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Jul 12, 2008 03:56 PM

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 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.

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  1. Safeway in CA is running some really good sales on SB, I saw yesterday. Dunno if you have one in your area.

    In general, though, Bonny Doon Pacific Rim Dry Rielsing comes to mind as a good option for you.

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    1. re: whiner

      Just a note. There is no longer such a thing as Bonny Doon Pacific Rim Dry Riesling. Bonny Doon sold off the label a while back. Truth be told, I haven't tried the new version of the wine, but past quality is no longer a guarantee of future performance.


    2. check out the white wines from Washington State... tasty Rieslings and non-oaky chardonnays are what come first to mind, and lots to choose from in the $9 - $12 price range. great qpr

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      1. re: ChefJune

        I second that WA emotion. I remember there being some nice Sauvignon Blanc - Chardonnay blends, crisp, minerally and not at all buttery/oaky which is probably what you don't like in Chardonnay.

        1. re: tmso

          Chauteu Ste. Michelle makes a dry reisling that is reasonably priced and will please a crowd. I served it at my wedding.

        1. 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.

          1. 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.