The Best Wine From California Under $20

California is the number one wine producer in the United States. While the state is best known for Cabernet and Chardonnay, one of my very favorite varieties found here is Syrah. Wine producers throughout California do an excellent job with this grape which expresses itself differently in cool climates than it does hot climates. Tasting a sample from a cool, northern region and then trying one from a hot and dry southern climate, and comparing how the same grape ends up in a glass is both fascinating and insightful.

We also include lots of reviews of one of our favorite value varieties, Petite Sirah. If you're a Cabernet lover looking to save money or want a great wine to pair with your steak, Petite Sirah is a great option.

Some of the best value in California comes from blends, a combination of different grape varieties such as Cabernet and Merlot. When done well, these blends allow the winemakers to essentially take the best of each variety and combine them for what is often much greater than the sum of its parts. Many red and white blends in California are terrific. And if you're skeptical of blended wines, just realize this: many of the wines you currently drink from California may be labeled as a single variety but in actuality they are a blend! Labeling laws in the state allow a wine to be labeled as a single variety if it contains at least 75% of that variety. This means that premium Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon that you love (and paid extra for) could have up to 25% Merlot in it!

Read on for the best wine from California under $20!

Summers Andriana’s Cuvee Cabernet Sauvignon – A Classic Cali Cab

Summers Andriana's Cuvee Cabernet Sauvignon - A Classic Cali Cab

78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12.5% Merlot, 4.5% Petit Verdot, 1.5% Malbec, 1% Petite Sirah and 1% Cabernet Franc from Sonoma (51%) and Napa … [Read more...]

Leese-Fitch Chardonnay – A Smooth Operator

Leese-Fitch Chardonnay - A Smooth Operator

An extremely likable and affordable California Chardonnay. 98% Chardonnay and 2% Viognier from California. The wine has a residual sugar of … [Read more...]

Plungerhead Lodi Cabernet Sauvignon – A Conversation Starter

Plungerhead Lodi Cabernet Sauvignon - A Conversation Starter

Wine really can come to the rescue... 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from Lodi (96%) and Clarksburg (4%), California. … [Read more...]

The White Knight Sauvignon Blanc – Quite Quaffable

The White Knight Sauvignon Blanc - Quite Quaffable

In need of refreshment? The White Knight to the rescue! 100% Sauvignon Blanc from Lodi, California. The wine is fermented in stainless … [Read more...]

Markham Vineyards Cellar 1879 Blend – Hits The Spot

Markham Vineyards Cellar 1879 Blend - Hits The Spot

This affordable and tasty blend from Napa hits the bullseye thanks to Costco's low prices! 36% Merlot, 21% Petite Sirah, 14% Cabernet … [Read more...]

Undercard Cabernet Sauvignon – A Contender

Undercard Cabernet Sauvignon - A Contender

Our latest Club W pick offers main event quality at an undercard price. Cabernet Sauvignon from Red Hills Lake County, North Coast, … [Read more...]