It’s the most wonderful time of the year…that’s right, it’s finally time to release our annual Top 10 lists!
In addition to our constantly updated Best Of Lists covering all kinds of different varieties and regions (see Chardonnay, Riesling or Italian Wines for examples), every year we release a Top 10 list of the Best White and Rosé 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. (And watch for a newly updated Best Red Wines Under $20 list coming later this week!)
Read on for our 2019 Top 10 White and Rosé Wines Under $20!
Perfectly sweet Chenin Blanc from the Loire Valley in France.
With just about the perfect level of sweetness to match it’s nice bright acidity, this is simply delicious! I love the lower alcohol level and the lip smacking finish too.
This box is gold!
Crowd-pleasing Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa with enough complexity to keep it interesting through the whole 3 liters. At the equivalent of just $4 a bottle, this is an crazy good value.
Yes, you read that right, this is a white wine made from red grapes.
With minimal grape skin contact and cold temperatures, it is entirely possible to produce a white wine from red grapes and this is an absolutely delicious example. With rich flavors and an almost unctuous mouthfeel, this is definitely one to check out.
A great wine that supports a very worthy charity!
Next up on our list of the best white and rosé wines under $20 is a blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Verdelho and Chardonnay that gets its name from Lord Sandwich the dog. Proceeds from this best of breed white blend go to distribute new socks to people in need. We liked it so much we offered it at a special price to our readers through our Insider Deal program.
A tart and salty Bulk Buy from Trader Joe’s!
A touch sweet and a touch salty, this is a really a nice combination and great example of Albarino from Rias Baixas. (And when we say sweet we’re referring to sweet fruit flavors, not sugar as this wine only has 3 g/L of that.) At only $7, you can’t ask for much more than this zippy, tangy, smooth and tasty number.
A vivacious wine from Napa Valley.
Another one of our Insider Deals, this is not your typical mass-produced, watered down, lifeless Pinot Grigio. This dry wine features a vibrant mouthfeel along with loads of zesty grapefruit, lime and nectarine plus a good bit of stony minerality. This is the type of wine that I could drink every day.
This Aldi pick lives up to the exquisite name.
We launched our reviews of the wines from Aldi this year and this blend of Grenache, Cinsault & Syrah from Provence was a stand-out. Balanced and clean, this wine has everything you want in a rosé!
Bulk Buy rated, bone dry rosé from Carneros.
Watermelon, peach and crisp acidity lead the way when tasting this dry but fruity wine. Salty minerality and touches of grapefruit lead into the long, dry finish. This is a delightfully fresh and delicious light-bodied wine.
A longstanding staple on our best white and rosé wine lists.
A blend of Rhone red varietals and 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 really best to just go drink it.
A mouthwatering symphony of textures and flavors that is widely available, including at Costco.
This is another consistently delicious wine that has found its way onto our Top 10 lists multiple times in the past. The 2017 vintage carries on the tradition with a a smooth, round and lively mouthfeel and just the right amount of sweet.
Bubbly makes everything better! Especially when it is as deliciously affordable as this one from Costco.
For the second year in a row, the top spot on our list goes to a sparkling wine! And not just any sparkling wine, but Asolo Prosecco for well under $10. This Extra Dry (medium sweet) example is crisp, fruity and delicious and full of fine bubbles. Caramelly nutty notes lead into the refreshing, dry finish. At this price there’s no reason not to have some on hand. And if you just can’t get past the extremely low price tag, you can always splurge for the $19.99 Kirkland Signature Champagne.
And that’s it for the 2019 list! Curious which wines made last year’s list of the best cheap white wines? Check out the results below.
2018 Top 10 White and Rosé Wines Under $20
Want more of our favorite picks? Be sure to check out our “Best Of” listings for individual lists by variety and region.