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Dan Dawson’s Wine Advisor is your online guide to find the best wines from California and beyond, with an emphasis on small-production 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. Dan’s 26 years of wine-insider knowledge is here to help you buy, visit and taste like The Star You Are!


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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.

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.

Success With Syrah

Two Stories

This is a story about California Syrah and why wineries grow/buy/make/sell it even though the cards are seemingly stacked against them. I sat down with the owners of two very small, high-quality Syrah-centric wineries to understand how they’ve succeeded in this challenging little pocket of the wine business. Their histories and grape sourcing are like night and day, but there’s a similarity to how they have succeeded.

Success With Syrah
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