This is the time of the year that big wine magazines like Wine Spectator and Decanter come up with their yearly best wines lists. I don’t put much weight on their ratings, other than the fact that each year, you’ll see at least a handful of wines under $25/bottle and a few under $15/bottle that are on the list. Again, I always advocate for following your palate above all else in buying wine, but I think it’s fun sometimes when a wine in your preferred flavor profile makes the list. It could be that you get a great find by searching for that $17 Cotes du Rhone that made the Wine Spectator Top 100 at #78. On the other hand, you could pay $125 for a Top 10 wine on the list and find that it wasn’t really your thing. Taste in wine is so personal, which is why assigning a value to wine is so hard.