nectarines that works with sweet and spicy dishes.
2012 Small Talk Vineyard “Conversation” Pinot Noir, $14.95
This medium bodied red—and the adorable label—is nothing if not a conversation starter. Fruity, subtly oaky with a slightly tart finish, it works well with roasted turkey and pork. Porchetta with apple ragout and braised greens, anyone?
2016 Our Sounds Sauvignon Blanc, $13
Take your palette on a trip downunder with this bright, crisp Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand. The slightly grassy finish and citrus notes pair perfectly with fresh seafood dishes like ceviche and crudo. Bring it to your next beachside or rooftop picnic.
2015 Bodega Chacra “Mainque” Pinot Noir Rosé, $19
Made from 100-percent Pinot Noir grapes—grown in the arid, cool Argentine Patagonian desert—Mainqué Rosé boasts an exceptionally balanced bouquet—a characteristic in-keeping with grapes harvested in the remote wine zone of Rio Negro. This natural, organic, biodynamic rosé boasts aromas of strawberries and plum that pair well with shellfish and veggie tacos.
2015 Restless Earth Syrah 2015, $13
Need a hostess gift for a BBQ? The terroir in Santa Barbara, California—along with aging in a 25-percent new French oak barrel—fill this Syrah with rich notes of blackberry, bacon, and smoke. The full-bodied flavor and bouquet are a sublime complement for grilled meats.