In addition to our Best Of Lists covering all kinds of different varieties and regions (see Chardonnay, Riesling or Italian Wines for examples), we also occasionally release Top 10 lists of our very favorite White and Rosé or Red wines.
To compile these lists we go through all the wines we’ve tasted over roughly the last year and pick out our very favorites. Of course, we don’t have the chance (or the liver) to taste every wine every year so if you’re looking for a specific variety be sure to check out our Best Of lists as well, which have picks going back over several years. Read on for the best white and rosé wines under $20!
A refreshing wine from Hungary at a refreshing price from Trader Joe’s.
First up on our newly updated list of the best white and rosé wines under $20, is a wine that’s not only fun to drink but fun to say. From a country you might not expect, Hungary, comes a light-bodied, fresh and slightly spritzy wine that will only put you back $6. What’s not like about that?
Only $5.99 and unlike most cheap Pinot Grigio, it’s packed with flavor.
We’ve often lamented the abundance of cheap, watery, lifeless Pinot Grigio on the market these days. Thankfully, Costco does the varietal right in their rendition from Friuli. As close to sure thing as you’ll find at this price point.
Uniting the two types of Chardonnay drinkers with just one bottle.
While it seems like the political chasm between the left and the right these days is insurmountable, this wine gives me hope. “How so?” you may ask. I’ve seen up close the fervor of proponents of the oaked and unoaked styles of Chardonnay and it’s not pretty. If those two sides can be brought together by a wine like this, well then, anything is possible!
Showcasing a white grape from Piedmont.
Why should red wine from Italy get all the love? Even renowned areas like Piedmont, famous for Barolo and Barbaresco, make some fabulous white wines. This one, made from the Arneis grape, is a perfect example and a wine you should definitely check out.
A wine that’s hard to put down once you discover its delights.
Next up on our list of the best white and rosé wines under $20 is a particularly delightful single varietal Alvarinho from one of our favorite value spots for white wine – Vinho Verde. Available for around $11, this one gets better and better with every sip.
It’s hard to get much better than this for just $7.
A wine we highlighted in our Trader Joe’s Top Picks series but is available just about everywhere thanks to its almost 1 million case production. Honeyed fruit and a lively mouthfeel make this wine an absolute delight to drink.
Big time Burgundy at a bargain price.
Crisp and refreshing with steely minerality, this Kirkland Signature wine comes in at a fraction of the normal price for Premier Cru Chablis. It’s a fantastic choice for those that prefer the unoaked style of Chardonnay.
A longstanding staple of our Top 10 Lists.
74% Rhone red varietals and 26% Rhone white varietals, this has been one of our favorite wines for years. Dry, crisp, fresh and delicious, we could say more but it’s best to just go drink it.
A refreshing example of the signature white variety of the Languedoc.
Yet another grape variety that you may not be totally familiar with, but here at Reverse Wine Snob we’re all about experimenting with new wines. Picpoul (pronounced peek-pool) is known for its refreshingly high acidity and this clean and lively example also features some salty minerality that makes it a natural choice for seafood.
Bubbly makes everything better.
Is it cheating to give the top spot of our list of the best white and rosé wines under $20 to a sparkling wine? (It is a rosé!) Once again Alsace delivers something special with this wine. An absolute delight.
And that’s it for the 2018 list! You may also want to check out The Best Red Wines under $20. Cheers!