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11 Best White Wines Under $20

To find the best white wine, look for a bottle that's affordable enough to enjoy—and tasty enough to impress.

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Joseph Drouhin Macon Villages 2017via wine.com

Joseph Drouhin Macon-Villages Chardonnay, France

$15

Burgundy on a budget? Yes, please! This is a lovely Chardonnay from the Macon region of southern Burgundy. It boasts plenty of green apple, lemon, white tree blossoms, almond, a hint of toast and vanilla notes. If you ask us, it’s perfect alongside a roast chicken.

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Cono Sur Organic Sauvignon Blanc, Chilevia conosur.com

Cono Sur Organic Sauvignon Blanc, Chile


$11

This widely available Chilean beauty is crisp and refreshing, making it a must for seafood dishes. It leads with vibrant citrus, the taste of fresh melon and a touch of fresh herbs.

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Yalumba Y Series Viognier, South Australiavia yalumba.com

Yalumba Y Series Viognier, South Australia


$10

With a generous full-bodied flavor and enticing aromas, it’s hard to resist Yalumba’s Y Series Viognier. Loaded with peach, apricot, heady honeysuckle and exotic lychee, this white wine is a winner for balmy summer evenings.

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Domaine de l'Ecu Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Granite, Francevia winex.com

Domaine de l’Ecu Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Granite, France


$17

Not to be confused with sweet moscato, Muscadet is the ultimate wine with oysters (or any seafood, really). It’s zesty, crisp with a lemony-salty character that’s just magical with any fruits de mer.

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Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio, Italyvia santamargheritawines.com

Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio, Italy


$17

If you’re a pinot grigio lover, you’re probably well-acquainted with Santa Margherita. This crisp pinot grigio is wonderfully expressive with apple, pear and mouthwatering lemon. It may just be the best white wine to pair with your picnic.

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Vietti Moscato d'Asti Cascinetta, Italyvia vietti.com

Vietti Moscato d’Asti Cascinetta, Italy


$14

Let’s stay in Italy a moment with this exquisite Moscato d’Asti. Lightly sweet with irresistible notes of roses, ginger, and perfectly ripe peach, this Moscato has a slight fizz to it but isn’t fully sparkling. Enjoy it on its own as a drinkable dessert or with summer fruits.

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Banshee Sonoma Coast Chardonnay, Californiavia bansheewines.com

Banshee Sonoma Coast Chardonnay, California


$19

Phenomenally sophisticated, this is a chardonnay anyone can fall in love with. Ripe apple, Meyer lemon, shades of tropical fruit and vanilla are rounded out by a creamy texture and vibrant acid. This what California chardonnay is all about.

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Stolpman Sauvignon Blanc, Californiavia wine.com

Stolpman Sauvignon Blanc, California


$20

This is a juicy Sauvignon blanc balanced by mouthwatering acidity and a stony minerality. Part tropical fruit, part citrus and softened by a bit of neutral oak aging, it’s a winning pairing with shrimp.

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Hirsch 'Hirschvergnugen' Grüner Veltliner, Austriavia weingut-hirsch.at

Hirsch ‘Hirschvergnugen’ Grüner Veltliner, Austria


$15

If you like Sauvignon blanc but are in the mood for something a little different, check out the classic Austrian grape Grüner Veltliner. Hirsch makes outstanding examples produced from biodynamically farmed grapes. (It’s essentially next-level organic.) This particular wine tastes of crisp yellow apple and pear, citrus peel and white pepper.

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Ken Forrester Old Vine Reserve Chenin Blanc, South Africavia kenforresterwines.com

Ken Forrester Old Vine Reserve Chenin Blanc, South Africa


$15

Chenin blanc originally hails from France but has found a new home in South Africa’s vineyards. Chardonnay fans will love Chenin. This example from Ken Forrester is all rich pineapple and apricot, honey, spice and vanilla.

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Gerard Bertrand Picpoul de Pinet, Francevia gerard-bertrand.com

Gerard Bertrand Picpoul de Pinet, France


$16

Whipping up some mussels or a tasty bouillabaisse? You’ll be wanting this zesty Picpoul de Pinet. It’s full-bodied but possesses exhilarating brightness with a wealth of lemon, acacia and honeysuckle, and delicious minerality.

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