This is definitely a good time to be a consumer who wants a good quality wine priced at $15 and below. We are the beneficiaries of a number of forces in our favor, including better production methods, the availability of wines from all over the world and stiff competition for shelf space. In addition, local retailers continue to offer discounts for multiple-bottle purchases and other promotions. Although I found many fine affordable wines during 2017, here are some of my favorites. 

— Gail Appleson, special to the Post-Dispatch