white wine [moved from Midwest board]
As usual, I agree with zin1953. You can get some very good, and not so common wines that way.
However, if you are looking for some specific recommendations that meet your criteria and are realitvely easy to find almost anywhere are the most recent vintages of:
Chateau St. Jean Fume Blanc Sonoma County
Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough
Mulderbosch Sauvignon Blanc Stellenbosch
St. Urbans-Hof Riesling QbA Mosel-Saar-Ruwer
Dear David and Bess --
Why get a half decent bottle of white wine (or red, for that matter) when, for $20, you can get a more than [fully] decent botlte of wine? Don't sell yourself short! Wine needn't cost $193.25 to be good.
Your best bet is to go into a local wine retailer with a solid reputation and ask THEM for advise. They will NOT steer you wrong . . .
You can definitely get a decent Sauvingon Blanc or Riesling for that price point.
If you have a good wine shop in your area, ask them for recommendations.
Many people would immediately go for a Chardonnay because they don't know
the myraid of other options. I personally would rather drink a lovely French Viognier
or Chablis, one of the many of the tasty German/Austrian/Alsace wines or a great Kerner
from Alto Adige before I'd venture into Chard territory.