25 Best Wines at Walmart in 2023 [Shopping List Upgrade!]
From one wine enthusiast to another, your local Walmart will never let you down if you need a great bottle of wine close to home.
Walmart offers more imported varietals than any other chain store, from sweet Rieslings and cigar box Sauvignon Blancs to crisp Zinfandels.
A taste of the world is in your grasp, and you can pick up your weekly groceries at the same time!
In this guide, I recommend the 25 best Walmart wines in 2023, covering popular and less-known varietals from winemakers across the globe.
Value drives this list, and you won't spend more than thirty bucks unless you plump up for one of the special bottles of bubbly.
25. Robert Mondavi Private Selection Bourbon Barrel Aged Cabernet Sauvignon - $12
Aged for ten months in American oak bourbon barrels, Robert Mondavi Barrel Aged Cabernet Sauvignon has the smooth sweetness of bourbon with notes of maple, vanilla, and sweet spice wrapped up with black fruit goodness.
Upon opening aromas of oak, vanilla, dark chocolate, and black cherry immediately fill your nostrils. It pours deep cherry red, with notes of black cherry, stewed plum, oak, and caramel on the palate. A hint of allspice gives it a warm, luscious profile.
Soft, chewy tannins and a full body make this wine a perfect pairing for tart vinaigrettes, stinky cheeses, grilled steak, mushroom dishes, and herby sauces. A delicious red with lots to offer, this is a steal at under $13.
24. Black Box Cabernet Sauvignon - $18
A red wine from Central Valley, Chile, Black Box Cabernet Sauvignon has notes of blue and black fruit, cocoa, and fresh red cherry. It's bright and approachable, with velvety tannins, a soft mouthfeel, and a light, lingering finish.
In 2003, Black Box Wines became the first U.S. wine brand to produce a vintage-dated boxed wine and has since grown into one of the leading wine producers in the States, with vineyards in California and Chile.
Boxed wine still has a bit of a bad reputation but there are some real gems to be found at great value prices.
Black Box Cabernet Sauvignon pours ruby red with a nose of dark fruit, blackberry, and smoky oak with a hint of chocolate. The palate is bright, with dark stewed fruit, brown sugar, and a vanilla and red fruit mid-palate.
I love this wine's soft tannins and smooth, long finish. Pair it with sharp white cheddar, roasted duck breast, lamb shank, portobello mushrooms, and braises.
23. Josh Cellars Merlot - $14
A pure Californian Merlot, Josh Cellars Merlot hits the spout with bright blueberry, raspberry, and violet notes. Medium in body with a delicate texture, it goes down a treat and makes a fantastic sipping wine or paired with food.
Soft and approachable, Josh Cellars Merlot has delicate blueberry and raspberry aromas, with hints of milk chocolate and vanilla. The palate adds plum, oak, and mocha, with a hint of cranberry giving it a tart, complex mid-palate.
A long cocoa powder and mocha finish give this wine an intriguing profile. The rich, bold flavors pair beautifully with soft cheeses, pasta in red sauce, grilled meats, and roasted veg.
22. Woodbridge Cabernet Sauvignon - $10
Woodbridge Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon with 15% other varieties, primarily Shiraz and Merlot. It offers terrific value at under $10 per bottle, with big hits of red fruit and jam, with a spicy, toasted undertone.
Established in 1979, the Woodbridge Winery produces fruit-forward wines with vineyards within the Lodi AVA (American Viticultural Area). Their Cabernet Sauvignon has a rich, lush palate with enough substance to command twice the price.
It pours deep ruby red with a twinge of purple, with a bouquet of cherries, smoky cedar, and brown sugar. Flavors of blackberry, cherry, and tobacco give it excellent depth, with currant, vanilla, and sweet caramel on the finish.
21. Apothic Cab Cabernet Sauvignon - $9
Apothic Cab is a wine I reviewed recently and it really surprised me. It's just bursting with beautiful jammy dark fruit and vanilla.
Although labelled as Cabernet Sauvignon, there's also a healthy dose of Zinfandel grapes included, which play a big part in the character of this wine.
What you get is a bold and fruity wine with mellower tannins than a typical Cab. It's really smooth, very approachable and very hard to put down!
At just $9 it's amazing value for money and a great sipper for in front of the TV.
20. Meiomi Pinot Noir - $19
It's a wine that's a little too sweet for my liking but I know people adore it so I thought I'd include it.
It's big on jammy fruit with plum and black cherry lifted by a lighter candied strawberry note. The finish is long and ends on that sweet strawberry. The tannins are really fine and there's very little acidity for a Pinot Noir.
It's a real crowd pleaser of a wine that's great for a party where there might be people that don't drink a lot of wine.
Looking for more great value Pinot? Don't miss our guide to Pinot Noir at Costco!
19. Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay - $13
Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay is made with Chardonnay from Monterey County, Santa Barbara County, and Mendocino County. These regions produce tart and sweet grapes and benefit from different soil minerals.
Light gold in color, Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay has a buttery nose with notes of brown butter, vanilla, oak, and caramel. Tropical lychee and mango flavors develop on the palate, leading to pear, citrus, and vanilla.
It's off-dry, with a silky texture and a crisp profile. Pair it with langoustines, clams, mussels, and scallops. It also makes an excellent pairing for salted caramel desserts.
18. Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc - $12
Crisp, acidic, and packed with citrusy flavors, Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc is the ultimate expression of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Expect tart citrus, grapefruit, and lemon on the palate, with a bouquet of lemon, lime, and passion fruit.
Oyster Bay is one of New Zealand's top producers of Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, with its inaugural vintage winning best Sauvignon Blanc at the 1991 International Wine and Spirit Competition. Now that's impressive!
New Zealand's cool climate viticulture produces exceptionally citrusy grapes, which is what you get here. Pale straw green in color, the nose burst with citrus, lemon, kiwi, and a touch of zest. The palate offers up melon with grapefruit and pear notes.
Dry with a twinge of sweetness, I love this wine with sushi, grilled seafood, leafy salads, and calamari. It's also perfect for sipping on a hot day.
17. Barefoot Pinot Grigio - $9
Barefoot Pinot Grigio covers you when you need a refreshing, approachable white wine. Produced in California, it's off-dry, with medium acidity, medium alcohol, and popular flavors of peach, apple, melon, and citrus.
Barefoot wines is a Californian wine producer driven by value. Their wines are known for affordability and flavor and include popular varietals like Pinot Grigio and lesser-known varietals like Moscato.
Off-white with a golden tinge, this Pinot Grigio displays a Meyer lemon and lime nose with notes of pear and melon. The palate is zingy and fresh, with a dry, chalky mouthfeel leading to flavors of white peach, green apple, and yellow melon.
Light-bodied and approachable, look no further for a crowd-pleasing white wine. Pair it with white fish, pizza, antipasti, and chicken alfredo.
16. Chateau Ste. Michelle Columbia Valley Riesling - $8
The first entry from Columbia Valley, Washington, Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling is sweet, peachy, and luscious. It pairs perfectly with desserts and salty dishes.
Chateau Ste. Michelle is Washington's oldest winery in Woodinville, near Seattle, with vineyards in the Columbia Valley. Their Riesling is made with old vines, which produce intense, sweet grapes with tropical notes.
Peach and apple blossom on the nose, and crisp apple and soft apricot in the mouth lead to a chalky minerality. It's effortlessly enjoyable, with a rich, decadent finish of lime leaf, slate, freshly pressed apple juice, and honeydew.
Although sweet enough as a dessert wine, I enjoy this Riesling most with oysters, scallops, and other light seafood cooked with garlic.
15. La Crema Sonoma Coast Chardonnay - $19
The long, cool growing conditions of the Sonoma Coast produce incredibly buttery Chardonnay. La Crema Sonoma Coast Chardonnay perfectly reflects this, with fruity, juicy flavors to create a balanced tipple.
Jackson Family Wines own La Crema. The original name - La Crema Viñera - means "best of the vine," reflecting the winery's passion for quality. They produce gorgeous Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Gris too.
Sonoma Coast Chardonnay pours pale yellow gold with a bouquet of nectarine, white flowers, butter, and vanilla. On the palate, smooth butter, oak, and honeysuckle flavors are balanced with apple, pear, and apricot notes.
This wine's creamy quality and dry, long finish capped with apricot make it a perfect match for smoked meats, steak and eggs, grilled cheese, and roasted bell peppers. Anything smoky and oaky goes beautifully with it.
Note: It's actually available a bit cheaper at Safeway.
14. Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc - $15
Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc is a fruity delight from Marlborough, New Zealand. It's got those big tropical fruit notes that this type of wine is known for alongside some citrus, and fresh-cut grass notes.
It's dry but a little extra residual sugar offsets the bright acidity of the grape really beautifully.
Founded in 1996, Kim Crawford winery specializes in Sauvignon Blanc and is one of New Zealand's top wine producers. They are most famous for their Illuminate Sauvignon Blanc - a super-low calorie and alcohol wine.
The standard Sauvignon Blanc has a 13% ABV, pouring pale straw yellow with lemon, guava, and passion fruit on the nose. The palate introduces melon, passion fruit, grapefruit, and lime, with subtle grass and orange blossom notes.
Fresh oysters, steamed mussels and clams, lobster roll, and chicken creaser salad are perfect food pairings for this fresh, fruity number.
Check out my full review or watch the video on our YouTube channel below.
13. Robert Mondavi Private Selection Chardonnay - $9
Creamy flavors of baked apples and notes of vanilla bean, butter, and lime give Robert Mondavi Private Selection Chardonnay a decadent profile. You can't go wrong for under $10, and the soft texture pairs with most creamy foods.
Robert Mondavi produces exceptional Napa Valley wines at affordable prices. The Private Selection Chardonnay is produced with hand-selected grapes, with 30% matured in French and American oak barrels to develop a complex flavor.
Golden in color, this Chardonnay bursts with aromas and flavors of oak, vanilla, butterscotch, and peach. The mid-palate takes on a buttery tone, with a velvety texture and hints of melon and nectarine. The finish is long with caramel notes.
Strong cheeses like Camembert, blue cheese, and English hard cheddar go wonderfully with this wine. Serve it alongside crackers and dips for a delicious snack.
12. Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc - $30
This is my overall favorite Sauvignon Blanc at Walmart. It has that citrusy, grapefruit taste I crave and a silky-smooth mouthfeel to die for. Tropical notes of kiwi and passion fruit make it a pleasure to drink on hot days.
Cloudy Bay Vineyards is based in New Zealand, with vineyards in Marlborough and Central Otago. Most famous for Sauvignon Blanc, the winery is famously named after the stretch of coast named by James Cook in his 1770 voyage.
Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc has an appealing nose of ripe passionfruit, white peach, kiwi, and lime. The palate is tropical, with nectarine and lemon zest developing on the mid-palate – a dry, citrusy finish keeps everything refreshing.
Try this wine with chicken salad, turkey sandwiches, pulled pork, halibut, monkfish, and calamari. The tropical notes also pair well with salty snacks.
11. Kim Crawford Rosé - $15
Kim Crawford Rosé is a crowd-pleasing pink wine with sweet notes of strawberry laces, watermelon, and raspberry with a bold cherry undertone. Soft and smooth, it has excellent acidity, with a dry mouthfeel and a mineral edge.
Produced with 100% Merlot from Hawke's Bay, New Zealand, this rosé has sweet flavors without residual sugar. The result is a balanced wine suitable for fish, poultry, and pasta pairings – perfect when you need one wine for everything.
Vibrant, inviting aromas of fresh summer fruits and citrus lead to a candy-like palate of strawberry and watermelon. A citrus undertone gives it a sharp edge, with hints of lemon, orange, and grapefruit. The finish is fruity and long.
Carbonara, deviled eggs, savory pastries, herby crackers, soft cheeses, and antipasti with olives and balsamic go well with this rosé.
10. Dark Horse Rosé - $9
Fresh summer fruits and bright, floral notes give Dark Horse Rosé a sumptuously refreshing profile. Made from Zinfandel, it is light, crisp, and dry, bursting with strawberries – a perfect choice for those who enjoy lighter wines.
At under $9, this is one of the cheapest rosés you can pick up at Walmart, but it's also one of the best. The Dark Horse winery operates Demeter-certified estate vineyards, producing award-winning Californian wines that are big on value.
Spin the top, and you're greeted with a floral bouquet of white flowers, rose blossoms, and ripe strawberries. Strawberry, raspberry, and melon flavors coat the tongue, and subtle minerality and hints of cherry give it a savory, enjoyable finish.
This wine's floral, fruity character enhances spicy dishes, with Cajun seafood, chicken fajitas, and Singapore rice noodles pairing particularly well.
9. Stella Rosa Pink - $10
The first entry from Italy, Stella Rosa Pink, is a semi-sweet, semi-sparkling wine made from the Moscato grape. It balances ripe, tart flavors with notes of cotton candy, fruit punch, and peach, delivering a highly refreshing wine experience.
Stela Rosa produces wines in Asti, a province in Piedmont, Italy, using traditional winemaking techniques. Their "frizzante," or semi-sparkling, wines are delicious, with a soft, smooth mouthfeel brought to life with subtle effervescence.
Stella Rosa Pink is salmon pink in color, pouring with a gentle fizz with aromas of wild strawberry, rose petals, and cream. Fresh strawberry and raspberry flavors, with a hint of cotton candy, give it a fun, youthful vibe.
I love this wine with fresh berries, watermelon, grapes, and other juicy fresh fruit, and it also makes a great pairing with fruit salad.
8. Whispering Angel Rosé - $22
The French know how to make delicious rosé from Grenache, and Whispering Angel Rosé is no exception. Bone-dry with bundles of fruity flavors and a tropical twist, it's a super-refreshing and terrific value wine at just under $22 per bottle (you can get this rosé a few bucks cheaper at Costco).
Produced by Château d'Esclans, one of France's most famous winemakers, Whispering Angel Rosé is made with Grenache from the cool hills of Provence. It is aged in barrels for ten months, developing rich, red fruit flavors.
On the nose, this rosé bursts with strawberries, peaches, and lemon zest, with a hint of grapefruit. The palate is refined, with strawberry, watermelon, and cherry notes. The dry, crisp mouthfeel leads to a citrusy, lemony finish.
Fatty fish like salmon, soft cheeses, lightly grilled steaks, pink lamb, and Waldorf salad goes well with this sumptuously smooth rosé.
7. Chandon California Brut Sparkling Wine - $18
Made with 65% Chardonnay and 35% Pinot Noir grapes, Chandon California Brut Sparkling Wine pairs the creaminess of Chardonnay with the light fruitiness of Pinot Grigio, giving you a perfectly balanced bubbly in the Brut style.
Brut sparkling wine is not dry but slightly sweet with a raw, acidic edge that cuts through fatty foods. Chandon's interpretation is buttery smooth and brighter than expected, with fresh tree fruit notes and a delicate citrus underpinning.
On the nose, this Brut impresses with apple and pear aromas with a hint of citrus and allspice. The palate is deliciously creamy, with apple and caramel, brioche, and apricot notes with fine bubbles delivering pops of citrus.
Chandon California Brut is a fantastic wine to pair with light seafood, fish, and chicken, and it also works well with pork chops and apple sauce.
6. La Marca Prosecco - $15
When life calls for Prosecco, reach for La Marca Prosecco. Made from the thin-skinned Glera grape, La Marca is extra dry with fresh, floral notes. Elegant bubbles and mild creaminess give it a luxurious mouthfeel.
Established in 1968, La Marca is an Italian producer of Prosecco DOC and DOCG sparkling wines. They have vineyards in the Veneto and Friuli-Venezia Giulia regions of northeastern Italy, with over 5,000 winegrowers.
La Marca Prosecco is a delicate, fruity sparkling wine with a refreshing palate. Aromas of apple, lemon, white flower, and grapefruit lead to light flavors of apple, pear, melon, white peach, and citrus, with brioche on the finish.
The delicate flavors and light bubbles in this Prosecco make it a perfect pairing with cheese boards, pizza, cheesy pasta, stuffed mushrooms, and quiches.
Note: You can usually pick this up even cheaper at Whole Foods.
5. Bartenura Moscato D’Asti - $13
Semi-sweet wines don't come finer than Bartenura Moscato D'Asti. Made from Moscato Bianco grown in Piemonte, Italy, it has only a 7% ABV and a light, creamy palate brimming with white peach, pear, and honey flavors.
Moscato Bianco is an aromatic, sugary grape with low acidity and intense fruit flavors. The Bartenura winery specializes in Moscato D'Asti, a half-sparkling style wine (frizzante) with light acidity and an intensively sweet palate.
Light golden in color, this sparkling wine has tiny, persistent bubbles and a floral nose of white flowers, cherry blossoms, and apricot. Flavors of pear, green apple, and peach dominate, with an undertone of melon, lychee, and honeydew.
Bartenura Moscato D'Asti pairs well with creamy and fruity desserts, cakes, pastries, and fruit salads like all semi-sweet wines.
4. Stella Rosa Black - $20
Stella Rosa Black is a unique, semi-sweet, semi-sparkling red wine with jammy dark fruit flavors. Made primarily from the Brachetto grape from the Piedmont region of Northern Italy, it has a light body and a lush fruitiness.
Lots of bubbles, black fruit aromas, and red fruit flavors give this wine a decadent profile perfect for sipping in front of the fire.
It has a nose of cherry, plum, raspberry, and chocolate, with a palate of raspberry coulis, ripe strawberry, and stewed blackberry. Despite being a sparkling red wine, it is light, with low tannins and a semi-sweet finish.
Try this wine with chocolatey and mocha desserts like brownies, dark chocolate souffle, tiramisu, and mocha truffle cheesecake.
3. Martini & Rossi Asti - $10
With fresh notes of white peach, apple, and sweet wild sage, Martini & Rossi Asti is a morish, herby delight. It's made from Moscato Bianco grapes in the semi-sweet style, with fine bubbles and a peach cobbler nose.
Founded in the mid-1800s as Distilleria Nazionale di Spirito di Vino, Martini & Rossi is an Italian producer of sweet wines and the world's leading Vermouth producer – a fortified wine flavored with herbs and spices.
Their Asti is a sweet, delicious sparkling wine with a light, fruity taste. The nose and palate burst with peach, orange, apricot, and coriander, with hints of honey. Left to air, it takes on apple and melon notes. The finish is long and zingy.
I love this wine with savory pastries, salted peanuts, plain tortilla chips with sour cream, white chocolate mousse, and peach cobbler.
2. Ruffino Prosecco - $12
You don't have to spend a small fortune on a great Prosecco. Ruffino Prosecco costs less than $13 at Walmart and impresses with subtle creaminess, elegant bubbles, and intense flavors of apple and peach with a long, dry finish.
Produced from Glera grapes grown in the hilly region of Valdobbiadene, Italy, this sparkling wine has DOC status, marking it as an exceptional wine. It's perfect for sipping, savoring, and enjoying with friends during celebrations.
A nose of apple and pear develops into creamy lemon and white blossom, with peach, apple, melon, and cream flavors. The mid-palate has a touch of yeast and citrus, with a crisp, long finish of apple and grapefruit.
Extra dry and full of flavor, I adore this Prosecco with linguine, carbonara, antipasti, ricotta, burrata, and broccoli with Formaggio di Fossa.
1. Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Champagne - $60
I end the list with the best Champagne at Walmart. Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Champagne costs a snip under $60 and is worth every cent with rich, dense bubbles, flavors of Anjou pear, and a toasty, biscuity mid-palate.
Veuve Clicquot is one of the finest Champagne producers in France, with a history stretching back to 1772. Madame Clicquot is credited with inventing the riddling table process to clarify Champagne in 1816 – a process used in Yellow Label Champagne today.
Golden yellow with large, persistent bubbles, this Champagne pours beautifully. The light, complex nose has notes of peach, raisin, cream, citrus, and vanilla, with the palate adding a dose of yellow apple, pear, and lime.
Acidic and dry, this bubbly always goes down a treat. Pair it with lobster, pan-fried scallops, foie gras, cheese boards, and buttered popcorn.