With the official arrival of spring, I am ready for crisp, cold white wine on my favorite patios around Raleigh (and beyond)! I mentioned in my red wine post last fall that I took wine tasting classes and have enjoyed learning more about my personal preferences when it comes to wines. I still enjoy trying new wines thanks to my wine subscription through the Wine Feed (discount code available in this post) for opportunities to sample new types of wine and learn more about wine varietals. This post compiles my favorite spring white wines that are more widely accessible at your local groceries or Total Wine.
As I mentioned in my red wine post, wine preferences depend on personal tastes. It’s important for me to note that I tend to gravitate towards a Pinot Grigio or a Vinho Verde and I avoid Chardonnays. If you like Chardonnays, great! You just won’t see that reflected in my recommendations below. The 5 bottles that are included in this post are all under $30, and most under $15, so I hope that gives you the opportunity to explore a new wine and get to know what you like, what you don’t like, and what you might consider repurchasing the next time you’re running into the grocery store for a bottle to enjoy over the weekend.
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The Best White Wines to Try Under $30
Biltmore Estate Sauvignon Blanc
Region: North Carolina
Tasting Notes: This Sauvignon Blanc is crisp and refreshing with bright citrus aromas on the nose, fresh peach flavors dancing on the palate and an elegant finish.
Blanka Vinho Verde
Tasting Notes: This vinho verde is fresh and exuberant. It has zesty aromas of lemon and lime with notes of green apple and minerality. It is light bodied with juicy citrus and apple flavors and a crisp finish. It pairs well with ceviche, seafood or salad.
Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio
Region: Valdadige, Italy
Tasting Notes: This dry white wine has a straw yellow color. Its clean, intense aroma and bone-dry taste (with an appealing flavor of Golden Delicious apples) make Santa Margherita’s Pinot Grigio a wine of great personality and versatility.
Scarpetta Pinot Grigio
Tasting Notes: Scarpetta Pinot Grigio is light and dry with veins of minerality and floral aromatics. This wine is crisp and dry with medium high acidity and tastes of stone fruits, lavender, honey, pear, white flowers and minerals.
Spier Chenin Blanc
Region: South Africa
Tasting Notes: Elegant, refreshing and well balanced, displaying aromas that are fresh and fragrant. Filled with tropical fruit, peach and mineral flavors graced with a touch of vanilla on the dry finish.
Here are 6 wines that I enjoyed during quarantine last year, too! Plus my favorite wine glasses.
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