2006 Chateau Ste. Michelle Dry Riesling ($12)
This is definitely one of the great wine bargains in the world. Lime-zest aromas, lively acidity, intense fruit—if you want to know why Riesling inspires such devotion, this is a great introduction to the grape. And starting with the 2006, Chateau Ste. Michelle sells this wine nationwide, instead of just in the northwest.
2005 Ca’ del Solo Big House White ($10)
A blend of Viognier and other white grapes from all over California’s wine regions, this crisp wine has floral notes and an appealing fruitiness.
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2006 Dry Creek Vineyard Dry Chenin Blanc ($12)
Most of Dry Creek Vineyard’s wines sell for well over $20, but this rich, melony, full-bodied white, made without a trace of oak aging, is a welcome exception.