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290th Heritage B&G Rhone Blend

With 14% ABV (alcohol) and costing under $18, the special 290th Heritage Rhone Blend from Barton & Guestier scored 15+ points on the Dionysian scale of 20. It…

MV Chave de Oior

With 12 ABV, costing under $16, and scoring 15 points on the Dionysian scale, the Multi-Vintage Portugese Vinho Espumante de Qualidade Chave de Oiro sparkling wine is a…

1983 Travaglini Spanna

This 37 year-old Italian Nebbiolo-based wine had 12 ABV, cost under $10 back then, and scored 18 points on the 20-point Dionysian scale. Spanna is a nickname for…

2011 Faustino VII

At 13% AVB, (alcohol) the 2011 Faustino VII Rioja cost under $18 and it’s Tempranillo provided a 16 Dionysian point wine on their scale of 20. Spicy cherry…

2009 Harlaftis Nemea

I always enjoy the Greek Wines from Nemea. This 2009 Harlaftis Nemea Family Tradition and one of their V.D.Q.S. wines has 13% alcohol, cost under $15, and scored…

2009 Lang des Cailloux Vacqueyras

Scoring 18 Dionysian points, gold medal worthy, with 14% alcohol and costing near $25, the 2009 Domaine le Lang des Cailloux Vacqueyras is peaking, and it will hold…

2010 BenMarco Cabernet Sauvignon

At 14% alcohol or ABV meaning “alcohol by volume,” the 2010 BenMarco Cabernet Sauvignon cost under $18 and scored 15+ points on the 20-point Dionysian scale. It comes…

2019 Pedra Cancela Rose’

With 12% alcohol, costing under $12, the 2019 Pedra Cancela Tourgia Nacional Rose’ from Portugal scored a nice 16 points on the Dionysian scale of a possible 20….

2009 Casanova di Neri Brunello

Costing $62 when released, with 15% alcohol, but not noticeable, the 2009 Cassanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino scored 19+ points on the 20-point Dionysian scale. I’m usually…

MV Lelarge-Pugeot Champagne

With an ideal 12% alcohol, the Multi-Vintage Champagne Lelarge-Pugeot Rose scored 18 points on the Dionysian scale of a possible 20 and it cost just over $75. It…