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

  • Merlot

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

  • Zinfandel

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Syrah

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

  • 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

  • Does the Winking Owl vineyards have a website?

    Comment by 1912343Jeff Bjune 1912343 Jeff Bjune

  • Just bought a bottle of winking owl this new...first time I saw it at aldi

    Comment by 1903324Snoother 1903324 1903324 Snoother 1903324

  • does winking owl white Zin contain arsnic?

    Comment by 1840325simbaboy 1840325 simbaboy

  • Hello all, can i buy Winking owl wines somewhre else than Aldi ? Somewhere online ? I am living at southwest Florida and closest Aldi is 90 miles.

    Comment by 1809175Akcizur 1809175 Akcizur

  • Yes. I have a question. First I like Winking Owl Merlot and White Zinfandel. I just want to know what the percentage of alcohol is. It is not stated on any of the bottles. Please email me the answer at Thanks

    Comment by 1807143Robert Palmer 1807143 Robert Palmer

  • Brought (smuggled!) 7 bottles of Pinot Grigiot back to Canada from Florida. A wine of this quality would cost at least 4 times the almost $3 I paid. Not a connoisseur, but I know what I like..............and I like this. :)

    Comment by 1697884Snoother 1697884 1697884 Snoother 1697884

  • Mellow and sedate Pinot Grigio. RLD Fort Wayne, IN

    Comment by 1463764rebeccaldouglas 1463764 rebeccaldouglas

  • Where can I buy these varieties in the greater Houston area? Trader Joe's says they don't have it....

    Comment by 1454910Snoother 1454910 1454910 Snoother 1454910

  • I'm enjoying Winking Owl Chardonnay right now. Taste is very good for a sub-$5 wine. Lots of fruit flavors with hint of wood barrel vintage. I am a "two buck chuck" fan and think Winking Owl Chardonnay is better. It also rivals Woodbridge Chardonnay.Thanks. merry Christmas and God Bless. JMC

    Comment by 1423587Snoother 1423587 1423587 Snoother 1423587

  • Bought a few bottles for Thanksgiving. Family is not that much along the lines of wine drinkers. So many open bottles and none often are finished. It always seems kind of a waste to have several bottles half empty. So this year I picked up a few bottles from Aldis. The Shiraz was very pleasing. It had a great bouquet and while being fairly ...

    Comment by 1416577Snoother 1416577 1416577 Snoother 1416577

  • Winking Owl Vineyards Shiraz Los Angeles County NV


    I really like this wine, I have been drinking it for a couple of years and I think it is the best one that Winking Owl makes and tastes as good and better than some much more expensive wines I've tried. I too would like to see them try a Pinot Grigio or a Sauvignon Blanc. Read More

    Wine review by Jmbee

  • Winking Owl Vineyards Chardonnay Los Angeles County 2004


    i had a bottle of chardonnay that tasted watered down. Pour that shit out! bought it for about 4 or 5 dollars at a cheap store that you have to bag your own food. Wont be buying that anymore. Read More

    Wine review by lgray

  • Winking Owl Vineyards Shiraz Los Angeles County NV


    No written review

    Wine review by jbrumley

  • Winking Owl Vineyards Merlot Los Angeles County 2004


    GREAT bottle of wine. Nice to have at the table at dinner every night. Smooth and tasty-Also very good price under $4 Read More

    Wine review by holtzmeg

  • Winking Owl Vineyards Shiraz Los Angeles County NV


    I sure would like to see a blanc or pinot grigio from Winking owl, Are there any?? Read More

    Wine review by laszlocooley3

  • Winking Owl Vineyards Shiraz Los Angeles County NV


    No written review

    Wine review by kettlesl

  • I'm getting married next April in NYC. I was thinking of giving a bottle of Red and White as gift favors for all. I know everyone dose not share our indulgence, but I think its better then some Bell with our names and the date. Is this a good idea?Can anyone recommend a good "cheap" 3-6 dollars a btl? I would buy by the case.I don't think I wou... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wine as gift favor???

  • Winking Owl Vineyards Chardonnay Los Angeles County 2008


    CHEAP bottle of wine! and by that i mean inexpensive. this is honestly one of my very favorites though. started drinking it for the price tag, but stands up to much pricier bottles. it's a crisp, refreshing chardonnay. not oaky, and that's the way i like it. Read More

    Wine review by bclementz

  • Winking Owl Vineyards Shiraz Los Angeles County NV


    sweet berry on the nose, red licorice with spiciness and a soft oak on the tongue. I liked it! Not bad for Aldi's! Read More

    Wine review by dkmrd5

  • Winking Owl Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Los Angeles County NV


    Light, transparent ruby color, has a nose of sweet berry, very reminiscent of a white zin, very light texture in the mouth, with light berry, slightly dryer than a white zin, oak was very weak. Okay for a beginner wine drinker. Read More

    Wine review by dkmrd5

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