21 Outstanding Wines at Whole Foods in 2023
You don't need to spend a hundred bucks for a fantastic bottle of wine - $20 and a visit to Whole Foods is all it takes for a divine tipple.
While Whole Foods doesn’t have a stellar reputation for wine, there are hidden gems to be found if you know what to look for.
In this guide, I reveal the 21 best wines at Whole Foods that will change your perception on the wine selection there.
Read on to discover fantastic red, white, rosé, and sparkling wines at great prices.
Best Red Wines at Whole Foods
Red wines are the tipple of choice for pairing with boldly flavored meats, smoked cheeses, and roasted dishes.
Whole Foods has plenty of decent red wines, but you'll have to spend at least $15 to get your hands on them.
These are the best drinking red wines at Whole Foods:
Oregon Trails Wine Company Pinot Noir $18
Oregon Trails Wine Company Pinot Noir is a delicious, ruby red Pinot Noir from the Willamette Valley.
This sub-$20 wine tastes twice as expensive with a medium body, a lush mouthfeel, and vibrant acidity, perfect for pairing with steak.
Aromas of dark cherry, cranberry, strawberry, and red currant lead to pure flavors of cherry and raspberry with a hint of earth and spice. Moderate, supple tannins and baking spices on the finish provide a savory note for easy drinkability.
This wine's extended, juicy flavors make it a perfect pairing with hearty dishes like lasagna, duck, game, casseroles, and stews like beef bourguignon. It's my favorite Pinot at Whole Foods and it's great value at just $18.
Chacewater Petite Sirah $18
If you adore the full body and dense mouthfeel of Petite Sirah, you will love Chacewater Petite Sirah.
For less than $20, you get a wine rich in plums and smokey dark-berried fruits with a hint of pepper and licorice.
Slightly dry with a silky-smooth mouthfeel, I love this wine's easy drinkability. The black fruit flavors include blackberry and blueberry with a hint of goji berry, while the aromas of fruit, spice, and licorice give it a sweet, spicy note.
Venison, ribs, roasted pork, and glazed ham go beautifully with this Petite Sirah, but it also works well with cheeses and veggie stews.
Birichino Besson Vineyard Old Vines Grenache 2018 $25
For $25, there isn't a finer Grenache at Whole Foods. The Birichino Besson Vineyard Old Vines Grenache explodes with notes of wild strawberry, pomegranate, strawberry, and anise with a smooth, supple mouthfeel.
To say this wine goes down a treat is an understatement. It's silky-smooth and brimming with fruity, earthy aromas and flavors. A candied ripe fruit undertone gives it sweetness, and the medium body gives it a lighter finish.
With an ABV of 13.5% and a highly flavorsome palate, this wine is perfect with grilled meats and slow-cooked meats like brisket.
Try it with beef chuck roast, lamb shanks, pork shoulder, beef short ribs, and flank steak for a flavor sensation!
Frey Biodynamic Field Blend $15
Frey wines are organic with no added sulfites and they have a big emphasis on sustainability. They manage to make great wine at the same time, which makes you wonder why so many wineries are so slow to adopt these practices.
It has a medium-full body with flavors of red boysenberry, apple, caramel, licorice, and dark candied fruits.
Taut boysenberry, graphite, and caramel on the nose give way to blackberry and pure apple flavors with a hint of leather.
Rich with lots of tannin, I love this wine with savory pairings. Enjoy it on its own and at the dinner table with flank steak, venison, paella with sausage, penne with porcini mushrooms, and roasted meats in dark sauces.
For sure, this Frey blend is one of the best organic wines at Whole Foods.
Green & Red Chiles Canyon Vineyards Zinfandel 2016 $27
A pure expression of Zinfandel, this red bursts with flavors of blueberry, cherry, and plum with a candied fruitiness.
The fruitiness leads to spice with a slightly smoky finish, making this red a fantastic option for cheeses and barbecue.
Aged for fourteen months in 50% aged oak, Green & Red Chiles Canyon Vineyards Zinfandel balances smoke and spice with tinges of sage. The full body is kept lively by crisp acidity, a long finish, and a silky but dense mouthfeel.
Dark cherry jam undertones give this Zinfandel a lush richness, perfect with barbeque meats, roasted vegetables, meaty pasta, and black beans. I love this with rich cheeses like smoked gouda, Roquefort, and vintage cheddar.
Field Recordings Neverland Cabernet Sauvignon $20
Neverland Cabernet Sauvignon is a delicious dinner table wine made with 100% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Full-bodied with cherry, black fruit, black pepper, and oak flavors, it's perfect for wine connoisseurs who love juicy wines with a kick.
This red wine has plush flavors and aromas, with aromas of blueberry, cherry, kirsch, and creme de cassis joining notes of tobacco and cola, with plummy notes on the finish. The silky mouthfeel finishes with a twang of acidity.
Prime rib, ribeye, and sirloin steak are the perfect food pairing, but this wine also goes well with burgers, beef short ribs, and chocolate desserts. The bold flavors and dryness make it an excellent choice for savory snacks like pretzels.
Buil and Gine Priorat Gine Gine 2016 $22
I end this list of the best red wines at Whole Foods with a wonderful Priorat - a blend of 40% Garnacha and 60% Cariñena.
Priorat wines are produced with grapes grown in infertile soil, producing divine minerality and intense flavors.
This Spanish wine is dark ruby red with rich aromas of blackberry, black cherry, dark chocolate, mocha, and fig. A slight smokiness on the nose leads to tart black cherry and bramble flavors with a long, dark fruit finish.
A full body and a thick, luscious mouthfeel give this wine a sticky richness. It pairs beautifully with game, duck, legume-based vegetarian dishes, mushrooms, and meat pies. Rustic dishes with slow-cooked meats are also a perfect match.
Best White Wines at Whole Foods
White wines are best with fish, seafood, meats like chicken and turkey, and dishes with white sauces.
Whole Foods sells hundreds of white wines, and you can pick up a fantastic bottle for as little as $13. Now that's what I call value!
Here are the best-value white wines at Whole Foods:
J Vineyards California Pinot Gris 2018 $15
Generous citrus fruits and a zesty finish make J Vineyards California Pinot Gris 2018 a perfect wine for chicken and grilled fish. This Californian wine has a delectable profile, with graphite, honeysuckle, and apple notes.
As far as medium-bodied white wines go, this is a fantastic choice with mineral flavors, balanced fruitiness, and a sweet, almost candied aroma. The mouthfeel is dry, with smooth, mouth-cleansing acidity that cuts through cream sauces.
I love this wine with creamy garlic chicken, Tuscan chicken, chicken korma, and light vegetarian dishes with fresh herbs. It also works well with pork, foie gras, and veal, bringing lean meats to life with its zesty twang.
Astrolabe Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc $20
Tropical white wines don't come finer than Astrolabe Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, which delights the tastebuds with passionfruit, lime peel, green apple, and gooseberry. It's perfect with seafood, crusty bread, and linguine.
Lemon blossom, ginger, white pepper, and lemongrass undertones give this wine a savory edge alongside the lingering fruitiness. It bursts with citrus fruit and sweet aromas but has a dry, mineral finish that goes down a treat.
Try this wine with lobster, scampi shrimp, calamari, swordfish, and tuna steak. The fruity flavors also go wonderfully with fresh cheeses like fluffy ricotta, creamy goat cheese, soft mozzarella, crumbly feta, and squeaky halloumi.
Union Sacre Elsass Dry Riesling $20
With flavors of peach, apple, pear, pineapple, lime, and Meyer lemon, Union Sacre Elsass Dry Riesling is a crowd pleaser. For $20, you get a pure and enjoyable dry white wine with green apple and tangerine lashings.
Aromas of lemon and orange peel greet you after popping the spin top, with grapefruit and wet stone developing after a few seconds. The acidic, dry profile is big on fruit peel, lime, and peach, with floral undertones for a fresh finish.
This wine has enough depth as a standalone tipple, but it works even better with Thai and Indian food – anything spicy and hot. Try it with Cajun seafood for a kick, scampi shrimp, and grilled fish with a simple seafood sauce.
Dancing Crow Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc 2018 $15
Fresh green apple, white peach, and Bartlett pear notes underpin this fabulous Sauvignon Blanc.
At $15, this is a steal, with a crisp and fruity profile with good acidity. It refreshes the palate and brings to life lemon, garlic, and spicy dishes.
You can expect sharp citrus flavors throughout, with aromas of lemon peel, lemongrass, and orange zest, with flavors of crisp green apple, ripe white peach, and a hint of grass which gives it a warm, summery vibe.
I adore this wine with herby sauces like pesto and chimichurri, peri-peri chicken, garlic butter prawns, oysters, and mussels. It has a light body and a refreshing finish, bringing out the best in intense flavors.
Husch Vineyards Chenin Blanc $13
Husch Vineyards Chenin Blanc is a versatile, smooth white wine with crisp acidity and a twang of minerality.
It delights with flavors of fuji apple, melon, tangerine, and bruised pear, with an off-dry profile with a bit of sweetness.
On the nose are aromas of lemon and lime, pear, honeydew, stone fruit, and flavors of yellow apple, melon, and lemon on the palate. Sweet yet crisp, this white wine goes wonderfully with salty and savory snacks and appetizers.
Try this wine with pretzels, cornbread, buffalo chicken wings, and sweet and sour Chinese dishes. It has a little residual sugar, making it perfect for grazing snacks like peanuts, and it also works well with cream desserts and pastries.
Inama Soave Classico 2018 $18
At $18, Inama Soave Classico offers incredible value for money. It's produced in Soave, Veneto, Italy, with the same Garganega grapes as Inama's reserve wines. Light and fresh, it brings flowery and zesty notes to the table.
I love how this white wine refreshes the palate with orange zest, peach, melon, and marjoram flavors. Notes of honey and lemon warm the palate, with a light body and a supple mouthfeel perfect for casual drinking.
Risotto, white fish, shellfish, salads, sushi, and carbonara are perfect food pairings for this wine. The crisp, savory profile lends itself best to delicate flavors. Try it with fresh berries, kiwi fruit, and pineapple for a tropical twang.
Bartenura Moscato $15
Bartenura Moscato is one of Whole Foods' hidden gems. This crisp white wine is semi-sweet with pear, tangerine, and melon notes. A subtle nectar and honey undertone and slight effervescence give it a morish profile perfect for a warm summer's day.
Flavors of pear and nectarines follow notes of wildflowers, ripe melons, and honey. The slight effervescence lifts the flavors across the mouth, giving it a vibrant finish.
Bartenura Moscato has a sweet side that lends itself best to creamy, custardy, and fruity desserts and spicy main dishes like Indian and Bangladeshi curries, spiced chicken wings, pad Thai and Cajun chicken skewers.
Best Rosé Wines at Whole Foods
Whole Foods has plenty of decent rosé wines for as little as $19.
Rosé wine goes beautifully with salmon, duck, pink lamb, soft cheeses, quiche, and salads, making it a perfect choice for summer and light meals.
Here are the top picks when it comes to rosé wines at Whole Foods:
VieVité Côtes de Provence Rosé $20
A strawberry and raspberry delight, VieVité Côtes de Provence Rosé scratches that itch for a refreshingly fruity rosé.
It blends 30% Cinsault, 30% Grenache, 30% Syrah, and 10% Carignan, creating a crisp and floral rosé fit for your dinner table.
The nose is initially flowery with hints of strawberry; then it explodes in the glass with red and pink fruits and a hint of butter and cream. Flavors of fresh strawberry, cherry, and raspberry dominate the palate with a hint of peach.
This wine goes best with salads, fish cakes, grilled white fish, lobster, sushi, and creamy pasta like carbonara and seafood linguine. The fragrant nose and easy drinkability make it a fantastic option for parties.
Belle Glos Oeil de Perdrix Pinot Noir Blanc Rosé $17
Love watermelon, pear, and red fruit? Then this rosé is for you. Belle Glos Oeil de Perdrix Pinot Noir Blanc Rosé is a pure Pinot Noir with melon, cherry, orange citrus zest, light-dried herbs, and fruit on the palate. Delicious!
This is a bespoke wine, so unlike many Pinot Noir rosé wines, the grapes are grown specifically for it with unique soil. This intensifies the fruitiness and richness, giving the wine a decadent profile. It has a light body with slight acidity.
The silky-smooth mouthfeel of this wine goes down a treat with planked salmon, grilled white fish, chicken salad, and turkey sandwiches. I love this wine with apple pie (or maybe peach cobbler) because of its rich fruitiness.
Biokult Rosé Secco $19
Looking for a rosé wine for parties and gatherings? Look no further than Biokult Rosé Secco. This vibrant tipple has a very light body with an 11% ABV and pops with cherry, lime zest, raspberry, fresh flowers, and a hint of blossom.
I love this wine's mineral dryness, creamy undertone, and slight effervescence. Strawberry and raspberry flavors dominate the palate, with tart melon, lime, and grapefruit on the finish keeping you coming back for more.
Biokult Rosé Secco goes best with risotto, soft cheese, biscuits, savory snacks, and as an aperitif to antipasto and sandwiches. It's light and easy to drink, with a short, fresh finish that goes down a treat with anyone.
Did none of these rosé wines appeal to you? Then don't miss our guide to Costco rosé next!
Best Sparkling Wines at Whole Foods
Sparkling wines like Prosecco and Champagne are available in extra dry and sweet varieties, making them the perfect pairing for sweet and savory dishes.
Whole Foods has a few sparkling wines worth your time, starting from only $13.
Don't sleep on these sparkling wines at Whole Foods!
De Chanceny Crémant de Loire Brut N.V. $15
Want Champagne without the price tag? Crémant is a sparkling wine made outside the Champagne region in France, costing a fraction of the price. De Chanceny Crémant de Loire Brut N.V. is my favorite crémant from Whole Foods.
Light bodied with fine bubbles, this sparkling white wine blends fresh Chenin Blanc with floral Chardonnay with fruity Cabernet Franc. It’s dry with citrus, Meyer lemon, bright apple, butter, and brioche notes, with a crisp apple finish.
Scallops, tapas, prawns, goat’s cheese, feta, halloumi, and roasted vegetables are perfect food pairings with this wine. A creamy undertone makes it a suitable partner for salty pretzels, peanuts, sandwiches, and party food.
La Marca Prosecco $13
La Marca Prosecco is easily my favorite Prosecco from Whole Foods. The enticing pale golden color, lively bubbles, and citrusy nose give it a refreshing vibe, but the real treat is the flavor, with ripe lemon, green apple, and grapefruit notes.
This Prosecco is a perfect table wine with uncanny thirst-quenching ability. It's light and fruity with a balanced minerality. Aromas of ripe pear, green apple, lemon, white flower, and grapefruit fill the room with a beautiful bouquet.
Pasta with cheese-based sauce, seafood with butter and garlic, pan-fried chicken breast, Caesar salad, and smoked cheeses go well with this wine. It also works as an aperitif, or you can enjoy it on its own on a hot summer’s day.
Madame Liberte Sparkling Rosé $13
Madame Liberte Sparkling Rosé is one of the best sparkling roses under $15. Dry with lots of bubbles and red fruit aromas, it treats the palate with strawberry, watermelon, and red apple, with lasting effervescence.
I love the strawberry nose and palate, which hints of raspberry and citrus. The minerality shines through, giving the wine a tart and savory taste. A medium finish with melon, strawberry, and buttery notes refreshes the palate.
This is my "go-to" cheap sparkling rosé for parties and family get-togethers. The dry acidity pairs well with Southern fried chicken and other fatty foods like pizza and fries. You can also try it with fruity desserts for a newfound level of tanginess.
Decoy Brut Cuvée N.V. $25
This refreshing Brut Cuvée has fine and long-lasting bubbles, with a medium body and a doughy, brioche-like bouquet. Honey and apple flavors dominate the palate, with aromas of bread, citrus, toasted pear, and yeast.
Because it’s a blend of 49% Pinot Noir, 47% Chardonnay, and 4% Pinot Meunier, Decoy Brut Cuvée N.V. exhibits lively fruit and candied notes with a creamy finish. I adore the acidity and the long, dry finish, which has hints of pie crust.
The wine’s party piece is a creamy mousse of white florals and citrus with a hint of vanilla on the nose.
It goes perfectly with egg salad, quiche, smoked salmon, smoked sausage, cream cheese, fried chicken, buttery popcorn, and apple pie with custard.
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