Winking Owl Vineyards

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Winking Owl is a value-priced brand of wines produced in California. It’s a private label of Aldi supermarket chain (originally based in Germany, now scattered throughout the US). The wine under $5 wine is their equivalent of “Two Buck Chuck” and has garnered a devoted fanbase for its value. 

– Description from Amanda Schuster

Varietals Produced by Winking Owl Vineyards View all

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

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Winking Owl Vineyards on Snooth

  • One of my favorites and so inexpensive. I was glad to have tried it at a friend's house and couldn't believe it was only $2.98 per bottle. Now I purposely go to Aldi for a couple of bottles to keep in my stock.

    Comment by 2121349Snoother 2121349 2121349 Snoother 2121349

  • Best bang for your buck Merlot goes down real smooth served it tonite. Everyone enjoyed it and they only paid$6 per glass lol

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  • Hi!!! Hi smoother, could you atleast make it obvious that you aren't changing screen names. Lol #idoit. Right there. Aldis brand is amazing! If you don't think it, stop buying it and stop being negative about us one that do love it. #getalife. Rant over.

    Comment by 2116986Snoother 2116986 2116986 Snoother 2116986

  • The White Zinfandel is Very Good! I found it by accident, but will buy no other now. Beautiful flavor! I'm so impressed that I'm literally telling my friends to try it. It beats all of the others hands down. Thank you for a beautiful product! T Phipps Nashville, TN

    Comment by 2112554Snoother 2112554 2112554 Snoother 2112554

  • Can anyone tell me what the white blend box tastes like? Is it comparable to a Chardonnay, Pinot G or Moscato. I am dying to try but I am worried it may be too sweet.

    Comment by 2106215Melissa Fogarty Small 2106215 Melissa Fogarty Small

  • Winking Owl Vineyards Chardonnay Los Angeles County 2008


    I was pleasantly surprised by this wine and highly enjoyed it. I bought it for a recipe, and I ended up finishing the rest of the bottle that day because it was so good. I'm normally a red girl, but this was a nicely robust and nuanced white. Read More

    Wine review by Bazil323

  • Thank you for an inexpensive but nice wine. I have enjoyed many finer wines (throughout many countries and I grew up in the Bay Area) and your Merlot is my go to for many recipes as well as for my everyday glass. As for a previous comment regarding the Alcohol content, look on the front label in the corner.

    Comment by 2103980Snoother 2103980 2103980 Snoother 2103980

  • Worst wine ever! How can they allow you to be on business, Just terrible wine!!! =(

    Comment by 2103877Snoother 2103877 2103877 Snoother 2103877

  • Hey idiots. Could you at least add the alcohol content on your cheap wine? There is NOWHERE on the bottle. Sincerely from Chicago, IL Thanks!

    Comment by 2103877Snoother 2103877 2103877 Snoother 2103877

  • Fantastic Pinot Grigio bought it yesterday for $2.95 at Aldis strictly for cooking after sampling the wine went back today and bought a case I have paid a lot more for worse tasting wine Give it an A Kenny Bradenton fl

    Comment by 2101232Snoother 2101232 2101232 Snoother 2101232

  • Love the wine not sure on the boxes

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  • Winking Owl Vineyards Merlot Los Angeles County 2012


    Subtle flavors of black cherry, mixed berries and a hint of vanilla. Pairs well with steak, pork and pasta//ALDI Read More

    Wine review by RDDEES

  • Winking Owl Vineyards Shiraz Los Angeles County NV



    Wine review by Piscura

  • SUBJECT: Winking Owl wines at Aldi FoodsHello Wine Lovers;Aldi seems to have ... just recently supplanted the Winking Owl Vineyards with a new vintner called Universal Wine Network...Any body see this? THE WINE IS REALLY BAD COMPARED to the Winking Owl bottler. it just me or am I correct....UGH//.......lja/JMJ e-mail me @ Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth! by 1170414Lou J Apa 1170414 Lou J Apa

  • Winking Owl Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Los Angeles County NV


    Literally smells like fresh fruit, lightly of cloves and vanilla, but almost no oak. I was surprised at the jammy flavor and medium mouth-feel. Decent wine for the price, light lunch, or picnic. Read More

    Wine review by Nerdmom920

  • Winking Owl Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Los Angeles County 2007


    No written review

    Wine review by alanb1108

  • Winking Owl Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Los Angeles County 2007


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    Wine review by spicyramen

  • Winking Owl Vineyards Chardonnay Los Angeles County 2008


    we love the wine and no after taste. price is 2.99 in monroe mi at our aldi store. the zinfendel is also great. aldi comes out of new york and is a no frill market with very low prices. we rent the shopping cart for a quarter and get it back when done shopping. love the wine, both my husband and i Read More

    Wine review by deebalk

  • Winking Owl Vineyards Shiraz Los Angeles County NV


    I just tried it for the first time. I am used to decent red wines like Robert Mondavi, Kendall Jackson, usually ordered out for $10.00-$15.00 a glass. This has a wonderful oak flavor and is really nice and the price is fantastic at $2.69! Would buy again! Very Pleased:) Read More

    Wine review by Mimi32286

  • Winking Owl Vineyards Shiraz Los Angeles County NV


    My husband and I love wine and just recently started going to the Aldi's store in our area. We just happened to see this wine and thought for the low price we could not afford to "not" try it and we were very pleasantly surprised. We both would describe it as full bodied will have it with our steak dinner tonight! We will definitely buy this again. Read More

    Wine review by jcwil

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