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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Top 10 White Wines Under $20 - The Reverse Wine Snob August 2012 Edition

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It's time for the next update of The Reverse Wine Snob Top 10 Whites and Rosés list! If you're looking for red wines check out the July Update of the Top 10 Reds list. Several new wines make their debut with this month's update, including a delicious Californian Albarino and a fantastic blend from Argentina. As always this list only includes those wines that are still widely available so be sure to check the full Wine Ranking for all the wines we've reviewed. Without further ado, here are my Top 10 white wines under $20!


Top 10 White Wines Under $20 - The Reverse Wine Snob August 2012 Edition
From Italy With Love
10) 2011 Ecco Domani Moscato
A slightly bubbly (frizzante) Moscato from Trivento, Italy that is clean and fresh, not syrupy sweet. This wine has lots of pairing power thanks to its good acidity. (The sweetness would make it a good match for spicy foods.) It finishes clean with some lingering mandarin orange and apricot. Quite tasty and sure to be a favorite!

9) 2010 Elios Mediterranean White
This intriguing blend of three traditional Greek grapes along with everyone's favorite Chardonnay clocks in at just $10. 50% Moschofilero, 30% Chardonnay, 10% Roditis and 10% Savatiano from Peloponnese, Greece. Some good words to describe it: light, crisp, delicious, satisfying and refreshing.

Bellingham The Bernard Series Old Vine Chenin Blanc 2010 - Goodbye Chardonnay, Hello Chenin Blanc
Goodbye Chardonnay!
8) 2010 Bellingham The Bernard Series Old Vine Chenin Blanc
100% Chenin Blanc from South Africa. With an SRP of $30, we would normally be thumbing our noses at this one, but with a little work you can find it for as low as $18. Be forewarned however -- if you do try this wine you may never drink Chardonnay again!

7) 2009 Brooks Amycas
I'm a big fan of white (and red) blends and this is certainly a unique one! 33% Pinot Blanc, 24% Pinot Gris, 18% Gewürztraminer, 14% Muscat and 11% Riesling from the Willamette Valley in Oregon. Wonderfully aromatic, then smooth, creamy and lively when tasting. Really delicious stuff.

Bandana Chardonnay-Torrontés 2011 - My Kind Of Chardonnay!
My Kind of Chardonnay!
6) 2011 Bandana Chardonnay-Torrontés
A 50/50 blend of Chardonnay and one of my favorite white varieties, Torrontés, from Mendoza, Argentina. This wine tastes quite delicious with a nice full and lively texture and layers of ripe pineapple and other delicious fruit. Add in a little minerality and a refreshing finish featuring juicy fruit and even a hint of spice and you have a summertime staple. Fantastic!

5) 2010 d'Arenberg The Stump Jump White McLaren Vale Adelaide Hills
28% Riesling, 27% Sauvignon Blanc, 25% Marsanne and 20% Roussanne from McLaren Vale, Australia. An inviting bouquet of citrus zest and tropical fruit. Crisp, fresh and lively flavors of citrus, honey and almond. Just as good if not better than the celebrated Stump Jump Red. A perfect pairing for summer at only $9.

Bonny Doon Vineyard Central Coast Albarino 2011 - Silky, Salty and Seductive
Silky, Salty and Seductive
4) 2011 Douglas Green The Beach House Rosé
If you've never tried South Africa's signature grape, this is a great place to start. Made with 100% Pinotage this is a bright, fresh berry fest for summer that adds a bit of a spicy finish. Be careful though, the contents of this bottle will disappear quickly on a hot summer day!

3) 2011 Bonny Doon Vineyard Central Coast Albarino
100% Albarino from the Central Coast of California. Silky smooth with intense and juicy flavors of tart citrus, a bright acidity that makes your teeth hurt, and a zesty, salty character unlike any other wine I've ever tried. Quite a delicious offering that is hugely flavorful and almost seductive in that you can't help but take another sip.

2) 2010 Craggy Range Te Muna Road Martinborough Sauvignon Blanc
Refreshing and delicious Sauvignon Blanc from Martinborough, New Zealand. And no, that's not a typo. Tiny Martinborough accounts for only 1% of New Zealand's wine production, but what a 1% it is. If you thought Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc was good, you'll definitely want to give this one a try and see what you've been missing.


1) TIE 2011 Mulderbosch Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé
A Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé from South Africa that will pair well with just about any food or occasion you throw at it. Picnics, barbecues, campfires, parties...this refreshing wine will handle them all. And at only $8 it's a no-brainer. There's still plenty of summer left to enjoy this wine!

Mulderbosch Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé 2011 - A Perfect Wine For The Patio (Bulk Buy!)
Pair it with...anything!

1) TIE 2011 Frisk Prickly Riesling
89% Riesling and 11% Muscat Gordo from Australia. Delightfully fizzy, perfectly sweet and available for only $8. Try to stifle the gulping sounds as you quaff this one down. No, it's not terribly complex, but who cares? It's delicious! Stock up for summer.

Get Frisky!

Click through to the individual wines to find the full reviews including a link with local retailers who carry each wine. Cheers!

The top 10 white list is subject to change at any time as new wines are reviewed and as vintages become unavailable, but it is typically updated every couple months. The Top 10 lists only include vintages that are currently available for sale (to the best of my knowledge) while the Interactive Wine Ranking includes all wines, including those that may no longer be available but might be in your cellar. Most of the wines on the list were samples received for review purposes, please click through the links to the full reviews for more details.

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