10 ways to score amazing affordable wine

How to pick a great bottle at a great price? Use our lessons from the 2013 Sunset International Wine Competition

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Today's most interesting whites are not Chardonnay
Jeffery Cross

Today's most interesting whites are not Chardonnay

No disrespect for the most-drunk wine in the United States (many Chards won medals), but the varieties that really caught our judges’ fancy included Grenache Blanc, Riesling, Viognier, Picpoul Blanc …

  • Acquiesce 2012 Picpoul Blanc (Lodi; $22)
  • Aimée 2012 Pinot Grigio (Napa Valley; $22)
  • Bokisch 2012 Vista Luna Vineyard Garnacha Blanca (Borden Ranch, Lodi; $16)
  • Carmen 2011 El Pacifico Vineyard Gran Reserva Sauvignon Blanc (Leyda Valley, Chile; $15)
  • Chateau Ste. Michelle & Dr. Loosen 2011 “Eroica” Riesling (Columbia Valley; $20)
  • Claudia Springs 2012 Klindt Vineyard Pinot Gris (Anderson Valley; $22)
  • Clif Family 2012 “Rte. Blanc” Sauvignon Blanc (Napa Valley; $24)
  • Curtis 2011 “Heritage Blanc” Grenache Blanc/Roussanne/Viognier (Santa Barbara County; $20)
  • Doña Paula 2011 Torrontés (Valle de Cafayate, Salta, Argentina; $16)
  • Gilbert Cellars 2012 Riesling (Columbia Valley; $20)
  • Handley 2012 Pinot Gris (Anderson Valley; $20)
  • King Estate 2011 Pinot Gris (Oregon; $17)
  • Schug 2012 Sauvignon Blanc (Sonoma Coast; $20)
  • Silvan Ridge 2011 Viognier (Rogue Valley, Oregon; $18)
  • Starborough 2012 Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough, New Zealand; $15)
  • Viansa 2011 Sauvignon Blanc (Sonoma County; $20)
 

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