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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.

This Month's List:

Mountain Wines

10 of my 45 recommendations in the September "This Month’s List" come from mountain vineyards. And, from the structure, acidity, longevity and great taste, you can tell!
From Lagier Meredith to Lampyridae Vineyard on Mt Veeder. From Moon Mountain to Sonoma Mountain in Sonoma. All are unique, rare, outstanding and exceptional values.

Read my Mountain Wine reviews and all the rest.

This Month's List September 2018 45 Great Wine Picks