UPDATE: You could use a load off this Friday, and what better way than to relax with a bottle of wine? This story was originally published on September 14.Just as a killer pair of heels can top off the Perfect Outfit, a great bottle of vino can complete an amazing meal. But, even if you don't own a cellar, it doesn't mean you can't kick it up a notch from the ol' Three-Buck Chuck.
So, with a strict budget in mind, we tapped Chicago's expert sommeliers to get the tasting notes on the best brands to buy on the cheap — that could fool even the most serious wine snobs. Though our task wasn't easy, our grape gurus delivered with a hit list of 14 incredible vintages pricing out at $20 and under. These domestic and international finds — in both red and white — will impress even the toughest dinner-party critic. So, get the stemware ready: We have a feeling this cheat sheet is worth a toast. Or three.