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)

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