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Our 90 Points Under $20 wines offer exquisite flavor at an affordable price.

Discover unique wines for less.

We search high and low for the best sips at the best price points and for over 10 years have brought our guests a treasure trove of highly rated wines at great values. These wines are under $20 but offer the coveted characteristics of a high-quality bottle. Each one is rated at 90 points or higher by trusted sources, including Wine Enthusiast, Wine Spectator and James Suckling.

We love finding new and unusual selections—especially when we can offer a vintage that’s exclusive to The Fresh Market. Keep reading to learn more about our latest 90 Points Under $20 picks, then grab a glass and try some for yourself!

Smith & Hook Cabernet Sauvignon & Wente Morning Fog Chardonnay

Smith & Hook Cabernet Sauvignon This layered, luscious Cab is harvested from four Central Coast vineyards and barrel-fermented in French oak for up to 10 months. Aromas of plum and black cherry mingle with clove, cocoa and a hint of vanilla. On the palate, layers of blackberry, boysenberry, black currant, dark plum and mocha create full-bodied flavor with supple tannins and a long finish.

Wente Morning Fog Chardonnay Bright and crisp, Morning Fog offers flavors of pear, melon, citrus, green apple and fig balanced by a touch of toasted oak and vanilla (from barrel aging). Its mouth-filling body, lingering minerality and balanced acidity leads to a long and refreshing finish. We recommend pairing this wine with oysters, chicken or veal.

Rodney Strong Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir & Cline Ancient Vines Zinfandel

Rodney Strong Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir This medium-bodied wine features aromas of pomegranate, cola, raspberry and spice. Vibrant flavors of fruit and spice finish silky-smooth. Rodney Strong Vineyards is best known for its estate-bottled and vineyard-designated wines, and is also recognized for its sustainable practices, so it’s wine you can feel good about!

Cline Ancient Vines Zinfandel Wood-aging imparts a subtle vanilla quality that beautifully complements explosive fruit flavors and aromas. Spicy, bright strawberry mingles with coffee and chocolate. Ripe fruit and soft tannins coat the mouth and linger long after every sip. Pair this wine with slow-cooked BBQ pork, chicken mole or a rich mushroom dish.

Decoy Rosé & Hess Select Cabernet Sauvignon

Decoy Rosé Inspired by the great rosé wines of Provence, Decoy is dry with lovely aromatics, pure fruit flavors and a crisp, refreshing mouthfeel. Each bottle is specially fermented in stainless steel and made from a blend of Syrah and Pinot Noir. Enticing aromas of grapefruit, strawberries and honeydew lead to bold fruit flavors with a hint of mineral and spice.

Hess Select Cabernet Sauvignon Made with grapes from some of the best vineyards in Napa and Lake county, this ruby-hued wine boasts aromas and flavors of red raspberry and dark cherry. On the palate, fruit flavors accompany notes of currant, anise, clove, cedar and vanilla. Pair this classic Cab with roasted mushrooms, a hearty bacon cheeseburger (especially with blue cheese) or cheddar.

Rutherford Ranch Sauvignon Blanc & Substance Cabernet Sauvignon

Rutherford Ranch Sauvignon Blanc This white wine is lush and lovely, with flavors of fresh peach and grapefruit swathed in Tahitian vanilla. Enjoy it as a delightful aperitif or pair it with your favorite hard cheeses, walnuts (toasted with olive oil, sea salt and rosemary), light seafood dishes or even sushi.

Substance Cabernet Sauvignon Hand-harvested and aged in French oak, this Charles Smith wine creation comes from the Columbia Valley in Washington. Notes of cassis, black currant and hints of plum dance on the palate, with smoky layers of dark fruit and solid tannins. This wine is brooding and deep with a silky elegance and long finish. Pair with slow-cooked meat dishes, aged Gouda or blue cheese.

Talbott Kali Hart Chardonnay & Z Alexander Brown Uncaged Cabernet Sauvignon

Talbott Kali Hart Chardonnay This Chardonnay is fresh and medium-bodied with the distinctive Talbott style of lush, tropical fruit, toasty oak and minerals with a soft, clean finish. Aromas of honeysuckle and lily mingle with citrus pith and sliced pear. On the palate, pineapple and lemongrass complement crisp pear flavors.

Z Alexander Brown Uncaged Cabernet Sauvignon Rich aromas of black cherry, mocha and sweet toasted oak greet the nose. This Cab is full-bodied, with bold tannins framing a rich mid-palate layered with flavors of black cherry and creamy milk chocolate. It’s smooth and balanced, with a long, lingering finish.