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Top 5 White Wines for under $12

Posted in: Bang for Your Buck

Check out my picks for white wines offering the most bang for your buck and where to buy them in the DC area!


1. Clean Slate Riesling $10

This Riesling from Mosel, Germany is an immensely food friendly wine. Off-dry with flavors of stone fruit and a floral nose, this wine is balanced by great acidity. Great for pairing with spicy Latin or Asian dishes .

Find it at: De Vinos and D’Vines. Their 2 for $20 bins, pictured above, are great for stocking up on bargain picks!

2.  Ponga Sauvignon Blanc $11.99

From Marlborough, New Zealand, this wine offers incredible value. From the region most associated for producing Sauvignon Blanc with citrus and grassy notes, this crisp wine doesn’t disappoint.

Find it at: Chat’s Wine and Liquors

3. La Baron Chardonnay 11.99

For fans of oakey, buttery Chardonnay, this wine offers a phenomenal value not often found in wines from Sonoma!  The oak is balanced with apple and pear notes for a full-bodied wine sure to please any California Chard lover.

Find it at: Schneider’s of Capitol Hill

4. Hugues Beauvignac Picpoul  $7.49

A great everyday pick, this dry wine from the Southwest of France is easy drinking and great with lighter fare. We actually served this wine at our wedding!

Find it at the Alexandria, VA Total Wine

5. Gran Cardiel $11.99

This Spanish sipper from Rueda, Spain is a blend of 50% Viura and 50% Verdejo.  Crisp and medium bodied, it boasts excellent acidity and notes of apple and pear.                                                                                                     

Find it at: Georgetown Wine & Spirits

What are your favorite bargain wine buys?

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