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The 20 best wines under £20
Great-tasting wine doesn't have to break the bank.
Who doesn’t love a nice, relaxing glass of wine after a hard day at work? There are stacks of bottles at the supermarket that cost less than £20 – but there’s also a huge variation in quality.
Many of us become overwhelmed with the seemingly endless options and head straight for the most attractively labelled bottle.
There’s no shame in that. But, unfortunately, it’s no guarantee for the contents of the bottle. But we’re here to help! We’ve compiled a list of the top 20 wines available in the UK for under £20. So next time you’re perusing the wine aisle, your pick will be full of taste, an ideal accompaniment to your dinner and the perfect price for your budget.
We’ve also included some handy tips for what you should look for when choosing a wine and how to pair your wine with your food. Check out our tips and top choices below, we are certain you won’t be disappointed.
The best 20 wines under £20
What to look for in a wine
When shopping for the perfect bottle of wine to pair with your evening meal you’ll need to take the below into consideration first:
- Personal preference. We don’t all love all types of wine. So if you’ve got a go-to between red, white and rosé, stand by it.
- Pairing wine with food. If you’re hosting a dinner party, you won’t want to choose the wrong accompaniment for the course. Below you’ll find a brief outline of how to pair food with the right wine.
- Wine with legs. This is something we often hear wine connoisseurs referencing. This actually refers to the streaks on the side of the glass after its contents have been swirled. Generally, the more streaks the higher the alcohol content.
- Full-bodied wine. A wine is referred to as being “full-bodied” when the alcohol content percentage is higher than the average (11.6%)
- 20-point scoring system. This is a point scoring system used by UK wine experts including Jancis Robinson and Decanter Magazine.
Pairing wine with food
This can be extremely difficult when you’re catering to a group of friends with varying tastes and preferences. If you want to know exactly how to pair the perfect wine with the food you’re serving, then this table should prove handy.
Food Wine Hors d’oeuvres, or appetisers Dry Rose – look for something light in body and fruity in flavour. Citrus infused meals, typically fish Unoaked White – helps to intensify the flavours of the meal. Spicy foods Low-alcohol Wine – the sweetness will reduce the intensity of spice. Rich red meat Tannic Reds like Cabernet Sauvignon – the rich flavouring will compliment the meal. Earthy foods, like mushrooms or game Earthy Reds like Pinot Noir – earthy ingredients in a meal call for an earthy accompaniment Desserts Lighter Wine – desserts are often sweet, so you’ll want to pair this course with a flavour that’s much more subtle, so as to not bombard the taste buds.
Wine point-scoring system
This point system scores wine based on expert opinions. In the UK, the 20-point system is widely used to determine the quality of the wine by a panel of professionals.
Rating Quality 19-20 Genuinely outstanding 18 Exceptional 17 Impressive 16 Good 15 Average 14 Dull, unrecommended
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