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Seeking Advice for Inexpensive Whites

My roommate loves to cook but does not drink wine. I, on the other hand, love wine, and refuse to cook.

She has expressed some willingness to try wine but not my dry reds. I expect she would like light fruity whites, but I need recommendations because my experience is only with reds. Since she is just getting her feet wet we don't want to spend too much experimenting. Any guidance is greatly appreciated.

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    1. re: maria lorraine

      Maybe that was the wrong term to use, my parents were really big on learning to cook at an early age so I have been cooking since I was like 9 years old and now I generally stay away from it. It's a culturally thing.

    2. Suggest Dr. Loosen "Dr. L" Riesling '07 and Naia (Verdejo from Rueda, Spain)...any vintage.
      Delicious, and both under $15 each.

      1. Thirsty Lizard Sauvignon Blanc is only about $7 a litre. Comes in a box

        1. drumwine is correct with the Dr. L Riesling.

          A little bit cheaper try hogue riesling from Washington which has a bit of sweetness

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          1. re: wineglas

            I wouldn't assume that someone new to wine necessarily likes sweet, fruity wines. Be sure to also try something more minerally and austere as well. And as for Riesling, its very high acidity turns a some people off (I've heard it described as "a stomach ache in a glass" by a witty non-fan).

          2. Terry Thiese imports some nice 1 liter bottles of Gruner Veltliner, like Berger. That's a nice place to start.
            Savoie isn't that fruity, but you should try a bottle of that (Quenard is a good one) that you can pick up in the middle teens.
            Try a Foxglove chardonnay, one of my favorite inexpensive wines.

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            1. re: SteveTimko

              Is Berger the one with the metal "soda pop" type bottle caps? Got a case from Whole Foods a couple of years ago that went great with Thai and other spicy Asian dishes. (also loved the looks from other tables while applying a beer bottle type opener.

              1. re: PolarBear

                I've only had Berger once but no it wasn't a beer bottle cap. I think it was a screw top.

                1. re: SteveTimko

                  Just found a bottle, it was Setzer that I was thinking of.

            2. I would look to New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, German Rieslings, and to the Chenin Blanc based Loire wines.

              Look for a drier Vouvray from the Loire.

              The Dr. L that someone suggested is excellent advice.