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Winking Owl Vineyards

600 YOSEMITE BLVD
MODESTO, CA View map

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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...

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

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Winking Owl Vineyards on Snooth

  • 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 palmer1943@bellsouth.net 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

    Snoothrank:

    I LIKE IT. GREAT WINE FOR THE PRICE Read More

    Wine review by Piscura


  • can you buy this wine online?

    Comment by 1285549Susannah Cole 1285549 Susannah Cole


  • 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. Help...is 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

    Snoothrank:

    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


  • I am 75 + and a home brewer of mostly beer. I am very impressed with Winking Owl wines I purchase at the local Aldi's market. I have been given expensive wines from friends but none are smooth as Winking Owl.

    Comment by 1130334Johnnygo73 1130334 Johnnygo73


  • Winking Owl Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Los Angeles County 2007

    Snoothrank:

    No written review

    Wine review by alanb1108


  • Winking Owl Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Los Angeles County 2007

    Snoothrank:

    No written review

    Wine review by spicyramen


  • Winking Owl Vineyards Chardonnay Los Angeles County 2008

    Snoothrank:

    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

    Snoothrank:

    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

    Snoothrank:

    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


  • Winking Owl Vineyards Chardonnay Los Angeles County 2008

    Snoothrank:

    For the price of 2.99 at Aldis here in Alsip, IL I have to say its a steal and half! Tastes great, better than some more pricey wines and for 2.99 in these times PERFECT Read More

    Wine review by alanb1108


  • Winking Owl Vineyards Shiraz Los Angeles County NV

    Snoothrank:

    No written review

    Wine review by Miteko


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