I am genuinely excited to share this post with you! A fellow blogger had the idea and listed some great wines (link below), and I thought, “I can do that! I love wine! And I’m CHEAP!”
Let’s jump right in!
Yribarren Family Vineyards
First and foremost, my heart will always be with the Yribarren Family Vineyards. This family makes INCREDIBLE wine. And it’s only $13 a bottle! I could seriously end my post here and just say, “Go buy all their wine!” – but I won’t – HA! They consistently win awards for their wine, even though they are a small, family-run winery.
Yribarren is local to the Fresno/Kerman area but if like me, you aren’t local, you can buy their wine online. IT IS WORTH IT!! These are my personal favs:
1. 2015 Tempranillo
This Tempranillo is actually $18. But it won GOLD in the 2018 San Fransisco Chronicle wine competition. That’s a big deal, you guys! Here is what the Yribarren’s have to say about this bottle:
“Tempranillo is easily one of the most versatile wines in the world (in our opinion). It is well-suited to the warm growing region of California’s Central Valley and this wine proves it. It received Gold and the San Francisco Chronicle wine competition (and was- by far- the least expensive wine to do that well) and is a great example of a warm climate tempranillo. Its subtle spice and acidity along with its balanced fruit and tannin character makes it the perfect wine for… well just about anything. We consider this the best value tempranillo you can purchase anywhere in the U.S. and think you will agree. Salud!”
I’m truly OBSESSED. I still have my last bottle sitting in my wine rack because I’ll be so bummed when it’s gone.
2. 2015 San Joaquin River Syrah
This won’t be the only Syrah on the list, because I tend to prefer a good Syrah over any other wine. Maybe because it sounds like “Sarah?” 🙂
The San Joaquin River Syrah is another award-winning wine from the Yribarren Family Vineyards. Every year, their Syrahs are always on my shopping list. Here’s how they describe the 2015:
“Bronze Medal winner at the San Francisco Chronicle wine competition! Syrah is a great warm climate grape and you will understand why after tasting this one. Grown on the bluffs of the San Joaquin River on the Saviez Ranch, it was hand-picked at the peak of ripeness to make a wine that is full bodied, soft and balanced. This wine goes perfect with red meat, poultry and pasta dishes. You will not be disappointed with this syrah!”
3. 2015 Zinfandel
If you’re a fan of a good Zin, this is one of the best. Seriously, for $13, you’re getting an incredible bottle of wine.
“This zinfandel was grown along the San Joaquin River about 5 miles west of Fresno. It does not have the exaggerated fruit character that many warm climate zinfandels tend towards. It is more soft and balanced mainly due to its almost two years aging in french oak. If you like the brightness and full fruit flavor of the zinfandel grape… but not overdone… this is definitely the wine for you!”
4. 2015 Westside Red
Ok, this is my last Yribarren recommendation, I promise. 😉 No, this is not a sponsored post, I just LOVE all of their wine!
The 2015 Westside Red is the perfect red-blend:
“Westside Red is a blend of our award winning reds. It is a great everyday wine at a great price. You can’t go wrong with this one!”
Honestly, no matter which Yribarren wine you go with, you’re going to get amazing flavor and quality. I’ve been a faithful member for over six years and their wines never disappoint.
5. Toasted Head Chardonnay
Now let’s mix it up with some white wines. Personally, I prefer a red wine any day of the week, any season of the year, BUT on the rare occasion where I’m in the mood for something cool and smooth, this Toasted Head Chardonnay is one of my go-to’s.
I buy this one at Costco for $8, and for the price, you can’t really beat it.
“This Chardonnay has aromas of bourbon, butterscotch, white peach, and Asian pear. On the palate, creamy toast and peachy caramelized custard flavors are complemented by a clean, hot finish.”
6. Buttercream Chardonnay
This particular wine recommendation actually comes from my mom. 🙂 A fellow wine lover, she taught me everything I know. At around $13 a bottle, she says this is a great chardonnay.
“California – Tastes like silken butter dripped over a fresh croissant. A decadent Chardonnay perfect for enjoying on the dock of the bay, the backyard, with friends, or really anywhere…”
7. Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc
If and when I do drink white wine, a sauvignon blanc is usually a safe choice. Personally, I hate sweet wine, but sometimes “crisp” is just what you’re in the mood for.
The Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc goes for around $10 a bottle. Not bad at all.
The Tasting Panel-Marlborough, New Zealand – “Smooth and invigorating with lovely ripe fruit, this is a racy, tangy, and crisp wine with a long and balanced finish. Pretty fine considering Kim has left the building.”
8. 7 Deadly Zins
Back to REDS! Phew! That break from full-bodied, goodness almost killed me. 😉
7 Deadly Zins is another yummy Zinfandel and, for $10 a bottle, it’s a win.
“Lodi, CA- A sinful blend indeed! A vibrant, sweet bouquet of raspberry jam, molasses and cinnamon toast evoke the senses of carefree youthful nights. Excellent oak integration provides silken tannins and spice to pair with Lodi’s unrestricted wild berry fruit.”
*BONUS BOTTLE* Michael David Petite Petit
While I’m not counting this as one of my top 10, I do feel it deserves an honorable mention! I haven’t actually tried this wine yet, but I noticed the bottle on someones table at a small café and couldn’t help but ask about it. The bottle alone is too much fun.
They told me it was their favorite Petite Syrah and is actually from the same winemaker as 7 Deadly Zins. I was pregnant at the time or they would have given me a taste.
But I’m not pregnant now…. so why the heck haven’t I tried this yet?! At $14 a bottle, I may have to make a trip out to Total Wine tonight!
9. Bogle Petite Sirah
At less than $8 a bottle, this is honestly my go-to grocery store wine. I’ll never forget the first time I tried the Bogle Petite Sirah. I was out to dinner at a nice
Well, lesson learned! HA! Either way, it’s delicious.
10. Barefoot Bubbly Pink Moscato
I’m wrapping the Top 10 up with this Barefoot Bubbly Pink Moscato. I mentioned earlier that I strongly dislike sweet wines but, for whatever reason, this sucker is the exception to my rule. The only reason I bought this sparkling wine was to taste test it for my wedding (my heart was set on a toast with pink champagne). And to my absolute surprise, it wasn’t just acceptable for the wedding, it became a new favorite!
We actually ended up with unopened bottles left over after the wedding (which was late September), so we figured we would just use them up for our traditional Christmas morning mimosas. YOU GUYS! We will never buy regular champagne for mimosas again! At just $8 a bottle, this stuff is the bee’s knees!
And there you have it, my friends! As I mentioned at the top of this post, I was inspired by a fellow blogger. For 10 more affordable bottles of wine, you can check out her post. But before you go 🙂 hook this sister up by sharing your favorite bottle of wine in the comments below so I can give it a try!! And make sure to subscribe so you don’t miss our upcoming brown-bag wine tasting party with some of our friends!
Until next time!