Your online guide to find the best wines from California and beyond, with an emphasis on wines that over-deliver for the price.


Wine ratings, reviews and recommendations are by Dan Dawson, long-time wine shop owner, wine buyer and sommelier in Napa Valley. He brings 25 years of experience introducing customers to new wines that quickly become their favorites.

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The Value Rating:

Your Guide to Dan Dawson’s “Best Buys.”

How it Works...

Wine score (100 point system) divided by retail price, times its “Wine Factor” = VALUE RATING.

The higher the Value Rating, the better the value.

If you’re not into numbers, that's quite all right: Just look at the VALUE CATEGORY.

Sample 4 Reviews Below:

Best of the Best:

All wines reviewed in Dan Dawson’s Wine Advisor (DDWA) are highly recommended.

That said, if you want the VERY BEST wines for the money (in Dan’s opinion), look at the DDWA AWESOME and HALL of FAME Values.

This Month's Focus:

Drink With Diversity

By nature I politely push my readers away from their normal and encourage all to drink with diversity. Drink them all. Enjoy them all!
This article includes six wines from my March "This Month's List" that provide you a perfectly diverse selection of wines to enjoy.


The Grand Opening

March 1st, 2018