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Recommendations for Buying California Wines at Home When You Can’t Visit Wine Country

We all love our wine country vino, whether it’s  Napa, Monterey, Gold Country, Lodi, Sonoma, Foxen Canyon, Temecula, Edna Valley or Paso Robles. But, what to do when you need to pop into a store and need store accessible wines? Here are our store bought recommendations. Because that estate winery you love produces only 4,000 cases yearly and you won’t find their wine in a store .   These recommendations are culled from residents of California Wine areas. They offer up these readily available retail wines. You’ll find these wines ranging from $5-$20 in grocery stores.


Kendall Jackson – Sonoma (otherwise known as KJ)

Butter – Sonoma (as the name suggests-very buttery)

Crane Lake – Northern California

Grand Cru – California

Cloud Break – California

Bota Box – Ceres

Pinot Noir

Meiomi – California

Hahn – Monterey

Mark West – California

La Crema – California

Cloud Break – California


Brazin – Lodi

Gnarly Head Old Vine Zin – Lodi

Oak Ridge Old Vine Zin – Lodi

OZV Zinfandel – Lodi

Cline Ancient Vine Zin – Lodi

Blended Wines

Hahn GSM – Monterey

Menage a Trois Silk – Alexander Valley

Grand Cru – California

Big Six Bourbon Barrel – California

Menage a Trois – St Helena

Bota Box Redvolution – Ceres


Grand Cru – California

Kendall Jackson – California

Cabernet Sauvignon

J. Lohr 7 Oaks – Paso Robles

Rodney Strong  – Sonoma

Grand Cru – California

Justin – Paso Robles