$20 Wines Part II: Here are four white wines to taste

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Last month I wrote about red wines that sell for $20 or less. So today it’s time to talk about white wines in the same price range.

White wines generally cost less than reds because most of them are simpler to produce. Most white wines do not require expensive barrel aging, especially the premium French oak barrels used to finish many red wines.

Without prolonged aging, white wines can be processed more quickly, with most hitting the market around six months after harvest. Red wines usually get an extra year of aging and, you know what they say, time is money.


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It seems in many quarters that white wines don’t get the same love as reds, which is a shame. A tangy, crisp Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, or Chenin Blanc can be a lovely thing on a hot day. While a richer Pinot Gris or Gewürztraminer, with floral notes and a kiss of sweetness, can be a great drink to relax in.

Because many white wines display high acidity levels, they pair perfectly with food, regardless of the time of year. They are certainly not reserved for the summer.

Here are a few to try.

Rocca delle Macie


Campo Maccione Vermentino

Maremma, Tuscany, Italy

Rocca delle Macie is a Chianti winery run by the family of former Italian film producer Italo Zingarelli, who died in 2000.

Zingarelli’s son Sergio assumed the role of president in 2000 and added to the winery’s collection with the purchase of a second Maremma estate – Tenuta Casamaria – in 2003. This vermentino, from the Campo line Maccione, comes from this region located near the ocean, southwest of Chianti.


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A white grape native to Italy, this fresh and bright Vermentino offers flavors of pear, green apple, white blossom and peach, with hints of hazelnut and a bit of steely spiciness on the finish.

Price: About $18. Stores that sell it include Co-op Wines Spirits Beer, Craft Cellars, Five Vines Wine, Craft Beer and Spirits, CSN Wine and Spirits, Highlander Wine and Spirits, Metrovino, Urban Cellars, Wine and Beyond at Sage Hill Crossing, Willow Park Wines & Spirits and Zyn the wine market.

Drink: Now. Enjoy it with crab or lobster, roast chicken or creamy pasta. Cork; 12.5% ​​alc./vol.



Grand Reserva Sauvignon Blanc

Casablanca Valley, Chile

If you’re looking for a white wine that packs a lot of punch at a good price, look no further than Sauvignon Blanc. The grape that originated in France enjoyed great success when it became a staple in New Zealand.


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Crisp, grassy and electric, New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs are quick to impress and prices are hard to beat. Many good examples can still be had for less than $20.

But New Zealand isn’t the only country making brilliant whites for cost-conscious shoppers. South Africa and Chile have also taken up the torch.

Carmen, the oldest winery in Chile, with a history dating back over 170 years, does a great job with value wines, including this Sauvignon Blanc. It awakens your palate with piercing acidity and vibrant flavors such as green pepper, fresh cut grass, lemon and passion fruit.

Price: About $19. Check it out at Co-op Wines Spirits Beer, Highlander Wine and Spirits, and Safeway Liquor.

Drink: Now. To be enjoyed with oysters, a Niçoise salad or goat cheese. Cork; 13 percent alc./vol.


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Loosen Bros.


Dr L. Riesling Dry

Moselle, Germany

Ernst Loosen, aka Dr. L., produces spectacular single-vineyard Rieslings at his Dr. Loosen winery in West Germany’s spectacular Mosel Valley.

He and his younger brother Thomas also make value-driven wines from contract growers across the Mosel for their Dr. L. label. The easily accessible wines are a great introduction to Mosel Riesling at a good price.

The dry and crisp 2019 Riesling offers flavors of lime, green apple, apricot, pear, tangerine and the slate notes the region is known for. It’s slightly off-dry, with a long, crisp finish.

If you like your Riesling sweeter, regular Dr. L. Riesling ups the sugar stakes for about the same price. Both are vegan, made without the use of pesticides or herbicides, and are worth trying, it just depends on your style.


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Price: About $19. Look for it at Co-op Wines Spirits Beer, Crowfoot Wine and Spirits, Highlander Wine and Spirits, Liquor Depot in Brentwood, Safeway Liquor, Sips Liquor, Sobeys Liquor, Urban Cellars, Willow Park Wines & Spirits, Wine and Beyond in Deerfoot City and Zyn the wine market.

Drink: In the coming years. Shellfish, trout or a cheese quiche will go well. screw cap; 12 percent alc./vol.

Gehringer brothers


Classic Riesling

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia

Gehringer Brothers is one of the oldest wineries in the Okanagan Valley, with the 2020 vintage being the 35th for brothers Walter and Gordon Gehringer. This long history means the family bought their vineyard on the Golden Mile Bench, south of Oliver, at prices well below today’s rates. Reduced overhead translates into lower prices.


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One of their signature wines, the classic Riesling is off-dry in style, with electric acidity and flavors of stone fruit, green apple, orange, pear and honey. It has a fresh finish, with the acid balancing the ripe fruit.

Price: $20. Look for it at Crowfoot Wine and Spirits, Liquor Depot in Brentwood, Urban Cellars and Varsity Wine Merchants.

Drink: Now. A spicy curry, Chinese dishes or pork would be fine. screw cap; 13 percent alc./vol.

Contact Darren Oleksyn at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter or Instagram. Are you looking for a specific wine? Because wine stocks are always on the move, it’s a good idea to call a store to confirm they have it. A search on Liquorconnect.com can give you an idea of ​​which stores have carried the wines.



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