Recommend White Wine for Wine Newbie
My name is Mike and I am a long time reader now making my first post :)
I am looking for recommendations for white wines. I am 21 and new to drinking wine. Over the years I have tried the wines my parents bought but never liked them (almost always Franzia brand boxed wine, either Chillable Red or Zinfandel). I always found these way to bitter, as well as the way I feel about any other red that I have tried (save for a bottle of Wal-Mart brand Sweet Red my brother bought once).
The one sure fire wine I know I enjoy is Portuguese Vinho Verde. Luckily for me this is easy for me to track down as I live about an hour away from Fall River, MA (aka little Sao Miguel) and I run out there about once a month to stock up on Chourico and other portuguese supplies.
I just want to expand my taste and I am looking for recommendations. Big bonus for brands I can find for under $10.
Thank you ahead of time,
Vinho Verde is distinctive and there's not much like it.
The obvious suggestion would be to look for verdejo and verdelho at a store with good imports.
Verde means green. The gruner in gruner veltliner also means green. There are some one liter bottles of gruner veltliner that are fairly serious wines. Look for ones imported by Terry Thiese.
Foxglove is the second label for Varner. Their chardonnay runs about $12 a bottle and is pretty good.
Chateau St. Michelle riesling is usually less than $10.
In that vein, I would also look to a few other wines/varietals:
Albariño/Alvarinho -similar in acid, mouth-feel, and also in the parings with many foods.
Sauvignon Blanc - I'd hold off on the wonderful NZ SB's, until later
White Bordeaux - especially the SB, but some Semillons and blends as well.
Many Loire whites
That would be my starting point, or points, and I'd hope to enjoy,