Following up from our red wine under $25, if you are a white wine lover and want to drink affordably, you are in luck as low-cost high-quality options are endless. Here are a few standouts, all for under $25. (Some were sent for editorial consideration.)
Some of the finest Riesling in the world is produced in Germany’s Pfalz region, melding classic traditions with modern innovation to create terroir-driven, aromatic, mineral-intense wines. Though their single vineyard, premium wines are often expensive ($50+ a bottle), introductory estate Riesling, made in the Trocken/dry style, can be found affordably from leading producers like Dr. Burklin-Wolf ($20, Wine.com), Dr. Von Winning ($18, Wine.com) and favorite Weingut Pfeffingen ($18, La Cave).
Napa’s Trefethen Riesling ($24, Spec’s) highlights floral notes of lilacs and jasmine in their dry, refreshing selection from their historic Oak Knoll estate.
For Sauvignon Blanc fans, crushed stone, smoky, grassy Loire Valley whites are ideal. Sancerre gets the press, so look to next door Loire neighbors, Quincy, Touraine, and Reuilly, for more affordable options like Bougrier Pure Loire Touraine ($16, Total Wine) and Domaine Trotereau Quincy ($23, Pogo’s).
White Bordeaux ranges from affordable to highly expensive. Approachable Chateau les Charmes-Godard Blanc Cotes de Bordeaux ($18, Spec’s) delivers character and personality in a lush, textured wine.
Sonoma’s Imagery Estate ($17, here) Sauvignon Blanc adds a touch of Muscat, layering honeysuckle and melon into the lemon-lime citrus filled wine. Flora Springs Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc ($25, Spec’s) layers green fig, honeydew, and quince for a juicy, delicious wine. From Rutherford, Long Meadow Ranch Sauvignon Blanc ($18, Spec’s) highlights lemon-lime and pink grapefruit melding with ripe kiwi and lychee fruit.
A fan of French Sauvignon Blanc, Robert Mondavi crafted his Robert Mondavi Winery Fume Blanc ($20, Total Wine) to showcase Napa fruit with Old World earthiness and richness. The innovative style he brought to the region decades ago continues today.
For Sauvignon Blanc options under $10 look for grapefruit and orange zest filled Nobilo from New Zealand; slightly spicy and smoky Fume Blanc from Ferrari-Carano; lemonade and sunshine filled Sterling Sauvignon Blanc; and mandarin, freshly cut grass and crushed-stone filled Veramonte from Chile. (All at Total Wine.)
MacRostie Sonoma Coast Chardonnay ($19, Total Wine) is a treat, as Winemakers Steve MacRostie and Heidi Bridenhagen layer complexity with vibrant freshness. Robert Mondavi Winery Napa Chardonnay ($20, Spec’s) showcases golden apple, pineapple, and vanilla notes. Food-friendly Benziger Sonoma Chardonnay ($16, Total Wine) melds stone and tree fruit with fresh acidity.
Chehalem INOX ($20, Central Market) celebrates Chardonnay in their un-oaked estate-grown wine, layering white flowers, crushed stone, and green apple. Though best known for red wines, Chile’s Alcance ($20, wine.com) began producing Chardonnay in 2015 highlighting the diversity of the rocky, granite-filled soils creating character-driven wine.
Cline Marsanne-Roussanne blends golden peach, pineapple, and honey with juicy citrus for a balanced wine ideal for pairing with spicy Thai dishes. Gundlach Bundschu delivers one of the finest Gewurztraminer wines in America ($25, Central Market) from their Sonoma Coast estate. Highly floral, yet mineral-intense, keeping the wine fresh, balanced and incredibly delicious. From Sonoma winemaker David Ramey, Sidebar Cellars crafts aromatic Kerner ($25) with melon, mandarin, and punchy lilikoi.
Italy’s Alto Adige wines make my heart sing, highlighting intense minerality and acidity with highly aromatic, fragrant, floral notes. Eisacktaler Kellerei Cantina Gruner Veltliner ($15) balances stone fruit and citrus with white pepper. Abbazia di Novacella Kerner ($20) layers tangerine, honeydew, and nutmeg.
Not far from Alto Adige, refined and subtle, Inama Soave Classico DOC ($15, at Jimmy’s) is the ideal end of summer wine, with floral and almond notes and lovely, structured texture.
From a small island in Marsala, Tasca Conti D’Almerita Grillo Mozia ($22, Pogo’s) highlights the Mediterranean Sea, with salty brininess melding with lemongrass, and earthy minerality.