5 California Wines for Every Budget

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Figuring out which wine to buy can be obfuscating if you’re not a sommelier. Do the reviews matter? How much information is too much? Is it okay if you judge a bottle by its label? While we all know that wines from Napa Valley are a good place to start, there’s such a wide selection that it’s hard to figure out which one to commit to. To save you time and money, we’ve done the background check for you, traveling up and down Napa’s back roads to meet with winemakers, shop owners, and sommeliers both well-known and on the DL. Read on for our cheat sheet to buying Napa wines—it should help narrow the field to the very best at every price.

What are your go-to wines for an evening in or a night out?