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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Top 10 White Wines Under $20 - Winter 2013 Edition

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It's time for the next update of The Reverse Wine Snob Top 10 White Wines list. It may be freezing cold outside for some of you, but you can still drink white wine! This update we have four new wines making their debut. 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. And if you're looking for red wines check out the latest Update of the Top 10 Reds list. Without further ado, here are my current Top 10 white wines under $20!

Top 10 White Wines Under $20 - The Reverse Wine Snob January 2013 Edition


Donnafugata Lighea Zibibbo Sicilia 2011 - My Kind Of Moscato!
No Syrupy Sweetness Here.
10) TIE 2011 Donnafugata Lighea Zibibbo Sicilia - My Kind Of Moscato...Dry and Delicious!
100% Zibibbo (Moscato d'Alessandria) from Sicily, Italy and available for around $18. If you think a good Moscato is syrupy sweet, then this wine might be a paradigm shifter for you. This dry Moscato features excellent salty mineral notes on top of succulent pear and citrus fruit along with a wonderful, luscious mouthfeel. I love it!
See a listing of local retailers selling this wine here.


Laurenz V. Singing Gruner Veltliner 2011 - Awesome Austrians Wine #2
An Austrian so awesome
you might break into a song.
10) TIE 2011 Laurenz V. Singing Gruner Veltliner - At this price it just might make you sing!
100% Gruner Veltliner (Groo-ner Vehlt-ly-ner) from Kremstal, Austria and available for as low as $12. If you haven't sampled the tantalizing delights of Austrian wine yet this is an excellent place to start! Flowery notes of apple, peach and lemon-lime combine with a delightful slightly fizzy character and lots of minerality. Good acidity, good balance, a nice lively mouthfeel and a crisp finish make for a fun wine.
See a listing of local retailers selling this wine here.

Brooks Amycas 2009 - Chips and Guac Anyone?
Cool label. Tasty Wine.
10) TIE 2009 Brooks Amycas - Chips and Guac Anyone?
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 and available for as little as $10. Wonderfully aromatic, then smooth, creamy and lively when tasting. This is really delicious stuff.
See a listing of local retailers selling this wine here.


Bandana Chardonnay-Torrontés 2011 - My Kind Of Chardonnay!
My Kind of Chardonnay!
9) 2011 Bandana Chardonnay-Torrontés - My Kind Of Chardonnay!
A 50/50 blend of Chardonnay and perhaps my favorite white variety, Torrontés, from Mendoza, Argentina. This wine tastes quite delicious with a full and lively texture containing layers of ripe pineapple and other delicious fruit. Add in a little minerality, a refreshing finish of juicy fruit, a hint of spice and a price as low as $9 and you have a fantastic wine for anytime!
See a listing of local retailers selling this wine here.


Raats Original Unwooded Chenin Blanc 2011 - A Natural Beauty
Attention Chardonnay Lovers:
Why aren't you drinking Chenin Blanc?
8) 2011 Raats Original Unwooded Chenin Blanc - A Natural Beauty.
100% Chenin Blanc from Coastal Region, South Africa and available for as low as $12. Attention Chardonnay drinkers: If you haven't tried Chenin Blanc, what are you waiting for? For the unoaked crowd, here's a fresh and delicious example of the variety with a light and tangy minerality, excellent flavor and a zesty finish. A really excellent wine that lets the natural beauty of the variety shine thanks to the lack of oak.
Buy this wine online from our featured sponsor Marketview Liquor or see a listing of local retailers selling this wine here.


Gary Farrell Redwood Ranch Sauvignon Blanc 2011 - A Magical Mouthfeel
Almost $20, but well worth it
for the amazing texture of this wine!
7) 2011 Gary Farrell Redwood Ranch Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc - A Magical Mouthfeel.
100% Sauvignon Blanc from Sonoma County. I know you're probably thinking what's so exciting about a Sauvignon Blanc from Sonoma? How about an amazing rich and lively texture featuring flavors of grapefruit and other tropical fruit, pear, a hint of grass, a little spice and a wonderful underlying minerality? Excellent on its own or easily capable of complementing a wide variety of foods, this is a wine you need to try!
See a listing of local retailers selling this wine here.


Donnafugata Anthilia Sicilia Bianco 2011 - A Succulent Sicilian
From Sicily with love
6) 2011 Donnafugata Anthilia Sicilia Bianco - A Succulent Sicilian.
Indigenous Sicilian grapes Catarratto and Ansonica plus other international varieties like Chardonnay and Viognier from Sicily, Italy and available for as little as $12. It begins crisp and fruity, then turns tart and creamy when tasting. This delicious wine has a great lively texture, good acidity and excellent underlying minerality. On the long finish that minerality turns chalky and comes to the front. A fabulous blend.
Buy this wine online from our featured sponsor Marketview Liquor or see a listing of local retailers selling this wine here.


Bonny Doon Vineyard Central Coast Albarino 2011 - Silky, Salty and Seductive
A Study in Salinity
5) 2011 Bonny Doon Vineyard Central Coast Albarino - Silky, Salty and Seductive.
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. Who says delicious Albarino has to come from Portugal or Spain? As low as $16.
See a listing of local retailers selling this wine here.


Craggy Range Te Muna Road Sauvignon Blanc 2010 - Now This Is A Sauvignon Blanc!
Even Better Than Marlborough!
4) 2010 Craggy Range Te Muna Road Martinborough Sauvignon Blanc - Now This Is A 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. A top 10 stalwart with a price as low as $16.
Buy this wine online from our featured sponsor Marketview Liquor or see a listing of local retailers selling this wine here.


Wild Horse Unbridled Chardonnay 2010 - As Good As Chardonnay Gets
Wildly Good!
3) 2010 Wild Horse Unbridled Chardonnay - As Good As Chardonnay Gets.
100% Chardonnay from Santa Maria Valley, California. I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with Chardonnay. I love the fruit, and hate the heavy buttery oak. (OK, hate is probably too strong a word, but it's not my favorite.) So you would think a Chardonnay aged in 100% French oak wouldn't be high on my list, but in this case the oak aging enhances everything about this wine instead of overpowering it. Green apple, pear, lemon custard, a really nice minerality, excellent acidity and a lively mouthfeel are just a few of things you'll find in this excellent wine.
See a listing of local retailers selling this wine here.


Indaba Chenin Blanc 2011 - A Steal At $7
Crisp and Clean!
2) 2011 Indaba Chenin Blanc - A Steal At $7
100% Chenin Blanc from Western Cape, South Africa. This wine offers insane value at a cost of only $7. Medium-bodied with a thick and luscious mouthfeel, crisp and clean flavors of zesty citrus and melon, nice minerality and even a bit of spice, it's hard imaging someone not enjoying this wine. At the same time it still offers enough complexity to please even your most discriminating guests. Stock up!
Buy this wine online from our featured sponsor Marketview Liquor or see a listing of local retailers selling this wine here.


1) 2009 Trimbach Riesling - A Delicately Delicious Bulk Buy!
100% Riesling from Alsace, France that can be found for as low as $14. The first question you may ask is whether this wine is French, German or a combo of the two. My response would be, who cares, it's delicious! The wine opens with delicate and enticing floral, tropical fruit and apricot aromas. The wine tastes simply delicious and features a great mouthfeel, a lovely texture and excellent balance. It is crisp and clean but still rich and substantial. It ends with a very long, dry finish. Those rich flavors just keep going and going. You'll want to buy this gem by the case.
Buy this wine online from our featured sponsor Marketview Liquor or see a listing of local retailers selling this wine here.

Trimbach Riesling 2009 - A Delicately Delicious Bulk Buy!
Our Top Rated White Wine - Buy It By The Case!


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 3 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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