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2019 Value All-Star

Drinking well doesn’t have to be expensive. Here’s proof, in the form of 46 brands you can count on for delicious wines at $20 or less. Some of them may be familiar, like Acrobat from Oregon and Fleur from California; others, like Lyrarakis from Greece or Murgo from Sicily, might be your next great find. We’ve listed three recommended wines from each producer, headed up by our favorite value in their range.

Dr. Konstantin Frank
FINGER LAKES GEWURZTRAMINER & DIM SUM
•2017 Finger Lakes Gewurztraminer $17
•2017 Finger Lakes Pinot Gris $17
•2017 Finger Lakes Pinot Blanc $17
Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery, Hammondsport, NY

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