2005_09_food_segreta_planeta.jpgThis post is dedicated to the students heading back to school with dreams of champagne and box wine budgets. To those returning from Vegas, who lost their shirt and perhaps a cute black strapy sandal (yes it’s possible to lose one shoe and no it’s not in the fountain at the Bellagio, we’ve checked there twice). And to most of all, to our fellow New Yorkers who have spent all their money on rent and rice pudding from Rice to Riches…and just want to know “what are the good cheap wines?”

It’s one of the top questions that Gothamist gets asked and it’s something we are always on the look out for. With so many wines to choose from, which ones offer the best value? Our list is constantly growing and changing, but here are Gothamist’s top picks of wines that pack a lot of bang for the buck…

Planeta La Segreta Rosso $16
Planeta is one of Gothamists favorite wine producers from Sicily. Their Chardonnay is unbelievable and their La Segreta is bella. If you are looking for fabulous wines with great personality and depth, try this wine and then try the rest of their collection.

Rutherford Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon $16
This wine is so smooth it practically glides down your throat. It has great vanilla and black berry fruit complemented by a soft, luscious texture. This wine is silk for the price of polyester.

Don Miguel Gascon Malbec 2003 $10
Gothamist has mentioned this wine before, but it is worth mentioning again. For about $10 you get a fabulous wine that has that great balance of fruit and spice. It goes great with food with a little kick, pair it with a spicy pasta dish and you have a night that is en fuego.

Minonetto Prosecco Brut $9
This sparkling wine is bursting with citrus and floral notes, with just a hint of fresh baked bread. To think you get all of that for under $10. Pair this wine with a creamy cheese or pasta and you have affordable indulgence.

We will remain on the lookout for fabulous wines under $20. There are so many out there and we are up for the challenge (well quite frankly, we like our drink.) What wines under $20 give you the most bang for your buck?