Sip Similar: Opus One




I am not bashing Opus One. The wines are delicious- rich, dark and intense. They have earned their nickname of ‘California’s First Growth.’ They also have a lot of overhead and marketing to pay for.

 So here are are three wines for the less than price of one bottle of Opus One that I think are just as good, if not better!


Tate Cabernet Sauvignon, Spring Street, Napa Valley 2021 David Tate, the talented winemaker behind Barnett Vineyards has his own label. For years this has been of of my favorite, ‘no one knows about it’ wines.
Revana, Terroir Selection, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley One of my favorite bottles of Napa Cabernet. Wines made by Thomas Rivers Brown and Geoff Davies. The Terroir selection is bright and easy to sip, with or without a meal. It is the second wine from Revana, priced at about 50% less than the flagship ‘Revana,’ but the quality is the same. The Terroir is ready to drink earlier, which I view as a plus… I’m a little impatient.
Corison Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley Wines made by owner and founder Cathy Corison, who in addition to being a kick-ass winemaker, is a fantastically kind human being. When I worked harvest, my friend and I would walk the rows of vines that were next to her apartment—that belong to Cathy Corison. We met her as we wandered across her property, and she and her dog were sweet as pie.