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Written by Jacqueline Coleman, BT Contributor   
August 2017

Red, white, and you: Agreeable wine for $12 or less

MPix_Vino_8-17ost people can pick a favorite when you ask them to choose between three choices. I bet you can call out yours when I list the following: John, Paul, Ringo; London, Paris, Rome; Hurricanes, Gators, Seminoles.

This same principle applies to most white wine selections: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio. If you’re a casual wine-drinking guy or gal, you probably know exactly which you’d choose over the others, and you regularly select a white wine from the three varietals that are most often presented.

Leaving the safety of your typical go-to wine to discover a new one can cause decision anxiety in even the most experienced wine-os. Here at Vino, we want to make it easy for you to be adventurous with new varietal explorations, so we’ve picked out a few bottles to get you sipping a different white wine this summer. If you’re a Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, or Pinot Grigio loyalist, it’s time to wander over to a new white wine, starting with some of our suggestions.

Viognier is a delicious full-bodied white wine alternative to Chardonnay that is sometimes oaked, as well. Though originally a southern France specialty, the 2016 Oak Grove Viognier Reserve from California does not disappoint. From the golden yellow looks of it, it could be a Chardonnay, complete with bright citrus and hints of green apple on a floral bouquet. There’s spice from the oak on the palate, and mild acidity, with a lingering finish of honey and vanilla.

For the stainless-steel Chardonnay devotee, I’d recommend trying the 2015 Raimat Albariño from Spain. Whereas most Spanish Albariños come from the Rías Baixas area, this wine comes from Costers del Segre region in Catalonia. It has a strong fruit-forward nose and a bold citrus burst on the palate. A medium-bodied wine with excellent acidity and a refreshing, lingering finish, this Albariño would pair well with a meal of white meats and a citrus-based sauce.

Those who appreciate a lighter, crisper white wine should look for the 2016 Marqués de Cáceres Verdejo, also from Spain. Verdejos are known for their signature grassy, lemon-lime notes on the nose, with a vibrant citrusy finish on the palate; and this Verdejo stays true to character. I’d pair it with a green salad with mandarin oranges and a light vinaigrette.

Staying in Spain, a country full of interesting whites, the next wine is the 2015 El Coto Rioja Blanco, a wine made of 100 percent Viura grapes. Viura is the most planted white grape in Rioja, and is a synonym for the Macabeo grape, one of the main grapes used for producing cava in Spain. El Coto Blanco shows sharp fruit on the nose, with crisp apple, pear, and stone fruit, and a hint of Old World minerality on the nose. The wine finishes balanced with good acidity and lingering lemon-zest.

Wander over to a white wine from South Africa, and try that country’s most widely planted varietal. The 2016 Indaba Chenin Blanc is a lovely alternative to Sauvignon Blanc. This wine boasts strong melon and tropical fruit on the nose, with perfect pear and lingering honey on the tongue. Bonus! A portion of this brand’s sales supports the Indaba Education Fund, which invests in early childhood development in South Africa’s winelands.

If you don’t want to stray from an Italian white, be sure to try a bottle of the 2015 La Cappuccina Soave Classico, which is 100 percent Garganega grapes from the Verona area. Soave is an Italian white wine produced in the Veneto region of Italy, and Garganega is the main grape used to make the wine. It has a fuller body and strong acidity, with nut on the nose that transfers to a smooth almond finish in the mouth. A perfect Italian complement to a buttery white fish and pasta meal.

Lastly, we have a wine that stands strong on its own and even plays nicely with various food pairings. The 2016 Römerhof Riesling from Mosel, Germany, will be a refreshing addition to any dinner party. With low alcohol and higher sweetness, this Riesling has an attractive floral bouquet with hints of pear. An off-dry wine with honey peach sweetness on the palate, it’s a varietal that will balance any spicy dish.


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