Sample wines from around the world without going broke

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Kevin Zraly is a spokesman for the New York Wine Expo, which will take place at the Javits Center this weekend. Credit: Jennifer May from “Windows on the World Complete Wine Course: 25th Edition”

By Lucy Cohen Blatter

Looking for a great bottle of wine under $20? Kevin Zraly, founder of the Windows on the World Wine School and author of “Windows on the World Complete Wine Course”— the 25th edition of which will be published in the fall — has suggestions. “There are hundreds of really high-end wines for under $20 around the world,” he said. Here are a few:Chile

From Chile, Cabernet Sauvignon — in the $15-$20 range — offers some of the best values in the wine world right now, according to Zraly. He recommends Concha y Toro specifically.

Argentina

Some of the best wines from Argentina come from the Malbec grape variety. In his book, Zraly points to Malbec, specifically to Malbec Alamos.

France

Cotes du Rhone, from France’s Rhone region, are great under-$15 bottles. One step higher, in the $15-$20, try the Crozes Hermitage.

The Cru Bourgeois classification, within usually pricey Bordeaux wines is another good bet. In particular he recommends those from Chateau Greysac and Chateau Larose-Trintaudon. “They’re unbelievable wines for under $20.”

California

California has 5,000-plus wineries. Some of the highest quality and highest value wines come from the Beringer winery, Zraly said. The Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon Founders Estate is his red recommendation. For whites, he recommends the Chateau St. Jean Chardonnay or Chateau St. Jean Sauvignon Blanc.

Italy

Two high-value Tuscan wines that are Chianti Classico Reserva and Rosso di Montalcino

Spain

Two from the Rioja region of Spain are Rioja Crianza (the cheaper of the two) and Rioja Reserva.

Zraly adds that getting the right vintages is important. He recommends erobertparker.com’s vintage chart

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