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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.