10 Affordable California Red & White Wines

Updated: May 12

This is our first 'Sip List' post where we share round-ups of our favorite wines. The first post will cover affordable California wines you can pick up for dinner while future posts will cover special occasion wines, dessert wines, and many other categories. If there is a particular type of wine you would like to see covered DM us on social @uncorkedcorner!


California is home to over 3,000 wineries with bottles ranging from under $20 to over $1,000. It is pretty crazy if you think about it. So, how do you go about deciding which wines to purchase? Today we are focusing on affordable California wines under $30. These are the bottles you can pick up on a regular trip to the liquor store without breaking the bank.


We are going to share an even mix of red and white wines. Have a bar cart, fridge, or cellar? This is the perfect opportunity to stock up on affordable dinner wines.

Red Wines


  1. Louis Martini Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 | $17.99

  2. Meiomi Pinot Noir 2017 | $16.99

  3. J. Lohr Tower Road Petite Sirah | $23.99

  4. Robert Mondavi Private Selection Cabernet Sauvignon | $13.99

  5. Decoy Sonoma County Merlot | $19.99


White Wines


  1. Josh Sauvignon Blanc | $12.99

  2. Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc - Viognier 2017 | $14.99

  3. Bread & Butter Chardonnay 2018 | $14.99

  4. Chateau Ste. Michelle Pinot Gris 2016 | $12.99

  5. Apothic White (Winemaker's Blend) 2016 | $12.99



Date night for two or dinner for ten, having a mix of these wines on hand will have you covered. We like to keep extra bottles because we cook with them, pour glasses for the group, and the worst thing is when you run out early. Plus, many wine shops and retailers discount for cases of six or more which makes bulk purchases worthwhile.

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