In no particular order, these are widely available, reasonably priced wines by reliable producers that I have enjoyed enough to have purchased multiple bottles over multiple vintages:


  • Thorn-Clarke, Shotfire Ridge, Barossa Valley, South Australia, Shiraz — ~$18
  • Jip Jip Rocks, Limestone Coast, South Australia, Shiraz — ~$13
  • Marquis Philips, Southeast Australia, Cabernet Sauvignon — ~$13
  • Marquis Philips, Southeast Australia, “Sarah’s Blend” — ~$20
  • Columbia Crest, Columbia Valley, Washington, “Grand Estates” Merlot — ~$13
  • Concannon, Central Coast, California, Petite Sirah — ~$14


  • Beringer, Knight’s Valley, Sonoma County, California, Alluvium Blanc — ~$12
  • Conundrum, California, White Table Wine — ~$23
  • Chateau Ste. Michelle, Columbia Valley, Washington, “Eroica” Riesling ~$22
  • Nobilo, Marlborough, New Zealand, “Icon” Sauvignon Blanc — ~$15

If you know of some good “bang for the buck” please share in the comments below!


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