Great Valued California Wines? Recommendations? $10-$20 & $20-$30 Price Ranges?


All,
I'm headed out to the West Coast next week and will be visiting for 2 weeks. I'm travelling on a budget and would like to experience all of the great wines California has to offer. Being from the east coast, its very difficult to get Non-Sonoma / Napa Valley wines back home. I'd like to experience wines from all the regions of California and even some from Oregon.
I'm hoping all of you out there can recommend some good wines at a great value. I plan on purchasing around a dozen bottles to bring back home. I'd like to buy 6 - 8 bottles in the $10 - $20 range, around 4 bottles in the $20 - $30 range, and possibly one or two at the $30 - $45 range. I'd like to incorporate wines from all of the regions of California. I'm a big fan of Cabernets, Pinots, Chardonnays, Syrahs, Sauvignon Blancs, and Sparkling wines.
All feedback is greatly appreciated.
Thanks,
- Dave
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dcostantiello

Some examples of what you may be looking for:
Cheap $10-$20
Whites
Chardonnay, Edna Valley Vineyards, Paragon 2004, San Luis Obispo $10 Chardonnay, Gainey Vineyard 2003, Santa Ynez $13 Chenin Blanc, Vinum Cellars Chard-No-Way 2004, Clarksburg $9 Riesling, Gainey Vineyard 2004, Santa Ynez $11 Roussanne/Viognier/Marsanne, Edmunds St John,Blonk 2002,Paso Robles $18 Sauvignon Blanc, Gainey Vineyard 2003, Santa Ynez $12 Sauvignon Blanc, Bernardus 2003, Monterey $15 Sauvignon Blanc, Windsor Vineyards Private Reserve 2005, Mendocino $16
Reds
Cabernet Sauvignon, Grand Estates, Columbia Crest 2002, Washington $8 Grenache/ Mourvedre/Syrah, Cote D`Avila 2001, Avila, Santa Barbara $12 Merlot, Gainey Vineyard 2002 $15 Pinot Noir, Kenwood Vineyards 2004, Russian River $18 Pinot Noir, Cartlidge & Browne 2004, California $10 Pinot Noir, King Estate 2002, Lorane Valley Oregon $16 Pinot Noir, Martin Ray Winery 2004, Angeline Russian River $10
Sparkling
Scharffenburger, Brut, NV, Mendocino County $13 Laetitia, Brut NV Cuvée, San Luis Obispo $16
Mid-range $20-$30
Whites
Dry Riesling, Gainey Vineyard 2003, Santa Ynez $16 Sauvignon Blanc/Riesling, Cuvée Natalie Brander 2003, Santa Ynez $20 Sauvignon, au Naturel Brander 2003, Santa Ynez $29 Sauvignon Blanc, Brander Cuvée Nicolas 2003, Santa Ynez $25
Reds
Cabernet Sauvignon, J. Bookwalter 2001, Columbia Valley, Washington $27 Pinot Noir, La Crema 2004, Russian River $29 Syrah, Fagan Creek Horsley Vineyard 2002, Dunnigan Hills, Yolo County $20 Syrah, Trois Voyelles 2003, Alexander Valley $25
Sparkling
Handley Cellars, Brut 2000, Anderson Valley $32
Expensive $30-$40
Whites
Chardonnay, American Oak Reserve 2004, Roche Winery,Carneros $31 Chardonnay, Foley Estates Winery 2004, Rancho Santa Rosa $30
Reds
Cabernet Sauvignon, L'Ecole No 41 2001, Columbia Valley, Washington $37 Pinot Noir, Clos Pepe Estate 2004, Santa Rita $45 Pinot Noir, De La Montanya Winery, Tinas Vineyard 2004, Russian River $30 Syrah, Foley Santa Rita Hills 2004, Santa Barbara County $37
Sparkling
Jeriko Estate, Brut 2001, Russian River $50
Cheers,
Richard in Canada
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Richard
Do the Mounties deliver, eh? > > > Some examples of what you may be looking for: > > > Cheap $10-$20 > > > Whites > > Chardonnay, Edna Valley Vineyards, Paragon 2004, San Luis Obispo $10 > Chardonnay, Gainey Vineyard 2003, Santa Ynez $13 > Chenin Blanc, Vinum Cellars Chard-No-Way 2004, Clarksburg $9 > Riesling, Gainey Vineyard 2004, Santa Ynez $11 > Roussanne/Viognier/Marsanne, Edmunds St John,Blonk 2002,Paso Robles $18 > Sauvignon Blanc, Gainey Vineyard 2003, Santa Ynez $12 > Sauvignon Blanc, Bernardus 2003, Monterey $15 > Sauvignon Blanc, Windsor Vineyards Private Reserve 2005, Mendocino $16 > > Reds > > Cabernet Sauvignon, Grand Estates, Columbia Crest 2002, Washington $8 > Grenache/ Mourvedre/Syrah, Cote D`Avila 2001, Avila, Santa Barbara $12 > Merlot, Gainey Vineyard 2002 $15 > Pinot Noir, Kenwood Vineyards 2004, Russian River $18 > Pinot Noir, Cartlidge & Browne 2004, California $10 > Pinot Noir, King Estate 2002, Lorane Valley Oregon $16 > Pinot Noir, Martin Ray Winery 2004, Angeline Russian River $10 > > Sparkling > > Scharffenburger, Brut, NV, Mendocino County $13 > Laetitia, Brut NV Cuvée, San Luis Obispo $16 > > > > Mid-range $20-$30 > > > Whites > > Dry Riesling, Gainey Vineyard 2003, Santa Ynez $16 > Sauvignon Blanc/Riesling, Cuvée Natalie Brander 2003, Santa Ynez $20 > Sauvignon, au Naturel Brander 2003, Santa Ynez $29 > Sauvignon Blanc, Brander Cuvée Nicolas 2003, Santa Ynez $25 > > Reds > > Cabernet Sauvignon, J. Bookwalter 2001, Columbia Valley, Washington $27 > Pinot Noir, La Crema 2004, Russian River $29 > Syrah, Fagan Creek Horsley Vineyard 2002, Dunnigan Hills, Yolo County > $20 > Syrah, Trois Voyelles 2003, Alexander Valley $25 > > Sparkling > > Handley Cellars, Brut 2000, Anderson Valley $32 > > > > Expensive $30-$40 > > > Whites > > Chardonnay, American Oak Reserve 2004, Roche Winery,Carneros $31 > Chardonnay, Foley Estates Winery 2004, Rancho Santa Rosa $30 > > Reds > > Cabernet Sauvignon, L'Ecole No 41 2001, Columbia Valley, Washington $37 > Pinot Noir, Clos Pepe Estate 2004, Santa Rita $45 > Pinot Noir, De La Montanya Winery, Tinas Vineyard 2004, Russian River > $30 > Syrah, Foley Santa Rita Hills 2004, Santa Barbara County $37 > > Sparkling > > Jeriko Estate, Brut 2001, Russian River $50 > > Cheers, > > Richard in Canada
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Joe \"Beppe\"Rosenberg
"Joe \"Beppe\"Rosenberg" wrote in news:XMqdnf8Y4Jt_xQ7ZnZ2dnUVZ_tGdnZ2d@comcast.com: > Do the Mounties deliver, eh?
Joe\"Beppe": I wish! Living with our Société des alcools du Québec, I am blessed with a very good assortment of wines from most every wine producing region that interests me. Unfortunately I am cursed with absurdly high prices for most of them. I live in Buenos Aires for a few months every winter where luckily I am able to "subsidize" my wine purchases at home with the ridiculously cheap, yet fine, product sold there. I also spend a lot of time in the US where the competition driven marketplace affords me many bargains. As a matter of fact, some top end Argentinian wines sell for less in export markets than they do domestically in BsAs. Dumping or familiarization, either way I readily snap them up.
Cheers,
Richard in Canada
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Richard

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