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Jul 23, 2012 12:36 PM

Looking for decent dry, minerally whites from California for under $10. Does this exist?

hi all,

so I'm planning a wedding, and the goal is to serve all California wines and come in at $10 or under a bottle. maybe could stretch to $12 for the right thing.

we've got all our wines pinned down except for one last white. I'm a big fan of dry, minerally whites, and obviously, most of these are found outside of California, land of the fruity.

however, I would love to hear any suggestions if anyone knows of a dry, minerally, not-too-fruity white that is from California. and that costs under $10-12 a bottle. if I can get it in bulk at BevMo or TJ's, even better.

let me know if there is such a thing in existence, or if I'm just looking for a magical unicorn here.


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  1. Personal opinion: they don't exist. Certainly not in that price range . . . at least I've never found them.

    FWIW, that's why -- at my wedding -- I served a California méthode traditionelle sparking wine, and opted for an Alsatian white and a Côtes-du-Rhône for the red . . .

    Sorry I can't come up with anything . . . .

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    1. re: zin1953

      Maybe I should add an additional question, then - if there's nothing California in this category (which is what I feared) what are some recommendations in this category in the $10-12 (or below) range, from anywhere? Alsace, Loire Valley, beyond? And again, if they are at BevMo or TJ's, even better :)

      1. re: violet42

        I don't know if this is at Bev Mo or TJ's, but Banfi Vintners has an Italian blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio called "Le Rime" that sells for under $10. It's very tasty. Much better than one might expect at that price.

      2. re: zin1953

        Agree with zin1953. Nothing here at that price range,

        Some ideas here in the current thread:

      3. I am a fan of Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc/Viognier. I just picked up a couple of bottles @ $10.99. I would not describe it as minerally like French wine, but it is a quality, not-too-fruity wine.

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        1. re: BN1

          I just got that as well at TJ's. Pine Ridge makes nice wines. If i were you i'd go to a local wine shop over bevmo. I found a couple of really great wines in the $12 range at my small shop. Not dry minerally wines from CA. I bet they'll be more flexible with cutting deals for bulk versus Bevmo. I find Bevmo just fine if you know what you're looking for, meaning you know the label and know that they sell it there. i find the people that work there aren't necessarily knowledgable all the time. they can be hit or miss.

        2. I don't know where you live, but if you're in the Los Angeles area, give Woodland Hills Wine Co. a call. They are in the San Fernando Valley and have a very good selection of inexpensive wines. The owner and the people working for him are extremely knowlegable about wines and have never tried to push wines on me that were over my budget. Their number is