Best $15-and-Under White Wines

Food & Wine: 2009 Acrobat Pinot Gris ($12). Photo courtesy of King Estate.
2009 Acrobat Pinot Gris ($12). Photo courtesy of King Estate. Courtesy of King Estate
Here are more than 60 still and sparkling whites, all steals, that are on store shelves now. These terrific bottles come from some of the world's best wineries.

More $15-and-Under Wines:

Wines $10-and-Under

2010 Aveleda Fonte Vinho Verde ($8)

A blend of Trajadura, Loureiro, Arinto and Azal Branco grapes, this is bracing, with citrus and green apple notes.

2010 Lindeman’s Bin 90 Moscato ($8)

A light-bodied, slightly sweet white brimming with fragrant lime zest and orange blossom tones.

2010 La Vieille Ferme Côtes du Luberon ($9)

From Rhône’s southernmost zone, this is fresh and peachy.

2010 Elsa Bianchi Torrontés ($9)

Orange blossom and minerals mark this delicious white from one of the coolest areas in Mendoza’s San Rafael subregion.

2010 Marqués de Cáceres White Rioja ($10)

Stainless steel fermentation keeps this white Rioja’s citrus flavors fresh and vibrant.

2010 Aveleda Follies Alvarinho-Loureiro ($10)

Loaded with bright, zippy lemon and green pear flavors, this refreshing white is a terrific value.

2010 Indaba Chenin Blanc ($10)

Lemon-lime and herb flavors mark this refreshing white.

2010 Le Jaja de Jau Sauvignon Blanc ($10)

Tart and refreshing, with lime and grapefruit flavors.

2010 Fontana Candida Frascati ($10)

Fresh and fragrant, with citrus, peach and floral flavors.

2010 Salneval Albariño ($10)

An ideal summer sipper, this Albariño features light, zesty green apple notes and a salty kick.

2010 Luis Pato Maria Gomes White Beiras ($10)

Fragrant pear and nectarine flavors have a mineral-rich finish in this blend of Maria Gomes and Arinto grapes.

NV Segura Viudas Brut Reserva ($10)

This low-priced gem is packed with green apple and citrus.

Wines Under $15

2009 Hogue Riesling ($11)

Citrus and peach flavors mark this lovely off-dry bargain.

2010 Santa Carolina Reserva Chardonnay ($11)

The Casablanca Valley’s cooler climate imparts a nice vibrancy to ripe apricot and peach flavors.

2009 Maculan Pino & Toi ($11)

A peachy, floral blend of Tai (formerly known as Tocai), Pinot Bianco and Pinot Grigio at a super price.

2010 Yalumba The Y Series Viognier ($12)

Lemon, lychee and apricot flavors shine in this exotic white.

2010 Santa Rita Reserva Sauvignon Blanc ($12)

Consistently an amazing value, this Sauvignon Blanc is loaded with fragrant lime, herb and tropical flavors.

2010 Veramonte Reserva Sauvignon Blanc ($12)

Bold tropical aromas are followed by lime flavors.

2010 Mas Carlot Costières de Nîmes Tradition Costières de Nîmes ($12)

An easy-drinking blend of Grenache and Syrah with a mix of vibrant red-fruit flavors.

2009 Dancing Bull Chardonnay ($12)

An appealing everyday Chardonnay with ample yellow apple flavors that have just a hint of sweetness.

2009 Dry Creek Vineyard Dry Chenin Blanc ($12)

Made with grapes from a vineyard located in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, this features lively citrus tones.

2009 Edna Valley Vineyard Paragon Chardonnay ($12)

A great everyday white, bursting with refreshing green apple and citrus notes.

2009 Geyser Peak Winery Sauvignon Blanc ($12)

This zesty, always delicious white offers exuberant lime, sweet melon and grass flavors.

2009 A to Z Pinot Gris ($12)

A great value, with bright apple and lime on the palate.

2009 Acrobat Pinot Gris ($12)

A great value; full of satiny quince, nut and apple flavors.

2009 Columbia Winery Cellarmaster’s Riesling ($12)

This white’s robust peach flavors are deliciously juicy and made vivid by bright acidity.

2010 Trumpeter Torrontés ($12)

Aromatic lime zest is up front in this vibrant white.

2008 Barossa Valley Estate E Minor Chardonnay ($13)

Stuart Bourne makes this Chardonnay, which shows nice balance between its oak influence and lemony acidity.

2010 Valentín Bianchi Sauvignon Blanc ($13)

This first-vintage wine is full of mineral and lime flavors.

2009 François Chidaine Sauvignon Touraine ($13)

Biodynamically farmed vines yielded this tangy, citrusy Sauvignon Blanc with a smooth texture and notes of herb.

2010 Little James’ Basket Press Vin de Pays d’Oc ($13)

This unusual, crisply delicious blend of lush, tropical Viognier and zesty Sauvignon Blanc comes at a compellingly low price.

2010 Mas Carlot Clairette de Bellegarde Clairette de Bellegarde ($13)

Thanks to very old vines, the humble Clairette grape yields this pleasant white with silky stone-fruit flavors.

2009 Allegrini Soave ($13)

Citrusy and refreshing, this Soave boasts a round texture and loads of minerals on the finish.

2009 Alamos Chardonnay ($13)

Oak aging adds a vanilla note to tangy citrus and pear flavors.

2010 Los Vascos Sauvignon Blanc ($13)

Zippy and refreshing, with savory lime and grass flavors.

2010 Paul Cluver Gewürztraminer ($13)

Superaromatic, this expressive wine shows a lovely purity and a hint of sweetness in its vivacious fig and floral notes.

2009 Tasca d’Almerita Regaleali Bianco ($14)

Almerita’s Regaleali estate turns out this fresh, floral-edged blend of three native grapes.

2009 Pierre Sparr Réserve Pinot Blanc ($14)

Fresh apple and pear notes mark this food-friendly wine.

2009 Bonterra Riesling ($14)

Tangy and fresh, with subtly sweet apple and citrus notes.

2009 Mulderbosch Chenin Blanc ($14)

Bursting with intense zesty lime and green apple flavors.

2009 Domaine Weinbach Sylvaner Réserve ($14)

Sylvaners are often bland, yet this slightly sweet apricot-infused example has lots of personality.

2009 Luneau-Papin Pierre de la Grange Vieilles Vignes Muscadet de Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie ($14)

A fabulous bargain, this fresh, captivating wine is made with grapes from old vines.

2009 Bodegas Nekeas Vega Sindoa Chardonnay ($14)

Silky baked pear and stone fruit mark this great-value white.

2009 Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay ($14)

Straightforward citrus flavors are rich yet focused in this tasty KJ white.

2009 Cousiño-Macul Sauvignon Gris ($14)

Lemon-lime flavors reveal a pleasant trace of sweetness.

2010 Viu Manent Secreto Sauvignon Blanc ($14)

Marked by vivacious passion fruit and grapefruit.

2010 Backsberg Kosher Chardonnay ($14)

A refreshing unoaked white full of apricot and lemon flavors.

NV Mionetto Brut ($14)

Crisp and bright, with zippy lemon and apple accents.

$15 Wines

2007 Trimbach Pinot Blanc ($15)

The addition of some Auxerrois contributes a bit of fruitiness to this racy, citrusy Pinot Blanc.

2009 Villa Matilde Rocca dei Leoni Falanghina ($15)

This well-priced wine bursts with white peach and citrus notes.

2010 CVNE Monopole Blanc Rioja Alta ($15)

Zippy acidity and ripe melon and citrus notes make this a textbook introduction to the Viura grape.

2010 Domaine Skouras Moscofilero ($15)

An expressive honeysuckle nose and zesty citrus palate define this charming, summer-perfect white.

2009 Grove Mill Sauvignon Blanc ($15)

A racy mix of herb, lime and vegetable flavors.

2010 Villa Maria Private Bin Dry Riesling ($15)

Pleasantly accessible, with bold peach, apple and lime tones.

2010 Buitenverwachting Sauvignon Blanc ($15)

A firm backbone of acidity and brisk grass and mineral flavors reflect the coolness of the 2010 vintage.

2009 Ken Forrester Chenin Blanc ($15)

There’s an appealing green apple note amid citrus flavors.

2008 Domaines Schlumberger Les Princes Abbés Pinot Blanc ($15)

Schlumberger’s basic wines, including this medium-bodied Pinot Blanc, offer terrific quality.

2009 Hugel et Fils Gentil ($15)

A fragrant, floral blend of five grapes, with soft apricot tones.

2010 Cantine Giorgio Lungarotti Torre di Giano Trebbiano-Grechetto Torgiano ($15)

A graceful, refreshing blend with floral, pear and apple tones and a subtle effervescence.

2010 Condes de Albarei Albariño ($15)

Its clean, minerally lemon-lime flavors are tangy and brisk.

2010 Martín Códax Albariño ($15)

This widely available bottling makes a great introduction to Albariño, with zesty lime and herb flavors and a hint of fizz.

2010 Domäne Wachau Terrassen Grüner Veltliner Federspiel ($15)

Terrassen bottlings come from terraced vineyards, which yield intense, focused wines, like this citrusy example.

2010 Berger Grüner Veltliner ($15 for 1 liter)

Sealed with an easy-to-pop crown cap, this zesty one-liter bottling makes a great summer white.

2009 Foxglove Chardonnay ($15)

The prestigious Santa Barbara region is the main source of the grapes used in this zesty, unoaked white.

2010 Cape Mentelle Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon ($15)

A grassy, crisp white with lime and lanolin notes.

2008 Rocky Gully Dry Riesling ($15)

Frankland’s entry-level Riesling is a steal, loaded with petrol, green apple and tangy lime tones.

2010 Doña Paula Estate Torrontés ($15)

An intense jasmine nose is followed by compelling white peach and succulent tropical flavors.

NV Anna de Codorníu Brut ($15)

This low-priced sparkling blend of Chardonnay and the Spanish grape Parellada is soft and apple-laden.

NV Gruet Brut ($15)

Among the best value sparkling wines made anywhere, this shows a refreshing mix of citrus and green pear.

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