Napa Valley finds at under $65

Smith-Madrone 2022 C Wesley Steffens

Top tips around an unlikely theme from someone who knows how to sniff out the bargains.

It’s a common criticism: Napa Valley wines are too expensive. As the prestige of the region has increased, so has the price of land, the expense of farming, and the overall cost of living. Altogether it means the investment needed to make wine from the region is simply higher, too.

Finding bottles from the Napa Valley that over-deliver on quality for their price point can seem challenging but it is not impossible. I spent part of this year seeking out wines on the more affordable...