Need white wine suggestions for summer guests
Have always enjoyed the New Zealand sauvignon blancs but they have inched up to $14 a bottle in our Northeast environs. Would like suggestions around $10 or less...no Chilean wines due to allergic reaction to their sulfites. Also, we don't favor Chardonnay so that should narrow the field. Thanks, in advance, for your suggestions.
Vinho Verde (Broadbent)
Gruner Veltliner (Loimer "Lois", Huber "Hugo")
South African Chenin (Man Vintners, Ken Forrester)
Also, I feel compelled to point out that Chilean wines are not, as a rule, higher in sulfites than other wines. In fact, sulfites occur naturally in ALL wines-- they're present in the grapes themselves. Now, they are ADDED to wine on occasion as a preservative, but no more in Chile than in many many other places around the world. Check out Terra Andina, Cousino Macul, and Montes Alpha for a re-introduction to well made Chilean wine.
A decent wine store might have some gruner veltliners imported by Terry Theise for about $11 a bottle. These are one liter bottles as opposed to 750 ml. Those wines can be surprising good.
Also, look for sauvignon blanc or chenin blanc from South Africa.