Cold values for your fridge right now

Global warming is real. Real good if you love cold wine.

Here are some high value winners you should be drinking. Save them to your wishlist so you don’t forget when you’re shopping.

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CRISP WHITES:

Joel Gott Sauvignon Blanc 2015  ($9-14)
Citrusy, grapefruity, tropical. Zippy acidity and fun. This crushes the $15 competition in our tastings. It hasn’t had an expert review since Wine Spectator’s 89 points in 2012, but it’s big value.

Chateau Ste. Michelle Sauvignon Blanc 2015  ($7-14)
Honeydew melon, pineapple, granny smith. It’s $7 in LA and $12+ in Seattle. Seattle. Where it’s made. I don’t get it. Anyway, at $7 you should stock up. Historically, it scores in the 88 pt range. Solid for this price. More importantly, tasters always agree it’s balanced and dependable. Not to mention it’s cheap + good enough to cook with. Throw it in with some clams and butter or as a bolognese base. Keep 2-3 bottles chilling and everyone is happy when you need it.

BUTTERY, OAKY WHITES:

Bonterra Chardonnay ($8-11)
Oaky, buttery, bright. Yes this is that organic wine. Cheap chardonnay is usually gross. This one is good value. It’s oaky and buttery in the California style, if you like that, but it’s got sharper focus and lighter body than its pricy colleagues. So it’s ideal for a hot day refresher.

EXOTIC WHITES:

Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc + Viognier 2015 ($12-15)
Attention wine nerds: you can debate about this, even if it’s not for everyone. 90pt scores from critics like Robert Parker, who says “A consistent, big-time winner in the value sweepstakes… big, flowery, fresh honeysuckle and tropical fruit, a light to medium-bodied mouthfeel, beautiful purity, texture and a long finish”. I find this simultaneously sweet (melons and apple pie) and bitter (think raw almonds). It tastes very well made for what it is. I don’t love it, but I’m curious what you think…

 

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