Leaving vintage aside...
Most of these wines are widely available
Borsao Tres Picos (Spain)
Dhesa Gago (Toro, Spain)
Finca Sobreno (Toro, Spain)
Morgante Nero d'Avola (Sicily, Italy)
Icardi Barbera d'Asti (Piedmont, Italy)
Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc (NZ)
Mason Sauvignon Blanc (CA)
Pra Soave Classico (Veneto, Italy)
Dr. L Riesling (Mosel, Germany)
Gysler Scheurebe Halbtrocken (1L bottle, Pfalz, Germany)
Trimbach Gewurztraminer (Alsace)
Mumm's Napa Blanc de Noirs ($12/bottle on sale at Safeway half the time)
Nino Franco Rustico Prosecco (Italy)
*note: there are LOTS of good Proseccos out there at the $15 range, this is just one of the more universally available ones, and one of the better ones*
At $8.99 to $10.99 locally (SOCAL), Bitch (pardon the Australian) Grenache (from Barossa) is a good wine for the money. It is unoaked, and has pleasent but not overpowering fruit flavors. We enjoy it with some lighter grilled fare and mediterraean cuisine. A nice summer red in my opinion.
I live in Colorado and there are a slew of wine shops in my area! I am trying to move beyond "what I know I like" which is why I kept the post so open ended...I want to try something I haven't heard of, something new & different to me that will open my eyes, nose, taste buds and mind! And, I can go nuts b/c I'm keeping the price low!
Gimmie all you got!!
Without a doubt my #1 value wine right now is Chidaine Touraine! Francois Chidaine is a master with Chenin Blanc from the Loire Valley but this racy Sauvignon Blanc offering from him is wickedly gulpable and I find an embarassing number of empty bottles in my recycling bin every week....at $11.00 it is just silly good.
German rieslings (under 15 of course)... you can about throw darts at the 2005 Mosels.... for that matter American rieslings under 15 are a best buy, IMO.
Moscato d'Asti can come in around 15 and it's a very versatile semi-sweet frizzy white. Useful with apertif as well as dessert and very food friendly through the meal for that matter.
In Reds, Valpolicella Ripassa is a great value, you can often find them in the 15 area.
Another consistent red value are non-trophy tempranillos /blends from great Spanish vintages. Look at excellent non-trophy Riojas from 2001 and 2004 still available in your price range. 2005 looks like a good year too.