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Sip on This: 5 Wines We Love Under $25

When it comes to wine, less (money) is more. The following bottles hail from some of our region’s most beloved wineries and promise high-quality flavors alongside less-than-premium prices. We’ll drink to that! In no particular order…

OZV Zinfandel
ABV: 14.2%
PRICE: $13
PURCHASE: Oak Ridge Winery, 6100 East Highway 12, Lodi, 209-369-4769,
TASTING NOTES: This old vine Zinfandel is enticing and jammy—a true expression of Lodi’s unique terroir. Flavors of boysenberry and mocha are prominent, with a hint of plum liqueur on the finish.

2019 Rosé
ABV: 13%
PRICE: $24
PURCHASE: Scribner Bend Vineyards, 9051 River Road, Sacramento,
TASTING NOTES: Crisp and clean with abundant aromas of fresh strawberry and watermelon, this rosé is a pure celebration of springtime. Keep a few chilled bottles ready for impromptu parties.  

Painted Fields Cuvée Blanc
ABV: 13.1%
PRICE: $25
PURCHASE: Andis Wines, 11000 Shenandoah Road, Plymouth, 209-245-6177,
TASTING NOTES: This luscious, medium-bodied white blend of unique Mediterranean grapes grown in the Sierra foothills features a tense interplay of apple, pineapple, and peach. Crisp and dry, it’s perfect poolside or alongside springtime sunsets.

2016 Davis Road Red
ABV: 14.6%
PRICE: $22.99
PURCHASE: Van Ruiten Family Winery, 340 West Highway 12, Lodi, 209-334-5722,
TASTING NOTES: This red blend offers a very nice aroma and flavor profile (dark fruits, anise, and spice) with good structure; complex, ripe tannins; and a lingering, spicy finish.

Riaza 2018 Elemental
ABV: 11.8%
PRICE: $17
PURCHASE: Riaza Wines, 2441 South Stockton Street, Suite 1, Lodi, 209-625-1103,
TASTING NOTES: Verdejo, a relatively unknown Spanish white grape, is the star of the show in this particular bottle that boasts bright flavors of citrus, stone fruit, and green apple. A crisp acidity keeps things fresh, while the finish helps frame the grape's telltale minerality.