Top 10 White Wines for under $10 - Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Grenache Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc
Thank you for all the e-mails and comments on my past wine lists! Who knew so many people wanted a guide to cheap booze....hmmm...probably should have realized that would be popular ...hehe. I think my family believes I have become a committed WINO and the UPS driver is starting to look at me funny after the 10th delivery from Wine.com in the past month or so...these are all for "research" I tell them..... riiiiiiight!
Anyway, I was excited to create my top 10 red and white lists and wanted to thank everyone for the support and encouragement...so.... back by semi-popular and decently luke-warm demand..here is my top Top 10 White Wines for under $10!!
My criteria for this list are as follows.
1. These are wines that I have PERSONALLY tried.
2. They are available for under $10 (does not include delivery fees or tax if any.)
3. They are USUALLY available either at Wine.com or at a MAJOR retailer such as Costco.
4. They are of a quality that I would rate 87 points or higher. Some of these are not rated by a major ratings group, as is often the case with wines in this price range, but I feel confident in my rating ability.
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I have created a wine list for all wines below, that way you don't have to search too hard. Just click HERE - Go to Wine.com Click on "Community" in the upper right, then scroll down and search for "OregonWino" and you will see my lists...SIMPLE!! Now for the wines!
#1 - Angove's Red Belly Black Chardonnay 2006 (Australia) $7.99
I have been blown away with the quality of the top wines for both my red and white lists. This #1 is another AMAZING wine! 92 point wine for $7.99? COME ON, you have got to be kidding me, what an amazing value! When making my lists, I do not look at the prices until the end to keep any bias out of my ratings...wow was I surprised by the price of my top pick when I saw it!
Very light and refreshing wine, melon, citrus and floral flavors with just the right amount of acidic tartness. What I liked most about this wine was that it had a pretty strong finish with smooth cream undertones. Overall just a fantastic version of Australian chardonnay. If you like sweeter whites with a good, full stable of flavors and elegant finish, this is the wine for you!
Great wine for sipping on or with light snacks. We had a bottle with light cheese and bread for a mid-day snack and it worked perfectly. Would go well with fish, cream based pastas and sauces, salads (would be wonderful with a pear/apple and blue cheese salad), fish, foul, sushi, or even with fruit or cream based deserts.
#2 - Quintay Clava Sauvignon Blanc 2008 (Chile) $8.99
Sauvignon Blanc from Chile have just exploded onto the scene in the past couple of years and I am very excited about this #2 wine on our list. Great flavor with lots of apple, pear, peach and citrus tones and with a nice burst of refreshing acidity. What i like most about this wine is though it has predominantly fruit flavors there are some nice undertones of spice and earth to keep it rolling strong to the finish. Very well crafted wine, just a pleasure to drink.
The spice undertones open up all kinds of options for this otherwise fruit influenced wine. I had mine with carnitas tacos, home-made tortilla chips and guacamole and it was great. This would work with the usual white wine foods like fish, chicken, light pastas, cheeses or even for sipping alone, however, this wine's complexity also lend it to some foods like seasoned meats, mexican, chinese, and thai that usually require stronger reds.
#3 - Big House White 2009 (California) $7.99
#3 on our list is from a pretty new winery and I look forward to more wines from them. This wine is a very unusual and interesting blend of Muscat Canelli, Malvasia Bianca, Roussanne and Viognier. This is a very smooth and sweet white wine with lots of peach, melon, citrus, floral and honey flavors and minimal oak influence. Think of this as a milder, more complex and more food friendly version of a muscat which is typically a sweeter dessert type of wine.
Great with white meats, chicken, fruit salads, berry or fruit deserts and lighter foods such as pasta salads etc. I had mine with a Sonoma Chicken salad sandwich and mixed fruit...it was great (FYI Sonoma chicken salad has cranberries and pecans or walnuts, I got mine at Costco and it was fantastic)
#4 - Veramonte Chardonnay Reserva 2007 (Chile) $9.99
Nice light and fruity chardonnay from Chile (South America) with great flavors or mango, melon, pineapple and peach with a refreshing mineral and an acidic finish. Chardonnays can be drastically different, ranging from super-dry to almost soda-pop sweet and I really like this one as it is right in the middle, not too sweet but not to dry either.
Chardonnay can be a very versatile for pairing with foods since the wine itself can have such a broad range of characteristics. For this particular wine, I would recommend fish, chicken, cream based sauces or light Italian foods. In general, any foods that are on the lighter side will work well with this wine. One of the better sushi restaurants we frequent has this as their house wine and I have always been a fan of it with sushi.
#5 - La Vieille Ferme Cotes du Luberon Blanc 2008 (France) $7.99
La Vieille Ferme is the only winery to have wines make both the Top 10 White list AND my Top Red Wines for Under $10 list. This speaks not just to the quality of their wines but also to their value. Very interesting blend of 10% Roussanne, 30% Grenache Blanc, 30%Bourboulenc and 30% Ugni Blanc. Blending is a common theme with both red and white French wines and can lead to some very interesting wines. Great melon and fruit flavors with enough sweetness to make this a nice sipping wine but not too sweet to limit its' use with food.
We actually served this one chilled for a dessert party we had and it was a big hit. We did have some light snacks so I got to try it with a mix of food. Goes great with shrimp and I would recommend it with seafood, foul, cream based or cheese based Italian or French foods as well as sushi, light thai or chinese and it will go especially well with creamy desserts. Really is a great value if you want to impress by serving a nice French table wine without breaking the bank.The friend who originally turned me onto this wine is a wedding planner and recommends it for use at weddings (looks and tastes expensive but is a GREAT value!!)
#6 - MAN Vintners Chenin Blanc 2009 (South Africa) $9.99
Very cool wine from a very cool vineyard! South Africa has really come onto the scene lately and this is another example of why! Great fruit flavors with hints of papaya, mango, citrus and pear. Nice finish with a little bright acidity. Very versatile and enjoyable wine.
Serve by itself if you like a nice glass of chilled white or with pretty much any white wine friendly foods (chicken, seafood, sushi, salads etc.) Chenin Blanc is sometimes made into sparkling wines and this wine in particular has some of the same characteristics and is just a real pleasure to drink.
#7 - Concha y Toro Casillero del Diablo Sauvignon Blanc 2008 (Chile) $9.79
This is a very nice Sauvignon Blanc from a winery with a fantastic history of producing some really top-notch wines. Great berry and citrus flavors with a very nice, full body which you do not always find in this type of wine.
Sauvignon Blanc is one of the food friendliest of white wines and will go with all the usual white-wine suspects such as most types of foul (might be too light for strong flavors like duck though) seafood, cream and cheese based pastas, salads and sushi. I would also open it up and say this would work with red meats that were not too heavily seasoned such as pork roast or chops.
#8 - Smoking Loon Viognier 2007 ( California) $9.79
Wow am I glad that I tried this wine! I am astounded that this ended up my #8 as I REALLY like it, that just goes to show how strong this group of 10 is!! Beautiful straw color with a very floral bouquet. Very appealing peach, nectarine and pear flavors with a great honey undertone. This is almost a dessert wine but the finish has a nice kick of spice which really makes this wine go great with food!
Chicken, fish, cream based Italian and French foods, non-spicy Mexican and Chinese. I had mine with a light basil Thai curry and the wine goes amazingly well with the coconut milk I used in the curry. I am a big fan of this wine and look forward to trying more wines from this winery.
#9 - Kenwood Sauvignon Blanc 2008 (Sonoma California) $9.99
A very nice entry from Sonoma County California. Kenwood has been knocking out high-quality wines for over 30 years now and I have had many of them over the years. This is another example of what amazing grapes and a fantastic winemaker can do. Nice crisp, refreshing wine with lots of citrus, peach, honeydew and lemongrass flavors.
Great wine for most asian cuisine as well as chicken, seafood and salads. I actually made myself a grilled tuna sandwich but replaced the tuna with smoked salmon...first time I tried that...YUMMY! Anyway, this wine is great and considering that it is made with fruit from Carneros and Russian River, it is a STEAL at this price!
#10 - Marques de Caceres Rioja Blanco 2008 (Spain) $8.99
We end the list with a classic example of a dry Spanish white table wine. I lived in Spain for a few months and this wine brings back memories of what the family I stayed with would serve with rabbit, pheasant, chicken and the great potato and egg Super omelets...never could remember what they were called but they were GREAT! Nice crisp wine with apple and pear flavors. Not a sweet wine, but one that goes very well with food.
The nice thing about a dryer white wine is that due to the lack of sugar/sweetness, it works well with foods that traditionally call for a red wine. I would say this would work with tomato based pastas as well as lightly spiced red meats. I had mine with tomato and lobster bisque.
Honorable Mention - Pacific Rim Dry Riesling 2006 (Washington State) $5.69
How could I not add in a runner up when one of the contenders was $5.69 a bottle??!?!?!? First off, this is wine is one of those that you may not like. it is VERY dry and is more of a throw-back to the days before High-Tech allowed winemakers to manipulate the wine at almost every stage in order to meld it to their desires. This is a very dry Riesling with lots of citrus and mineral flavors.
Great with hard cheeses, seafood and spicy Chinese, Thai and Indian. Pair with foods that bring plenty of their own flavors which will moderate the dryness of the wine.
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