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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

Joseph Drouhin Macon-Villages Chardonnay, France


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

Cono Sur Organic Sauvignon Blanc, Chile


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 Y Series Viognier, South Australia


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

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


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

Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio, Italy


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 Moscato d’Asti Cascinetta, Italy


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

Banshee Sonoma Coast Chardonnay, California


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

Stolpman Sauvignon Blanc, California


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

Hirsch ‘Hirschvergnugen’ Grüner Veltliner, Austria


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

Ken Forrester Old Vine Reserve Chenin Blanc, South Africa


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 Picpoul de Pinet, France


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.

Camille Berry
Part of the third generation in a family of restaurateurs, Camille was born with a passion for cooking and food. She embarked on a career in hospitality where she excelled as a sommelier and wine director. This hospitality experience has given her a wealth of first-hand knowledge about how to pair all manner of drinks with food—plus some serious kitchen skills. These days, she's hung up her wine key in favor of a pen and covers all aspects of food and drink.
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