International Whites Under $20
We've rounded up an interesting variety of terrific white wines from around the globe. They're perfect for pairing with lighter summer menus, and every one is less than $20 a bottle. Look for them in your local wine shop or buy online. Enjoy!
Acordeon Torrontes ~ Argentina $9
This refreshing Argentinian white wine has aromas of honeysuckle, jasmine, nectarine, grapefruit, lime and pineapple. On the palate, it's crisp and juicy, with intriguing pear, lemon and orange zest flavors and suggestions of honey and slate on the lengthy finish. Try pairing with gazpacho, grilled shrimp, fresh fruit and mild to medium-flavored cheeses.
Yellow Tail Sauvignon Blanc ~ Australia $8
This new wine from Yellow Tail is a pale straw color with vibrant citrus, passion fruit and grassy scents on the nose and refreshing flavors of limes, tropical fruit and green apples on the palate. The lengthy finish shows depth of flavor with crisp, refreshing acidity. Pairs well with seafood.
BioKult Grüner Veltliner ~ Austria $12
This Austrian wine is made from organically grown grapes. Pale and silvery in color, it has aromas of citrus, custard, minerals and prairie grass. Slightly dry and light bodied with a touch of white pepper and lime rind flavors, Grüner Veltliner is delicious with grilled fish and seafood and fresh goat cheese.
Georges Duboeuf Macon-Villages Flower Label ~ France $12
A 100% Chardonnay wine from the Maconnais region of France, this wine is pale gold in color with hints of emerald green. Aromas of subtle fruit and spring flowers combine with notes of citrus. A fresh, lemony flavor and almond and hazelnut finish make this wine perfect for pairing with grilled or broiled fish, cheese assortments or light fare like salads.
Chateau Petit Roubie Picpoul de Pinet ~ France $14
An ideal summer wine for those willing to stray beyond Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc. The Picpoul grape makes wine that's crisp and refreshing but still manages to have a bit of body to it. It shows off its location near the sunny shores of the Mediterranean with a slightly tropical feel. We don't want to suggest overripe pineapples, but rather a sense of the warmth of the region that you can feel in the wine, balanced by citrus notes, minerals and that pleasant saltiness.
Sopranos Pinot Grigio ~ Hand-picked Pinot Grigio from Friuli, Italy $17
A full bodied white with hints of fresh, zesty melon and floral aromas on the nose with a clean crisp finish and lingering fresh acidity. Nicely balanced between traditional fruit and ripe tropical flavors. Serve lightly chilled with oysters, spicy grilled chicken or any grilled seafood.
Cupcake Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc ~ Marlborough, New Zealand $10
This wine is silver-green in color and has aromas of grapefruit with a touch of fresh grass. Refreshingly light and crisp with flavors of lemons and Key limes and a mineral finish, it pairs well with rich seafood dishes.
Shark Trust Great White Chardonnay ~ Western Cape South Africa $10
This easy-drinking, unwooded Chardonnay boasts aromas of lemon and lime. Exotic flavors mingle with rich orange and a pleasing light dry finish, making it a perfect complement for foods like grilled chicken, salmon and shrimp. 10% of proceeds benefit shark conservation.
Kanu Chenin Blanc ~ Stellenbosch, South Africa $10
This wine is pale straw in color and has aromas of tropical fruit and melon with a hint of spice. Flavors of pineapple and papaya and a crisp finish work well with grilled vegetables, salads, pan-seared fish, smoked chicken and light pasta dishes.
Segura Viudas Creu de Lavit ~ Penedes, Spain $15
A delightfully unusual wine, Creu de Lavit is made from Xarel-lo, one of the traditional grapes used in making cava, Spain's sparkling wine. Soft, full and incredibly aromatic, with notes of pineapple, ripe pear, cinnamon and just a hint of smokiness. Nice served with spicy Asian fare or a variety of seafood dishes.
Compiled by the editors at MyCocktailConnection