Suggested Wines

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Looking for a wine to have with dinner tonight? Or maybe you’re going on a picnic and would like to know what to pick up at the local grocery store or wine shop. Or perhaps you want to give a bottle of wine as a gift.

Selecting just the right wine can be a real challenge — especially with the vast array of choices that are available.

On this page, we have tried to make your choice a little easier by listing some wines that we have tried and found especially enjoyable. They are listed with our favorites at the top of each varietal. (To read more about each wine’s personality, we suggest you visit the winery’s website.)

Since it’s pretty much impossible to keep up with new releases, we are not including the year the wine was bottled. Generally speaking, if a wine is good, it stays good throughout most vintages.

We can’t guarantee you will like what we like, but at the very least, perhaps we can help you avoid buying a really bad wine.

Most of the wines listed are in the $8 to $25 range.

NOTE: be sure to check out The Wine Spies. Each day they offer one thoroughly vetted and reviewed wine selection at a greatly REDUCED PRICE. Plus, get 5% off any purchase when you use the coupon code LINKSPY during checkout.

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RED WINES

NOTE: Blended wines are usually given unique names by the winery.

Name/ Varietal Winery Area
“Ruah” Desert Wind Winery WA
“The Tillerman” Hook & Ladder Winery CA, Russian River Valley
“Dos Amores” Watts Winery CA, Lodi
“Ménage à Trois” Folie à Deux CA, Napa Valley
Cabernet-Merlot Bridgeview Winery OR
Cabernet Sauvignon (Jack’s Masterpiece) Hall Winery CA, Napa Valley
Cabernet Sauvignon Bohemian Vineyard CA, St. Helena
Cabernet Sauvignon, (Parróne) DeRose Vineyards WA
Cabernet Sauvignon Rombauer Vineyards CA, Napa Valley
Merlot Hall Winery CA, Napa Valley
Merlot Red Diamond WA
Merlot Kalbarri Australia
Merlot McManis Family Vineyards CA, Napa Valley
Merlot (Valley Oaks) Fetzer Winery CA, Mendocino
Merlot Meridian Vineyards CA, Santa Barbara
Merlot Frei Brothers Reserve CA, Dry Creek, Healdsburg
Merlot Jacob’s Creek Australia
Pinot Noir Fleur de California CA, Carneros
Pinot Noir (Private Selection) Robert Mondavi Winery CA, Napa Valley
Sangiovese (Gibson Ranch) Miner Family Vineyards CA, Mendocino
Zinfandel, Old Vine (Founder’s Estate) Beringer Vineyards CA, Napa

WHITE WINES

Name/ Varietal Winery Area
“River Guide” Troon Vineyard OR, Rogue Valley
Chardonnay (Bin 65) Lindeman Wines Australia
Chardonnay Jacksonville Vineyards OR, Applegate Valley
Chardonnay (Stimson Estate) Chateau St. Michelle WA
Chardonnay Meridian Vineyards CA, Santa Barbara
Chardonnay (Organic) Bonterra Vineyards CA, Mendocino
Pinot Blanc Foris Vineyards OR, Rogue Valley
Pinot Gris Erath Winery OR, Yamhill County
Riesling, Blue Moon Bridgeview Winery OR, Illinois Valley
Viognier Daisy Creek Vineyard OR
Viognier Spangler Vineyards OR

 

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