Top value wines from the 2023 North Coast Wine Challenge

Here are 10 great wines you can get under $25.|

Daryl Groom, chief wine judge of the 2023 North Coast Wine Challenge, chose 10 wines that represent good value — a great wine for a good price — across all the wines entered in the contest. Here are the ones he selected, from sparkling to red:


Scharffenberger Cellars, (NV) Brut Excellence Méthode Traditionelle, Mendocino County, 99 points ($23)


Husch Vineyards, 2022 Dry Gewurztraminer, Anderson Valley, 99 points ($18)

Husch Vineyards, 2022 Sauvignon Blanc, Mendocino, 98 points ($18)

Francis Coppola, 2021 Diamond Collection Chardonnay, Sonoma County, 97 points ($20)


Carol Shelton Wines, 2022 Wild Thing Rendezvous Dry Rosé, Mendocino County, 95 points ($19)


St. Francis Winery & Vineyards, 2021 Pinot Noir, Sonoma County, 97 points ($22)

Alexander Valley Vineyards, 2020 Merlot, Alexander Valley, 92 points ($24)

Miro Cellars, 2021 Cuvée Sasha, Chevalier Vineyard, Mendocino County, 97 points ($24)

Pedroncelli Winery, 2020 Mother Clone Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley, 96 points ($24)

Girasole Vineyards, 2021 Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendocino County, 90 points ($18)

A fun bonus suggestion: Gowan’s Heirloom Ciders, (NV) Macintosh Applewine Cider, 95 points ($10)

Sarah Doyle

Wine & Lifestyle Reporter

Wine is the indelible heartbeat of Sonoma County. As the wine industry continues to evolve, my job is to share the triumphs, challenges and trends that affect our local wine region, while highlighting the people — past and present — who have contributed to its success. In addition, I cover spirits, beer and on occasion, other lifestyle topics.

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