If you enjoyed my previous post on Summer Whites for Less Than $15, here are four more fabulous wines to try, all for less than $20. As always, do let me know if you have other suggestions. I love trying new wines … and, well, there’s nothing like remodeling a house in 105-degree weather with a toddler at my side (see video below) to put me in the mood for un vaso de vino.
Lange Pinot Noir 2009 (Willamette Valley, Oregon)
This is the best pinot noir I’ve had in a long while, maybe ever. It is just about the only red I can stomach during the summer, and goes beautifully with cedar-plank grilled salmon. Expect to pay around $20.
Riondo Pink Prosecco (Italy)
Yes, it’s girly, but oh my gosh it’s good. Delicate, crisp, and fresh with red berry flavors and a nice fizz. Even better: It was on sale this week at my local HEB for $10.98. I’m going back for more later today.
Mohua Pinot Gris 2009 (New Zealand)
This vineyard produces consistently good, affordable wines. This pinot gris is crisp and fresh with pear, apple, and melon flavors. If you’re tired of all the citrus in sauvignon blanc, this is a worthy alternative. Expect to pay between $15 and $18.
Taz Pinot Gris 2009 (Santa Barbara, California)
This one is listed as a “customer favorite” at my local HEB and I can see why. It has a bit more punch than the Mohua Pinot Gris, but is similarly crisp and refreshing, with notes of pear and melon. For $10.98, it’s a real bargain.