The Best Affordable White Wine, $15 and Under
There are plenty of super-pricey white wines in the world—a bottle of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Montrachet will set you back $5,000—but most of us are not billionaires. Fine. Life may not be fair in that way, but it's got its good points, too: For instance, you can also seriously improve your evening by picking up one of these great white wines that all run $15 or under. Even if you are a billionaire, in fact.
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2019 Aveleda Fonte Vinho Verde ($8)
A blend of Trajadura, Loureiro, Arinto and Azal Branco grapes, this is bracing, with citrus and green apple notes.
2019 La Vieille Ferme Côtes du Luberon Blanc ($8)
From Rhône's southernmost zone, this is fresh and peachy.
2019 Indaba Western Cape Chenin Blanc ($10)
Lemon-lime and herb flavors mark this refreshing white.
2020 Berger Kremstal Grüner Veltliner ($11 for 1 liter)
Sealed with an easy-to-pop crown cap, this zesty one-liter bottling makes a great summer white.
2020 Le Jaja de Jau Pays d'Oc Sauvignon Blanc ($11)
Tart and refreshing, with lime and grapefruit flavors.
2019 Fontana Candida Frascati Superiore Secco ($8)
Fresh and fragrant, with citrus, peach and floral flavors.
NV Segura Viudas Cava Brut Reserva ($10)
This low-priced gem is packed with green apple and citrus.
2017 Catena Alamos Mendoza Chardonnay ($10)
Oak aging adds a vanilla note to tangy citrus and pear flavors.
2019 d'Arenberg The Stump Jump McLaren Vale White ($12)
A medium-bodied blend of Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Marsanne, and Roussanne that's packed with fruit flavor.
2019 Santa Carolina Casablanca Reserva Chardonnay ($13)
The Casablanca Valley's cooler climate imparts a nice vibrancy to ripe apricot and peach flavors.
2019 Maculan Pino & Toi Veneto ($15)
A peachy, floral blend of Toi (formerly known as Tocai), Pinot Bianco and Pinot Grigio at a super price.
2019 Veramonte Casablanca Reserva Sauvignon Blanc ($11)
Bold tropical aromas are followed by lime flavors.
2019 Ken Forrester Petit Stellenbosch Chardonnay ($14)
A creamy, aromatic white from renowned South African vintner Ken Forrester.
2020 Los Vascos Casablanca Valley Sauvignon Blanc ($10)
Zippy and refreshing, with savory lime and grass flavors.
2020 Chateau Ste Michelle Dry Riesling ($11)
Year in and year out, this Washington State Riesling—which is crisp, dry, and full of vibrant lime-zesty fruit—is one of the best deals in white wine around.
2018 Hogue Cellars Columbia Valley Riesling ($11)
Citrus and peach flavors mark this lovely off-dry bargain.
2019 Elsa Bianchi Mendoza Torrontés ($11)
Orange blossom and minerals mark this delicious white from one of the coolest areas in Mendoza's San Rafael subregion.
2019 Marqués de Cáceres Ruedo Verdejo ($10)
A citrus and floral-tinged Verdejo from esteemed Rioja producer Marqués de Cáceres.
2019 Anselmo Mendes Pássaros Vinho Verde Loureiro ($10)
Loaded with bright, zippy lime and green pear flavors, this refreshing white is a terrific value.
2020 Condes de Albarei Rias Baixas Albariño ($14)
An ideal summer sipper, this Albariño features light, zesty green apple notes and a salty kick.
2020 Yalumba Y Series Unwooded South Australia Viognier ($11)
Crisp and evocative, this affordable version of a notoriously difficult grape to grow is particularly impressive.
2018 Santa Rita Casablanca Reserva Sauvignon Blanc ($13)
Consistently an amazing value, this Sauvignon Blanc is loaded with fragrant lime, herb and tropical flavors.
2018 The Chard Project California Chardonnay ($14)
An appealing everyday Chardonnay with ample yellow apple flavors at an incredible value.
2019 Dry Creek Vineyard Clarksburg Chenin Blanc ($14)
Made with grapes from a vineyard located in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, this features lively citrus tones.
2019 Edna Valley Vineyard Paragon Edna Valley Chardonnay ($13)
A great everyday white, bursting with refreshing green apple and citrus notes.
2019 A to Z Wineworks Oregon Pinot Gris ($15)
A great value, with bright apple and lime on the palate.
2019 Acrobat Foley Oregon Pinot Gris ($14)
A great value; full of satiny quince, nut and apple flavors.
2018 Lamoreaux Landing Finger Lakes Dry Riesling ($13)
This white's robust peach flavors are deliciously juicy and made vivid by bright acidity.
2019 Château de Saint Cosme Little James' Basket Press Vin de Pays d'Oc ($14)
This unusual, crisply delicious blend of lush, tropical Viognier and zesty Sauvignon Blanc comes at a compellingly low price.
2019 Inama Soave Classico ($15)
Citrusy and refreshing, this Soave boasts a round texture and loads of minerals on the finish.
2019 Tasca d'Almerita Sicilia Regaleali Bianco ($14)
Almerita's Regaleali estate turns out this fresh, floral-edged blend of three native grapes.
2019 Pierre Sparr Alsace Pinot Blanc ($15)
Fresh apple and pear notes mark this food-friendly wine.
2019 Mulderbosch Western Cape Chenin Blanc ($15)
Bursting with intense zesty lime and green apple flavors.
2018 Hugel Alsace Gentil ($15)
This filigreed, aromatic white blend has lots of personality.
2019 Bodegas Nekeas Vega Sindoa Navarra Chardonnay ($13)
Silky baked pear and stone fruit mark this great-value white.
2019 Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve California Chardonnay ($13)
Straightforward citrus flavors are rich yet focused in this tasty KJ white.
2020 Cousiño-Macul Isidora Maipo Sauvignon Gris ($15)
Lemon-lime flavors reveal a pleasant trace of sweetness in this Chilean white.
2020 CVNE Monopole Rioja Blanco ($14)
Zippy acidity and ripe melon and citrus notes make this a textbook introduction to the Viura grape.
NV Mionetto Prosecco Treviso Brut ($13)
Crisp and bright, with zippy lemon and apple accents.
2019 Matetic Corralillo San Antonio Sauvignon Blanc ($15)
Marked by vivacious passion fruit and grapefruit.
2019 Buitenverwachting Constantia Sauvignon Blanc ($15)
A firm backbone of acidity and brisk grass and mineral flavors.
2019 Simonsig Stellenbosch Chenin Blanc ($14)
There's an appealing green apple note amid citrus flavors.
2019 Alois Lageder Alto Adige Pinot Grigio ($15)
A fragrant, mineral white that makes a strong case for the Pinot Grigio grape.
2019 Martín Códax Albariño ($14)
This widely available bottling makes a great introduction to Albariño, with zesty lime and herb flavors and a hint of fizz.
2020 Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc / Viognier ($14)
Melony and crisp, this juicy but unoaked white comes from a producer primarily known for high-end Napa Valley Cabernets.
2019 Badenhorst The Curator White Blend ($11)
South African wine superstar Adi Badenhorst crafts this supple white from Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay and Viognier from cool vineyards on the country's western coast.
2019 Novellum Chardonnay ($13)
Three months on the lees (leftover yeasts) from Domaine Lafage's Viognier-based whites give this Chardonnay from France's Roussillon surprising depth and richness.
2019 Herencia Altés Garnatxa Blanca ($14)
Old vines in Spain's Terra Alta region are the source for this fresh, juicy white Grenache, which has a touch of citrus peel bitterness (in a nice way) on the finish.
2019 Azul y Garanza Viura ($13 for 1 liter)
A Spanish white for Sauvignon Blanc lovers, this liter-sized bottle from Navarra offers bright, grapefruit-inflected flavors that would be perfect with raw oysters.
2019 Telmo Rodriguez Basa White ($15)
One of Spain's most talented winemakers, Rodriguez works in a number of regions and with a number of grapes varieties. This spritely white from Rueda has fresh lime and mineral notes.
2019 Garofoli Macrina Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico ($15)
This floral, straw-colored Italian white ends on the almondy note typical of Verdicchio. It's eminently refreshing, and ideal for an early evening cocktail party.
2019 Masi Masianco Pinot Grigio/Verduzzo ($14)
Famed Amarone producer Masi doesn't just make powerful, pricey reds. Witness this minerally blend of Pinot Grigio with the far less well known, local Friulian variety Verduzzo.
2018 Hess Select Monterey County Chardonnay ($13)
Creamy pear notes and a judicious amount of oak spice make this Chardonnay from California's cool Monterey region an excellent deal.
2019 J Lohr Riverstone Chardonnay ($13)
Ripe peach and tropical fruit notes abound in this full-bodied white. For those who like their Chardonnay in the richer and more creamy California style, this is a consistent winner.
2020 Sella & Mosca La Cala Vermentino ($14)
This Sardinian white has a seashell minerality to it, together with plenty of citrusy fruit. Grilled shrimp would be an ideal pairing.
2019 La Carraia Orvieto Classico ($12)
Floral and melony, this Italian white—a mix of Grechetto and Procanico, with a little Viognier and Vermentino to add aromatic lift—is a crisp winner at an excellent price.
2020 Vermonte Sauvignon Blanc Reserva Made with Organic Grapes ($12)
This organic Chilean Sauvignon Blanc is peppery, grapefruity and has a finish that recalls salty lime zest—think spicy margarita in wine form and you won't be far off.
2020 Cousiño-Macul Isidora Sauvignon Gris ($15)
Sauvignon Gris offers a little more texture than its more well known relation, Sauvignon Blanc. In this Chilean white, it has green apple and cut grass notes, with a hint of white pepper on the finish.
2019 Kris Pinot Grigio ($15)
A consistent white wine value, Kris consistently delivers more personality than most similarly priced Pinot Grigios—think white peaches and a hint of citrus blossom, dry and light.
2019 Bila-Haut Côtes de Roussillon Blanc ($15)
Famed Rhône winemaker Michel Chapoutier started this Roussillon several years back - the white, a blend of Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, Macabeu & Vermentino, is lush and citrusy.