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25 New Wines, White and Red, From California and Beyond

25 New Wines, White and Red, From California and Beyond

Wine lovers can’t just exist on light white wines and rosés alone, even though spring is in full bloom. Here are some richer whites and enticing pinot noirs from Sonoma County and bold reds from Napa Valley — among other delights.

Pine Ridge California Chenin Blanc + Viognier 2015 ($13). A refreshing sipping wine combining two different styles of fruitiness: apples and intense green limes.

Sterling Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2015 ($14). A little on the sweet side; full-bodied with tropical fruit and a good finish.

Nik Weis St. Urbans-Hof Wiltinger Riesling “Alte Reben” 2015 ($16). Good floral riesling notes, with spicy tartness and minerality in the finish.

Concha y Toro Marques de Casa Concha Limari Chardonnay 2015 ($19). Light flavors of apples with a little juiciness in the finish.

Flora Springs Napa Valley Chardonnay 2015 ($19). Very nice — full and well-structured, blending tart fruitiness and toasty cream.

Ernest “The Bombardier” Russian River Chardonnay 2014 ($40). Full-bodied, with ripe apples and underlying minerality.

Ernest “The Farmer” Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2014 ($42). Light and elegant, fresh and lean, with good acidity and some toasty flavors.

Aresti Curicó Valley Special Release Pinot Noir Reserva 2014 ($11). Savory green herbal notes and a tangy finish.

Tommasi Rafaèl Valpolicella Classico Superiore 2014 ($16). Full-bodied with raspberry flavors and a crisp, long finish.

Concha y Toro Serie Riberas Gran Reserva Marchigue Malbec 2014 ($17). Juicy, with red fruit flavors, considerable tannins, and a little tanginess.

Gabbiano Dark Knight 2015 ($17). A tight, tannic Tuscan, a little raspy and a little rustic — a good carafe wine.

Château de la Chaize Brouilly 2014 ($18). Good cherry flavors with pleasant savory notes and a tart finish.

Concha y Toro Marques de Casa Concha Maipo Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 ($19). Medium-bodied with nice berry flavors, but with a lot of green herbal notes.

Sterling Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 ($21). Big and jammy; tightly knit, with cassis and blackberry fruit.

Château de la Chaize Cuvée Vieilles Vignes Brouilly 2012 ($28). Very satisfying with good, rich fruit, and a tart finish.

BV Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 ($31). Smooth, well-rounded, creamy fruit with notes of chocolate in the finish.

Ernest “The Artist” Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2014 ($54). Well-balanced with medium body and rooty cola flavors.

Ernest “The Engineer” Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2014 ($54). Tart and juicy with some earthy undertones — a good food wine.

BV Tapestry Napa Valley Red Wine 2013 ($55). Very good — rounded ripe fruit with toasty barrel flavors, firm structure, and integrated tannins.

Ernest “The Settler” Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2014 ($59). Very juicy and lively with tart cherry flavors, some rootiness, and good finishing acidity.

Ornellaia “Le Serre Nuove dell’Ornellaia” Bolgheri Rosso 2014 ($63). Rich, ripe blackberries with some chocolate, long on the palate; will age well.

Ernest “The Grandfather” Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2014 ($70). Cherry flavors with a touch of tang, more Burgundy-like in its emphasis on structure and fruit that isn’t showy.

Joseph Phelps Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 ($73). Very, very rich, though not heavy, with ripe, juicy blackberries, well-integrated tannins, and a long, satisfying finish.

Priest Ranch “Coach Gun” Napa Valley Red Wine 2013 ($80). A big wine (15.6 percent alcohol), with robust purple flavors, loads of tannins and a savory dried-herb finish — a keeper.

Gamble “Paramount” Napa Valley Red Wine 2013 ($90). A lean but charming wine with lots of purple fruit, chocolate-flavored tannins, and great length.


The 16 Best Bottles Of White Wine To Get You Out Of Your Rut

Rosé may be relegated to one "season," but a glass of white wine remains pretty damn timeless. A hot summer's day? There's a crisp, clean Sauvignon Blanc for that. A hearty, creamy, wintertime pasta? You'd probably be game for a buttery, rich Chardonnay. And so on and so forth. Which brings us to this&mdasha round-up of our favorite classic bottles of white, plus introductions to some less recognizable varietals that are about to become your new favorites. And a note about price: We've included splurge-worthy bottles for when you're celebrating life's biggest moments and inexpensive options for when taking your pants off after work feels like a huge win.

Region: Loire Valley, France

France's Loire Valley is the original home of Sauvignon Blanc, and this bottle is a mix of those grapes plus some from Chardonnay. The wine&mdashintensely aromatic and sharply acidic&mdashrepresents just what a Loire Sauvignon Blanc should be, with notes of grapefruit, green apple, and maybe a hint of parsley. This + an arugula salad tossed in a vibrant vinaigrette = BFFs.

Region: Marlborough, New Zealand

Though New Zealand isn't the birthplace of Sauvignon Blanc, the grape is synonymous with the country. That's because everything you love about a classic Sauvignon Blanc is on steroids in a NZ version&mdashso, so grassy, intensely citrusy, with loads of ripe tropical fruit notes. Kim (Crawford, not Kardashian) is famous in the world of Sauvignon Blancs, gaining critical acclaim for her lively yet smooth whites.

Region: Napa Valley, CA

Napa Sauvignon Blancs showcase an intense fruit expression and more subdued green characteristics (i.e. grass, herbs) than their friends from Loire or Marlborough. The awarded Ladera produces a focused, intense wine with succulent mandarine, mango, and melon.

Region: Sierra Foothills, CA

Everything Tank Garage Winery (which has a small, funky tasting room in Calistoga, CA) produces is intentional&mdashfrom the artsy labels to the tongue-in-cheek descriptions to the inventive blends. This one's comprised of five different grapes: Vermentino, Roussanne, Verdelho, Pinot Gris, and Trousseau Gris. They all ferment on their skin, which gives the wine an orange hue and notes of orange marmalade, honey, and candied lemon peel.

Region: South Tyrol/Alto Adige, Italy

This pink-skinned grape is commonly grown in Northeast Italy, Alsace, and Oregon&mdasheach region offering a distinct interpretation. This particular Italian region, bordering Germany, showcases lighter, citrusy, slightly nutty Pinot Grigios. This bottle is a quintessential expression of just that: fresh, dry, with a round finish. Cin cin!

Region: Willamette Valley, OR

Pinot gris digs Oregon. It has coastal influence, making it a cooler climate with lush growth that's perfectly suited for this grape. The region's unique interpretation of this varietal develops into a wine with aromas of honeydew and flowers, a bright acidity, and light spiciness. Don't overlook Oregon pinot gris&mdashmany consider them the most undervalued whites on the market.

Region: Napa Valley, CA

Perhaps you've heard of the renowned Alpha Omega but gasped at the steep price tag. This bottle is their second label, meaning it's made from grapes that are sourced from the same vineyards as Alpha Omega but didn't meet the criteria for their main bottling. Translation: It's major bang for your buck&mdashand it's everything you could hope for when you think of a Napa Chardonnay. It's buttery goodness, explosive tropical fruit, and evident vanilla from extensive oak treatment.

Region: Sonoma County, CA

Decoy is most recognized for its red wines, but the Sonoma County producer develops quality whites at an approachable price, too. The Chardonnay is rich with flavors of buttery brioche, caramel, and ripe pineapple. This baby's voluptuous and decadent.

Region: Burgundy, France

With its limestone-rich clay and picturesque hillsides, Burgundy is the birthplace of Chardonnay. Unlike California Chardonnay, these French producers use less new French oak for aging (which imparts the heavy vanilla and baking spice tones) and use mostly stainless steel or neutral barrel (which don't). The result is a more delicate, less in-your-face chard. This white Burgundy offers refined nuances of peach, apricot, and almond, with a crisp acidity.

Region: Chablis, France

Take everything you think you know about Chardonnay and throw it out the window the Chablis region is the cleanest, most precise interpretation of the Chardonnay varietal. William Fevre is a prized producer in Chablis and receives critical acclaim year after year. The producer's rejection to oak aging leads to crisp, mineral-driven whites. No butter, no vanilla, just underripe green apples and white flowers. Intriguing (maybe a little confusing), right?! You should drink a bottle to fully understand.

Region: Mosel, Germany

Riesling is the favored grape of Germany, and it's easy to see why: The steep terraced vineyards in this region rely on sunshine reflecting off the Mosel River to ripen. The result is a magically off-dry, boldly acidic wine with notes of ripe Bosc pear, green apple, and notable minerality. The delicate sweetness would balance the heat from spicy food nicely.

Region: Clare Valley, Australia

Pikes has gained an international following for its dry Riesling. It aims to create wines that showcase the uniqueness of the region and vintage. Australian Rieslings are usually characterized by their "limey-ness," but this bottle is balanced with aromas of lemon, green apple, and floral notes. The charming sweetness makes it a perfect pairing for Indian food.

Region: Rías Baixas, Spain

This wine's grapes are grown in a lush, coastal region of Spain, kissed with sea breezes. Sounds amazing, eh? Satiate your wanderlust with this bottle. The wine has a delicate salinity and wet stone minerality, plus it's bursting with floral aromatics. This wine pairs incredibly well with shellfish.


The 16 Best Bottles Of White Wine To Get You Out Of Your Rut

Rosé may be relegated to one "season," but a glass of white wine remains pretty damn timeless. A hot summer's day? There's a crisp, clean Sauvignon Blanc for that. A hearty, creamy, wintertime pasta? You'd probably be game for a buttery, rich Chardonnay. And so on and so forth. Which brings us to this&mdasha round-up of our favorite classic bottles of white, plus introductions to some less recognizable varietals that are about to become your new favorites. And a note about price: We've included splurge-worthy bottles for when you're celebrating life's biggest moments and inexpensive options for when taking your pants off after work feels like a huge win.

Region: Loire Valley, France

France's Loire Valley is the original home of Sauvignon Blanc, and this bottle is a mix of those grapes plus some from Chardonnay. The wine&mdashintensely aromatic and sharply acidic&mdashrepresents just what a Loire Sauvignon Blanc should be, with notes of grapefruit, green apple, and maybe a hint of parsley. This + an arugula salad tossed in a vibrant vinaigrette = BFFs.

Region: Marlborough, New Zealand

Though New Zealand isn't the birthplace of Sauvignon Blanc, the grape is synonymous with the country. That's because everything you love about a classic Sauvignon Blanc is on steroids in a NZ version&mdashso, so grassy, intensely citrusy, with loads of ripe tropical fruit notes. Kim (Crawford, not Kardashian) is famous in the world of Sauvignon Blancs, gaining critical acclaim for her lively yet smooth whites.

Region: Napa Valley, CA

Napa Sauvignon Blancs showcase an intense fruit expression and more subdued green characteristics (i.e. grass, herbs) than their friends from Loire or Marlborough. The awarded Ladera produces a focused, intense wine with succulent mandarine, mango, and melon.

Region: Sierra Foothills, CA

Everything Tank Garage Winery (which has a small, funky tasting room in Calistoga, CA) produces is intentional&mdashfrom the artsy labels to the tongue-in-cheek descriptions to the inventive blends. This one's comprised of five different grapes: Vermentino, Roussanne, Verdelho, Pinot Gris, and Trousseau Gris. They all ferment on their skin, which gives the wine an orange hue and notes of orange marmalade, honey, and candied lemon peel.

Region: South Tyrol/Alto Adige, Italy

This pink-skinned grape is commonly grown in Northeast Italy, Alsace, and Oregon&mdasheach region offering a distinct interpretation. This particular Italian region, bordering Germany, showcases lighter, citrusy, slightly nutty Pinot Grigios. This bottle is a quintessential expression of just that: fresh, dry, with a round finish. Cin cin!

Region: Willamette Valley, OR

Pinot gris digs Oregon. It has coastal influence, making it a cooler climate with lush growth that's perfectly suited for this grape. The region's unique interpretation of this varietal develops into a wine with aromas of honeydew and flowers, a bright acidity, and light spiciness. Don't overlook Oregon pinot gris&mdashmany consider them the most undervalued whites on the market.

Region: Napa Valley, CA

Perhaps you've heard of the renowned Alpha Omega but gasped at the steep price tag. This bottle is their second label, meaning it's made from grapes that are sourced from the same vineyards as Alpha Omega but didn't meet the criteria for their main bottling. Translation: It's major bang for your buck&mdashand it's everything you could hope for when you think of a Napa Chardonnay. It's buttery goodness, explosive tropical fruit, and evident vanilla from extensive oak treatment.

Region: Sonoma County, CA

Decoy is most recognized for its red wines, but the Sonoma County producer develops quality whites at an approachable price, too. The Chardonnay is rich with flavors of buttery brioche, caramel, and ripe pineapple. This baby's voluptuous and decadent.

Region: Burgundy, France

With its limestone-rich clay and picturesque hillsides, Burgundy is the birthplace of Chardonnay. Unlike California Chardonnay, these French producers use less new French oak for aging (which imparts the heavy vanilla and baking spice tones) and use mostly stainless steel or neutral barrel (which don't). The result is a more delicate, less in-your-face chard. This white Burgundy offers refined nuances of peach, apricot, and almond, with a crisp acidity.

Region: Chablis, France

Take everything you think you know about Chardonnay and throw it out the window the Chablis region is the cleanest, most precise interpretation of the Chardonnay varietal. William Fevre is a prized producer in Chablis and receives critical acclaim year after year. The producer's rejection to oak aging leads to crisp, mineral-driven whites. No butter, no vanilla, just underripe green apples and white flowers. Intriguing (maybe a little confusing), right?! You should drink a bottle to fully understand.

Region: Mosel, Germany

Riesling is the favored grape of Germany, and it's easy to see why: The steep terraced vineyards in this region rely on sunshine reflecting off the Mosel River to ripen. The result is a magically off-dry, boldly acidic wine with notes of ripe Bosc pear, green apple, and notable minerality. The delicate sweetness would balance the heat from spicy food nicely.

Region: Clare Valley, Australia

Pikes has gained an international following for its dry Riesling. It aims to create wines that showcase the uniqueness of the region and vintage. Australian Rieslings are usually characterized by their "limey-ness," but this bottle is balanced with aromas of lemon, green apple, and floral notes. The charming sweetness makes it a perfect pairing for Indian food.

Region: Rías Baixas, Spain

This wine's grapes are grown in a lush, coastal region of Spain, kissed with sea breezes. Sounds amazing, eh? Satiate your wanderlust with this bottle. The wine has a delicate salinity and wet stone minerality, plus it's bursting with floral aromatics. This wine pairs incredibly well with shellfish.


The 16 Best Bottles Of White Wine To Get You Out Of Your Rut

Rosé may be relegated to one "season," but a glass of white wine remains pretty damn timeless. A hot summer's day? There's a crisp, clean Sauvignon Blanc for that. A hearty, creamy, wintertime pasta? You'd probably be game for a buttery, rich Chardonnay. And so on and so forth. Which brings us to this&mdasha round-up of our favorite classic bottles of white, plus introductions to some less recognizable varietals that are about to become your new favorites. And a note about price: We've included splurge-worthy bottles for when you're celebrating life's biggest moments and inexpensive options for when taking your pants off after work feels like a huge win.

Region: Loire Valley, France

France's Loire Valley is the original home of Sauvignon Blanc, and this bottle is a mix of those grapes plus some from Chardonnay. The wine&mdashintensely aromatic and sharply acidic&mdashrepresents just what a Loire Sauvignon Blanc should be, with notes of grapefruit, green apple, and maybe a hint of parsley. This + an arugula salad tossed in a vibrant vinaigrette = BFFs.

Region: Marlborough, New Zealand

Though New Zealand isn't the birthplace of Sauvignon Blanc, the grape is synonymous with the country. That's because everything you love about a classic Sauvignon Blanc is on steroids in a NZ version&mdashso, so grassy, intensely citrusy, with loads of ripe tropical fruit notes. Kim (Crawford, not Kardashian) is famous in the world of Sauvignon Blancs, gaining critical acclaim for her lively yet smooth whites.

Region: Napa Valley, CA

Napa Sauvignon Blancs showcase an intense fruit expression and more subdued green characteristics (i.e. grass, herbs) than their friends from Loire or Marlborough. The awarded Ladera produces a focused, intense wine with succulent mandarine, mango, and melon.

Region: Sierra Foothills, CA

Everything Tank Garage Winery (which has a small, funky tasting room in Calistoga, CA) produces is intentional&mdashfrom the artsy labels to the tongue-in-cheek descriptions to the inventive blends. This one's comprised of five different grapes: Vermentino, Roussanne, Verdelho, Pinot Gris, and Trousseau Gris. They all ferment on their skin, which gives the wine an orange hue and notes of orange marmalade, honey, and candied lemon peel.

Region: South Tyrol/Alto Adige, Italy

This pink-skinned grape is commonly grown in Northeast Italy, Alsace, and Oregon&mdasheach region offering a distinct interpretation. This particular Italian region, bordering Germany, showcases lighter, citrusy, slightly nutty Pinot Grigios. This bottle is a quintessential expression of just that: fresh, dry, with a round finish. Cin cin!

Region: Willamette Valley, OR

Pinot gris digs Oregon. It has coastal influence, making it a cooler climate with lush growth that's perfectly suited for this grape. The region's unique interpretation of this varietal develops into a wine with aromas of honeydew and flowers, a bright acidity, and light spiciness. Don't overlook Oregon pinot gris&mdashmany consider them the most undervalued whites on the market.

Region: Napa Valley, CA

Perhaps you've heard of the renowned Alpha Omega but gasped at the steep price tag. This bottle is their second label, meaning it's made from grapes that are sourced from the same vineyards as Alpha Omega but didn't meet the criteria for their main bottling. Translation: It's major bang for your buck&mdashand it's everything you could hope for when you think of a Napa Chardonnay. It's buttery goodness, explosive tropical fruit, and evident vanilla from extensive oak treatment.

Region: Sonoma County, CA

Decoy is most recognized for its red wines, but the Sonoma County producer develops quality whites at an approachable price, too. The Chardonnay is rich with flavors of buttery brioche, caramel, and ripe pineapple. This baby's voluptuous and decadent.

Region: Burgundy, France

With its limestone-rich clay and picturesque hillsides, Burgundy is the birthplace of Chardonnay. Unlike California Chardonnay, these French producers use less new French oak for aging (which imparts the heavy vanilla and baking spice tones) and use mostly stainless steel or neutral barrel (which don't). The result is a more delicate, less in-your-face chard. This white Burgundy offers refined nuances of peach, apricot, and almond, with a crisp acidity.

Region: Chablis, France

Take everything you think you know about Chardonnay and throw it out the window the Chablis region is the cleanest, most precise interpretation of the Chardonnay varietal. William Fevre is a prized producer in Chablis and receives critical acclaim year after year. The producer's rejection to oak aging leads to crisp, mineral-driven whites. No butter, no vanilla, just underripe green apples and white flowers. Intriguing (maybe a little confusing), right?! You should drink a bottle to fully understand.

Region: Mosel, Germany

Riesling is the favored grape of Germany, and it's easy to see why: The steep terraced vineyards in this region rely on sunshine reflecting off the Mosel River to ripen. The result is a magically off-dry, boldly acidic wine with notes of ripe Bosc pear, green apple, and notable minerality. The delicate sweetness would balance the heat from spicy food nicely.

Region: Clare Valley, Australia

Pikes has gained an international following for its dry Riesling. It aims to create wines that showcase the uniqueness of the region and vintage. Australian Rieslings are usually characterized by their "limey-ness," but this bottle is balanced with aromas of lemon, green apple, and floral notes. The charming sweetness makes it a perfect pairing for Indian food.

Region: Rías Baixas, Spain

This wine's grapes are grown in a lush, coastal region of Spain, kissed with sea breezes. Sounds amazing, eh? Satiate your wanderlust with this bottle. The wine has a delicate salinity and wet stone minerality, plus it's bursting with floral aromatics. This wine pairs incredibly well with shellfish.


The 16 Best Bottles Of White Wine To Get You Out Of Your Rut

Rosé may be relegated to one "season," but a glass of white wine remains pretty damn timeless. A hot summer's day? There's a crisp, clean Sauvignon Blanc for that. A hearty, creamy, wintertime pasta? You'd probably be game for a buttery, rich Chardonnay. And so on and so forth. Which brings us to this&mdasha round-up of our favorite classic bottles of white, plus introductions to some less recognizable varietals that are about to become your new favorites. And a note about price: We've included splurge-worthy bottles for when you're celebrating life's biggest moments and inexpensive options for when taking your pants off after work feels like a huge win.

Region: Loire Valley, France

France's Loire Valley is the original home of Sauvignon Blanc, and this bottle is a mix of those grapes plus some from Chardonnay. The wine&mdashintensely aromatic and sharply acidic&mdashrepresents just what a Loire Sauvignon Blanc should be, with notes of grapefruit, green apple, and maybe a hint of parsley. This + an arugula salad tossed in a vibrant vinaigrette = BFFs.

Region: Marlborough, New Zealand

Though New Zealand isn't the birthplace of Sauvignon Blanc, the grape is synonymous with the country. That's because everything you love about a classic Sauvignon Blanc is on steroids in a NZ version&mdashso, so grassy, intensely citrusy, with loads of ripe tropical fruit notes. Kim (Crawford, not Kardashian) is famous in the world of Sauvignon Blancs, gaining critical acclaim for her lively yet smooth whites.

Region: Napa Valley, CA

Napa Sauvignon Blancs showcase an intense fruit expression and more subdued green characteristics (i.e. grass, herbs) than their friends from Loire or Marlborough. The awarded Ladera produces a focused, intense wine with succulent mandarine, mango, and melon.

Region: Sierra Foothills, CA

Everything Tank Garage Winery (which has a small, funky tasting room in Calistoga, CA) produces is intentional&mdashfrom the artsy labels to the tongue-in-cheek descriptions to the inventive blends. This one's comprised of five different grapes: Vermentino, Roussanne, Verdelho, Pinot Gris, and Trousseau Gris. They all ferment on their skin, which gives the wine an orange hue and notes of orange marmalade, honey, and candied lemon peel.

Region: South Tyrol/Alto Adige, Italy

This pink-skinned grape is commonly grown in Northeast Italy, Alsace, and Oregon&mdasheach region offering a distinct interpretation. This particular Italian region, bordering Germany, showcases lighter, citrusy, slightly nutty Pinot Grigios. This bottle is a quintessential expression of just that: fresh, dry, with a round finish. Cin cin!

Region: Willamette Valley, OR

Pinot gris digs Oregon. It has coastal influence, making it a cooler climate with lush growth that's perfectly suited for this grape. The region's unique interpretation of this varietal develops into a wine with aromas of honeydew and flowers, a bright acidity, and light spiciness. Don't overlook Oregon pinot gris&mdashmany consider them the most undervalued whites on the market.

Region: Napa Valley, CA

Perhaps you've heard of the renowned Alpha Omega but gasped at the steep price tag. This bottle is their second label, meaning it's made from grapes that are sourced from the same vineyards as Alpha Omega but didn't meet the criteria for their main bottling. Translation: It's major bang for your buck&mdashand it's everything you could hope for when you think of a Napa Chardonnay. It's buttery goodness, explosive tropical fruit, and evident vanilla from extensive oak treatment.

Region: Sonoma County, CA

Decoy is most recognized for its red wines, but the Sonoma County producer develops quality whites at an approachable price, too. The Chardonnay is rich with flavors of buttery brioche, caramel, and ripe pineapple. This baby's voluptuous and decadent.

Region: Burgundy, France

With its limestone-rich clay and picturesque hillsides, Burgundy is the birthplace of Chardonnay. Unlike California Chardonnay, these French producers use less new French oak for aging (which imparts the heavy vanilla and baking spice tones) and use mostly stainless steel or neutral barrel (which don't). The result is a more delicate, less in-your-face chard. This white Burgundy offers refined nuances of peach, apricot, and almond, with a crisp acidity.

Region: Chablis, France

Take everything you think you know about Chardonnay and throw it out the window the Chablis region is the cleanest, most precise interpretation of the Chardonnay varietal. William Fevre is a prized producer in Chablis and receives critical acclaim year after year. The producer's rejection to oak aging leads to crisp, mineral-driven whites. No butter, no vanilla, just underripe green apples and white flowers. Intriguing (maybe a little confusing), right?! You should drink a bottle to fully understand.

Region: Mosel, Germany

Riesling is the favored grape of Germany, and it's easy to see why: The steep terraced vineyards in this region rely on sunshine reflecting off the Mosel River to ripen. The result is a magically off-dry, boldly acidic wine with notes of ripe Bosc pear, green apple, and notable minerality. The delicate sweetness would balance the heat from spicy food nicely.

Region: Clare Valley, Australia

Pikes has gained an international following for its dry Riesling. It aims to create wines that showcase the uniqueness of the region and vintage. Australian Rieslings are usually characterized by their "limey-ness," but this bottle is balanced with aromas of lemon, green apple, and floral notes. The charming sweetness makes it a perfect pairing for Indian food.

Region: Rías Baixas, Spain

This wine's grapes are grown in a lush, coastal region of Spain, kissed with sea breezes. Sounds amazing, eh? Satiate your wanderlust with this bottle. The wine has a delicate salinity and wet stone minerality, plus it's bursting with floral aromatics. This wine pairs incredibly well with shellfish.


The 16 Best Bottles Of White Wine To Get You Out Of Your Rut

Rosé may be relegated to one "season," but a glass of white wine remains pretty damn timeless. A hot summer's day? There's a crisp, clean Sauvignon Blanc for that. A hearty, creamy, wintertime pasta? You'd probably be game for a buttery, rich Chardonnay. And so on and so forth. Which brings us to this&mdasha round-up of our favorite classic bottles of white, plus introductions to some less recognizable varietals that are about to become your new favorites. And a note about price: We've included splurge-worthy bottles for when you're celebrating life's biggest moments and inexpensive options for when taking your pants off after work feels like a huge win.

Region: Loire Valley, France

France's Loire Valley is the original home of Sauvignon Blanc, and this bottle is a mix of those grapes plus some from Chardonnay. The wine&mdashintensely aromatic and sharply acidic&mdashrepresents just what a Loire Sauvignon Blanc should be, with notes of grapefruit, green apple, and maybe a hint of parsley. This + an arugula salad tossed in a vibrant vinaigrette = BFFs.

Region: Marlborough, New Zealand

Though New Zealand isn't the birthplace of Sauvignon Blanc, the grape is synonymous with the country. That's because everything you love about a classic Sauvignon Blanc is on steroids in a NZ version&mdashso, so grassy, intensely citrusy, with loads of ripe tropical fruit notes. Kim (Crawford, not Kardashian) is famous in the world of Sauvignon Blancs, gaining critical acclaim for her lively yet smooth whites.

Region: Napa Valley, CA

Napa Sauvignon Blancs showcase an intense fruit expression and more subdued green characteristics (i.e. grass, herbs) than their friends from Loire or Marlborough. The awarded Ladera produces a focused, intense wine with succulent mandarine, mango, and melon.

Region: Sierra Foothills, CA

Everything Tank Garage Winery (which has a small, funky tasting room in Calistoga, CA) produces is intentional&mdashfrom the artsy labels to the tongue-in-cheek descriptions to the inventive blends. This one's comprised of five different grapes: Vermentino, Roussanne, Verdelho, Pinot Gris, and Trousseau Gris. They all ferment on their skin, which gives the wine an orange hue and notes of orange marmalade, honey, and candied lemon peel.

Region: South Tyrol/Alto Adige, Italy

This pink-skinned grape is commonly grown in Northeast Italy, Alsace, and Oregon&mdasheach region offering a distinct interpretation. This particular Italian region, bordering Germany, showcases lighter, citrusy, slightly nutty Pinot Grigios. This bottle is a quintessential expression of just that: fresh, dry, with a round finish. Cin cin!

Region: Willamette Valley, OR

Pinot gris digs Oregon. It has coastal influence, making it a cooler climate with lush growth that's perfectly suited for this grape. The region's unique interpretation of this varietal develops into a wine with aromas of honeydew and flowers, a bright acidity, and light spiciness. Don't overlook Oregon pinot gris&mdashmany consider them the most undervalued whites on the market.

Region: Napa Valley, CA

Perhaps you've heard of the renowned Alpha Omega but gasped at the steep price tag. This bottle is their second label, meaning it's made from grapes that are sourced from the same vineyards as Alpha Omega but didn't meet the criteria for their main bottling. Translation: It's major bang for your buck&mdashand it's everything you could hope for when you think of a Napa Chardonnay. It's buttery goodness, explosive tropical fruit, and evident vanilla from extensive oak treatment.

Region: Sonoma County, CA

Decoy is most recognized for its red wines, but the Sonoma County producer develops quality whites at an approachable price, too. The Chardonnay is rich with flavors of buttery brioche, caramel, and ripe pineapple. This baby's voluptuous and decadent.

Region: Burgundy, France

With its limestone-rich clay and picturesque hillsides, Burgundy is the birthplace of Chardonnay. Unlike California Chardonnay, these French producers use less new French oak for aging (which imparts the heavy vanilla and baking spice tones) and use mostly stainless steel or neutral barrel (which don't). The result is a more delicate, less in-your-face chard. This white Burgundy offers refined nuances of peach, apricot, and almond, with a crisp acidity.

Region: Chablis, France

Take everything you think you know about Chardonnay and throw it out the window the Chablis region is the cleanest, most precise interpretation of the Chardonnay varietal. William Fevre is a prized producer in Chablis and receives critical acclaim year after year. The producer's rejection to oak aging leads to crisp, mineral-driven whites. No butter, no vanilla, just underripe green apples and white flowers. Intriguing (maybe a little confusing), right?! You should drink a bottle to fully understand.

Region: Mosel, Germany

Riesling is the favored grape of Germany, and it's easy to see why: The steep terraced vineyards in this region rely on sunshine reflecting off the Mosel River to ripen. The result is a magically off-dry, boldly acidic wine with notes of ripe Bosc pear, green apple, and notable minerality. The delicate sweetness would balance the heat from spicy food nicely.

Region: Clare Valley, Australia

Pikes has gained an international following for its dry Riesling. It aims to create wines that showcase the uniqueness of the region and vintage. Australian Rieslings are usually characterized by their "limey-ness," but this bottle is balanced with aromas of lemon, green apple, and floral notes. The charming sweetness makes it a perfect pairing for Indian food.

Region: Rías Baixas, Spain

This wine's grapes are grown in a lush, coastal region of Spain, kissed with sea breezes. Sounds amazing, eh? Satiate your wanderlust with this bottle. The wine has a delicate salinity and wet stone minerality, plus it's bursting with floral aromatics. This wine pairs incredibly well with shellfish.


The 16 Best Bottles Of White Wine To Get You Out Of Your Rut

Rosé may be relegated to one "season," but a glass of white wine remains pretty damn timeless. A hot summer's day? There's a crisp, clean Sauvignon Blanc for that. A hearty, creamy, wintertime pasta? You'd probably be game for a buttery, rich Chardonnay. And so on and so forth. Which brings us to this&mdasha round-up of our favorite classic bottles of white, plus introductions to some less recognizable varietals that are about to become your new favorites. And a note about price: We've included splurge-worthy bottles for when you're celebrating life's biggest moments and inexpensive options for when taking your pants off after work feels like a huge win.

Region: Loire Valley, France

France's Loire Valley is the original home of Sauvignon Blanc, and this bottle is a mix of those grapes plus some from Chardonnay. The wine&mdashintensely aromatic and sharply acidic&mdashrepresents just what a Loire Sauvignon Blanc should be, with notes of grapefruit, green apple, and maybe a hint of parsley. This + an arugula salad tossed in a vibrant vinaigrette = BFFs.

Region: Marlborough, New Zealand

Though New Zealand isn't the birthplace of Sauvignon Blanc, the grape is synonymous with the country. That's because everything you love about a classic Sauvignon Blanc is on steroids in a NZ version&mdashso, so grassy, intensely citrusy, with loads of ripe tropical fruit notes. Kim (Crawford, not Kardashian) is famous in the world of Sauvignon Blancs, gaining critical acclaim for her lively yet smooth whites.

Region: Napa Valley, CA

Napa Sauvignon Blancs showcase an intense fruit expression and more subdued green characteristics (i.e. grass, herbs) than their friends from Loire or Marlborough. The awarded Ladera produces a focused, intense wine with succulent mandarine, mango, and melon.

Region: Sierra Foothills, CA

Everything Tank Garage Winery (which has a small, funky tasting room in Calistoga, CA) produces is intentional&mdashfrom the artsy labels to the tongue-in-cheek descriptions to the inventive blends. This one's comprised of five different grapes: Vermentino, Roussanne, Verdelho, Pinot Gris, and Trousseau Gris. They all ferment on their skin, which gives the wine an orange hue and notes of orange marmalade, honey, and candied lemon peel.

Region: South Tyrol/Alto Adige, Italy

This pink-skinned grape is commonly grown in Northeast Italy, Alsace, and Oregon&mdasheach region offering a distinct interpretation. This particular Italian region, bordering Germany, showcases lighter, citrusy, slightly nutty Pinot Grigios. This bottle is a quintessential expression of just that: fresh, dry, with a round finish. Cin cin!

Region: Willamette Valley, OR

Pinot gris digs Oregon. It has coastal influence, making it a cooler climate with lush growth that's perfectly suited for this grape. The region's unique interpretation of this varietal develops into a wine with aromas of honeydew and flowers, a bright acidity, and light spiciness. Don't overlook Oregon pinot gris&mdashmany consider them the most undervalued whites on the market.

Region: Napa Valley, CA

Perhaps you've heard of the renowned Alpha Omega but gasped at the steep price tag. This bottle is their second label, meaning it's made from grapes that are sourced from the same vineyards as Alpha Omega but didn't meet the criteria for their main bottling. Translation: It's major bang for your buck&mdashand it's everything you could hope for when you think of a Napa Chardonnay. It's buttery goodness, explosive tropical fruit, and evident vanilla from extensive oak treatment.

Region: Sonoma County, CA

Decoy is most recognized for its red wines, but the Sonoma County producer develops quality whites at an approachable price, too. The Chardonnay is rich with flavors of buttery brioche, caramel, and ripe pineapple. This baby's voluptuous and decadent.

Region: Burgundy, France

With its limestone-rich clay and picturesque hillsides, Burgundy is the birthplace of Chardonnay. Unlike California Chardonnay, these French producers use less new French oak for aging (which imparts the heavy vanilla and baking spice tones) and use mostly stainless steel or neutral barrel (which don't). The result is a more delicate, less in-your-face chard. This white Burgundy offers refined nuances of peach, apricot, and almond, with a crisp acidity.

Region: Chablis, France

Take everything you think you know about Chardonnay and throw it out the window the Chablis region is the cleanest, most precise interpretation of the Chardonnay varietal. William Fevre is a prized producer in Chablis and receives critical acclaim year after year. The producer's rejection to oak aging leads to crisp, mineral-driven whites. No butter, no vanilla, just underripe green apples and white flowers. Intriguing (maybe a little confusing), right?! You should drink a bottle to fully understand.

Region: Mosel, Germany

Riesling is the favored grape of Germany, and it's easy to see why: The steep terraced vineyards in this region rely on sunshine reflecting off the Mosel River to ripen. The result is a magically off-dry, boldly acidic wine with notes of ripe Bosc pear, green apple, and notable minerality. The delicate sweetness would balance the heat from spicy food nicely.

Region: Clare Valley, Australia

Pikes has gained an international following for its dry Riesling. It aims to create wines that showcase the uniqueness of the region and vintage. Australian Rieslings are usually characterized by their "limey-ness," but this bottle is balanced with aromas of lemon, green apple, and floral notes. The charming sweetness makes it a perfect pairing for Indian food.

Region: Rías Baixas, Spain

This wine's grapes are grown in a lush, coastal region of Spain, kissed with sea breezes. Sounds amazing, eh? Satiate your wanderlust with this bottle. The wine has a delicate salinity and wet stone minerality, plus it's bursting with floral aromatics. This wine pairs incredibly well with shellfish.


The 16 Best Bottles Of White Wine To Get You Out Of Your Rut

Rosé may be relegated to one "season," but a glass of white wine remains pretty damn timeless. A hot summer's day? There's a crisp, clean Sauvignon Blanc for that. A hearty, creamy, wintertime pasta? You'd probably be game for a buttery, rich Chardonnay. And so on and so forth. Which brings us to this&mdasha round-up of our favorite classic bottles of white, plus introductions to some less recognizable varietals that are about to become your new favorites. And a note about price: We've included splurge-worthy bottles for when you're celebrating life's biggest moments and inexpensive options for when taking your pants off after work feels like a huge win.

Region: Loire Valley, France

France's Loire Valley is the original home of Sauvignon Blanc, and this bottle is a mix of those grapes plus some from Chardonnay. The wine&mdashintensely aromatic and sharply acidic&mdashrepresents just what a Loire Sauvignon Blanc should be, with notes of grapefruit, green apple, and maybe a hint of parsley. This + an arugula salad tossed in a vibrant vinaigrette = BFFs.

Region: Marlborough, New Zealand

Though New Zealand isn't the birthplace of Sauvignon Blanc, the grape is synonymous with the country. That's because everything you love about a classic Sauvignon Blanc is on steroids in a NZ version&mdashso, so grassy, intensely citrusy, with loads of ripe tropical fruit notes. Kim (Crawford, not Kardashian) is famous in the world of Sauvignon Blancs, gaining critical acclaim for her lively yet smooth whites.

Region: Napa Valley, CA

Napa Sauvignon Blancs showcase an intense fruit expression and more subdued green characteristics (i.e. grass, herbs) than their friends from Loire or Marlborough. The awarded Ladera produces a focused, intense wine with succulent mandarine, mango, and melon.

Region: Sierra Foothills, CA

Everything Tank Garage Winery (which has a small, funky tasting room in Calistoga, CA) produces is intentional&mdashfrom the artsy labels to the tongue-in-cheek descriptions to the inventive blends. This one's comprised of five different grapes: Vermentino, Roussanne, Verdelho, Pinot Gris, and Trousseau Gris. They all ferment on their skin, which gives the wine an orange hue and notes of orange marmalade, honey, and candied lemon peel.

Region: South Tyrol/Alto Adige, Italy

This pink-skinned grape is commonly grown in Northeast Italy, Alsace, and Oregon&mdasheach region offering a distinct interpretation. This particular Italian region, bordering Germany, showcases lighter, citrusy, slightly nutty Pinot Grigios. This bottle is a quintessential expression of just that: fresh, dry, with a round finish. Cin cin!

Region: Willamette Valley, OR

Pinot gris digs Oregon. It has coastal influence, making it a cooler climate with lush growth that's perfectly suited for this grape. The region's unique interpretation of this varietal develops into a wine with aromas of honeydew and flowers, a bright acidity, and light spiciness. Don't overlook Oregon pinot gris&mdashmany consider them the most undervalued whites on the market.

Region: Napa Valley, CA

Perhaps you've heard of the renowned Alpha Omega but gasped at the steep price tag. This bottle is their second label, meaning it's made from grapes that are sourced from the same vineyards as Alpha Omega but didn't meet the criteria for their main bottling. Translation: It's major bang for your buck&mdashand it's everything you could hope for when you think of a Napa Chardonnay. It's buttery goodness, explosive tropical fruit, and evident vanilla from extensive oak treatment.

Region: Sonoma County, CA

Decoy is most recognized for its red wines, but the Sonoma County producer develops quality whites at an approachable price, too. The Chardonnay is rich with flavors of buttery brioche, caramel, and ripe pineapple. This baby's voluptuous and decadent.

Region: Burgundy, France

With its limestone-rich clay and picturesque hillsides, Burgundy is the birthplace of Chardonnay. Unlike California Chardonnay, these French producers use less new French oak for aging (which imparts the heavy vanilla and baking spice tones) and use mostly stainless steel or neutral barrel (which don't). The result is a more delicate, less in-your-face chard. This white Burgundy offers refined nuances of peach, apricot, and almond, with a crisp acidity.

Region: Chablis, France

Take everything you think you know about Chardonnay and throw it out the window the Chablis region is the cleanest, most precise interpretation of the Chardonnay varietal. William Fevre is a prized producer in Chablis and receives critical acclaim year after year. The producer's rejection to oak aging leads to crisp, mineral-driven whites. No butter, no vanilla, just underripe green apples and white flowers. Intriguing (maybe a little confusing), right?! You should drink a bottle to fully understand.

Region: Mosel, Germany

Riesling is the favored grape of Germany, and it's easy to see why: The steep terraced vineyards in this region rely on sunshine reflecting off the Mosel River to ripen. The result is a magically off-dry, boldly acidic wine with notes of ripe Bosc pear, green apple, and notable minerality. The delicate sweetness would balance the heat from spicy food nicely.

Region: Clare Valley, Australia

Pikes has gained an international following for its dry Riesling. It aims to create wines that showcase the uniqueness of the region and vintage. Australian Rieslings are usually characterized by their "limey-ness," but this bottle is balanced with aromas of lemon, green apple, and floral notes. The charming sweetness makes it a perfect pairing for Indian food.

Region: Rías Baixas, Spain

This wine's grapes are grown in a lush, coastal region of Spain, kissed with sea breezes. Sounds amazing, eh? Satiate your wanderlust with this bottle. The wine has a delicate salinity and wet stone minerality, plus it's bursting with floral aromatics. This wine pairs incredibly well with shellfish.


The 16 Best Bottles Of White Wine To Get You Out Of Your Rut

Rosé may be relegated to one "season," but a glass of white wine remains pretty damn timeless. A hot summer's day? There's a crisp, clean Sauvignon Blanc for that. A hearty, creamy, wintertime pasta? You'd probably be game for a buttery, rich Chardonnay. And so on and so forth. Which brings us to this&mdasha round-up of our favorite classic bottles of white, plus introductions to some less recognizable varietals that are about to become your new favorites. And a note about price: We've included splurge-worthy bottles for when you're celebrating life's biggest moments and inexpensive options for when taking your pants off after work feels like a huge win.

Region: Loire Valley, France

France's Loire Valley is the original home of Sauvignon Blanc, and this bottle is a mix of those grapes plus some from Chardonnay. The wine&mdashintensely aromatic and sharply acidic&mdashrepresents just what a Loire Sauvignon Blanc should be, with notes of grapefruit, green apple, and maybe a hint of parsley. This + an arugula salad tossed in a vibrant vinaigrette = BFFs.

Region: Marlborough, New Zealand

Though New Zealand isn't the birthplace of Sauvignon Blanc, the grape is synonymous with the country. That's because everything you love about a classic Sauvignon Blanc is on steroids in a NZ version&mdashso, so grassy, intensely citrusy, with loads of ripe tropical fruit notes. Kim (Crawford, not Kardashian) is famous in the world of Sauvignon Blancs, gaining critical acclaim for her lively yet smooth whites.

Region: Napa Valley, CA

Napa Sauvignon Blancs showcase an intense fruit expression and more subdued green characteristics (i.e. grass, herbs) than their friends from Loire or Marlborough. The awarded Ladera produces a focused, intense wine with succulent mandarine, mango, and melon.

Region: Sierra Foothills, CA

Everything Tank Garage Winery (which has a small, funky tasting room in Calistoga, CA) produces is intentional&mdashfrom the artsy labels to the tongue-in-cheek descriptions to the inventive blends. This one's comprised of five different grapes: Vermentino, Roussanne, Verdelho, Pinot Gris, and Trousseau Gris. They all ferment on their skin, which gives the wine an orange hue and notes of orange marmalade, honey, and candied lemon peel.

Region: South Tyrol/Alto Adige, Italy

This pink-skinned grape is commonly grown in Northeast Italy, Alsace, and Oregon&mdasheach region offering a distinct interpretation. This particular Italian region, bordering Germany, showcases lighter, citrusy, slightly nutty Pinot Grigios. This bottle is a quintessential expression of just that: fresh, dry, with a round finish. Cin cin!

Region: Willamette Valley, OR

Pinot gris digs Oregon. It has coastal influence, making it a cooler climate with lush growth that's perfectly suited for this grape. The region's unique interpretation of this varietal develops into a wine with aromas of honeydew and flowers, a bright acidity, and light spiciness. Don't overlook Oregon pinot gris&mdashmany consider them the most undervalued whites on the market.

Region: Napa Valley, CA

Perhaps you've heard of the renowned Alpha Omega but gasped at the steep price tag. This bottle is their second label, meaning it's made from grapes that are sourced from the same vineyards as Alpha Omega but didn't meet the criteria for their main bottling. Translation: It's major bang for your buck&mdashand it's everything you could hope for when you think of a Napa Chardonnay. It's buttery goodness, explosive tropical fruit, and evident vanilla from extensive oak treatment.

Region: Sonoma County, CA

Decoy is most recognized for its red wines, but the Sonoma County producer develops quality whites at an approachable price, too. The Chardonnay is rich with flavors of buttery brioche, caramel, and ripe pineapple. This baby's voluptuous and decadent.

Region: Burgundy, France

With its limestone-rich clay and picturesque hillsides, Burgundy is the birthplace of Chardonnay. Unlike California Chardonnay, these French producers use less new French oak for aging (which imparts the heavy vanilla and baking spice tones) and use mostly stainless steel or neutral barrel (which don't). The result is a more delicate, less in-your-face chard. This white Burgundy offers refined nuances of peach, apricot, and almond, with a crisp acidity.

Region: Chablis, France

Take everything you think you know about Chardonnay and throw it out the window the Chablis region is the cleanest, most precise interpretation of the Chardonnay varietal. William Fevre is a prized producer in Chablis and receives critical acclaim year after year. The producer's rejection to oak aging leads to crisp, mineral-driven whites. No butter, no vanilla, just underripe green apples and white flowers. Intriguing (maybe a little confusing), right?! You should drink a bottle to fully understand.

Region: Mosel, Germany

Riesling is the favored grape of Germany, and it's easy to see why: The steep terraced vineyards in this region rely on sunshine reflecting off the Mosel River to ripen. The result is a magically off-dry, boldly acidic wine with notes of ripe Bosc pear, green apple, and notable minerality. The delicate sweetness would balance the heat from spicy food nicely.

Region: Clare Valley, Australia

Pikes has gained an international following for its dry Riesling. It aims to create wines that showcase the uniqueness of the region and vintage. Australian Rieslings are usually characterized by their "limey-ness," but this bottle is balanced with aromas of lemon, green apple, and floral notes. The charming sweetness makes it a perfect pairing for Indian food.

Region: Rías Baixas, Spain

This wine's grapes are grown in a lush, coastal region of Spain, kissed with sea breezes. Sounds amazing, eh? Satiate your wanderlust with this bottle. The wine has a delicate salinity and wet stone minerality, plus it's bursting with floral aromatics. This wine pairs incredibly well with shellfish.


The 16 Best Bottles Of White Wine To Get You Out Of Your Rut

Rosé may be relegated to one "season," but a glass of white wine remains pretty damn timeless. A hot summer's day? There's a crisp, clean Sauvignon Blanc for that. A hearty, creamy, wintertime pasta? You'd probably be game for a buttery, rich Chardonnay. And so on and so forth. Which brings us to this&mdasha round-up of our favorite classic bottles of white, plus introductions to some less recognizable varietals that are about to become your new favorites. And a note about price: We've included splurge-worthy bottles for when you're celebrating life's biggest moments and inexpensive options for when taking your pants off after work feels like a huge win.

Region: Loire Valley, France

France's Loire Valley is the original home of Sauvignon Blanc, and this bottle is a mix of those grapes plus some from Chardonnay. The wine&mdashintensely aromatic and sharply acidic&mdashrepresents just what a Loire Sauvignon Blanc should be, with notes of grapefruit, green apple, and maybe a hint of parsley. This + an arugula salad tossed in a vibrant vinaigrette = BFFs.

Region: Marlborough, New Zealand

Though New Zealand isn't the birthplace of Sauvignon Blanc, the grape is synonymous with the country. That's because everything you love about a classic Sauvignon Blanc is on steroids in a NZ version&mdashso, so grassy, intensely citrusy, with loads of ripe tropical fruit notes. Kim (Crawford, not Kardashian) is famous in the world of Sauvignon Blancs, gaining critical acclaim for her lively yet smooth whites.

Region: Napa Valley, CA

Napa Sauvignon Blancs showcase an intense fruit expression and more subdued green characteristics (i.e. grass, herbs) than their friends from Loire or Marlborough. The awarded Ladera produces a focused, intense wine with succulent mandarine, mango, and melon.

Region: Sierra Foothills, CA

Everything Tank Garage Winery (which has a small, funky tasting room in Calistoga, CA) produces is intentional&mdashfrom the artsy labels to the tongue-in-cheek descriptions to the inventive blends. This one's comprised of five different grapes: Vermentino, Roussanne, Verdelho, Pinot Gris, and Trousseau Gris. They all ferment on their skin, which gives the wine an orange hue and notes of orange marmalade, honey, and candied lemon peel.

Region: South Tyrol/Alto Adige, Italy

This pink-skinned grape is commonly grown in Northeast Italy, Alsace, and Oregon&mdasheach region offering a distinct interpretation. This particular Italian region, bordering Germany, showcases lighter, citrusy, slightly nutty Pinot Grigios. This bottle is a quintessential expression of just that: fresh, dry, with a round finish. Cin cin!

Region: Willamette Valley, OR

Pinot gris digs Oregon. It has coastal influence, making it a cooler climate with lush growth that's perfectly suited for this grape. The region's unique interpretation of this varietal develops into a wine with aromas of honeydew and flowers, a bright acidity, and light spiciness. Don't overlook Oregon pinot gris&mdashmany consider them the most undervalued whites on the market.

Region: Napa Valley, CA

Perhaps you've heard of the renowned Alpha Omega but gasped at the steep price tag. This bottle is their second label, meaning it's made from grapes that are sourced from the same vineyards as Alpha Omega but didn't meet the criteria for their main bottling. Translation: It's major bang for your buck&mdashand it's everything you could hope for when you think of a Napa Chardonnay. It's buttery goodness, explosive tropical fruit, and evident vanilla from extensive oak treatment.

Region: Sonoma County, CA

Decoy is most recognized for its red wines, but the Sonoma County producer develops quality whites at an approachable price, too. The Chardonnay is rich with flavors of buttery brioche, caramel, and ripe pineapple. This baby's voluptuous and decadent.

Region: Burgundy, France

With its limestone-rich clay and picturesque hillsides, Burgundy is the birthplace of Chardonnay. Unlike California Chardonnay, these French producers use less new French oak for aging (which imparts the heavy vanilla and baking spice tones) and use mostly stainless steel or neutral barrel (which don't). The result is a more delicate, less in-your-face chard. This white Burgundy offers refined nuances of peach, apricot, and almond, with a crisp acidity.

Region: Chablis, France

Take everything you think you know about Chardonnay and throw it out the window the Chablis region is the cleanest, most precise interpretation of the Chardonnay varietal. William Fevre is a prized producer in Chablis and receives critical acclaim year after year. The producer's rejection to oak aging leads to crisp, mineral-driven whites. No butter, no vanilla, just underripe green apples and white flowers. Intriguing (maybe a little confusing), right?! You should drink a bottle to fully understand.

Region: Mosel, Germany

Riesling is the favored grape of Germany, and it's easy to see why: The steep terraced vineyards in this region rely on sunshine reflecting off the Mosel River to ripen. The result is a magically off-dry, boldly acidic wine with notes of ripe Bosc pear, green apple, and notable minerality. The delicate sweetness would balance the heat from spicy food nicely.

Region: Clare Valley, Australia

Pikes has gained an international following for its dry Riesling. It aims to create wines that showcase the uniqueness of the region and vintage. Australian Rieslings are usually characterized by their "limey-ness," but this bottle is balanced with aromas of lemon, green apple, and floral notes. The charming sweetness makes it a perfect pairing for Indian food.

Region: Rías Baixas, Spain

This wine's grapes are grown in a lush, coastal region of Spain, kissed with sea breezes. Sounds amazing, eh? Satiate your wanderlust with this bottle. The wine has a delicate salinity and wet stone minerality, plus it's bursting with floral aromatics. This wine pairs incredibly well with shellfish.


The 16 Best Bottles Of White Wine To Get You Out Of Your Rut

Rosé may be relegated to one "season," but a glass of white wine remains pretty damn timeless. A hot summer's day? There's a crisp, clean Sauvignon Blanc for that. A hearty, creamy, wintertime pasta? You'd probably be game for a buttery, rich Chardonnay. And so on and so forth. Which brings us to this&mdasha round-up of our favorite classic bottles of white, plus introductions to some less recognizable varietals that are about to become your new favorites. And a note about price: We've included splurge-worthy bottles for when you're celebrating life's biggest moments and inexpensive options for when taking your pants off after work feels like a huge win.

Region: Loire Valley, France

France's Loire Valley is the original home of Sauvignon Blanc, and this bottle is a mix of those grapes plus some from Chardonnay. The wine&mdashintensely aromatic and sharply acidic&mdashrepresents just what a Loire Sauvignon Blanc should be, with notes of grapefruit, green apple, and maybe a hint of parsley. This + an arugula salad tossed in a vibrant vinaigrette = BFFs.

Region: Marlborough, New Zealand

Though New Zealand isn't the birthplace of Sauvignon Blanc, the grape is synonymous with the country. That's because everything you love about a classic Sauvignon Blanc is on steroids in a NZ version&mdashso, so grassy, intensely citrusy, with loads of ripe tropical fruit notes. Kim (Crawford, not Kardashian) is famous in the world of Sauvignon Blancs, gaining critical acclaim for her lively yet smooth whites.

Region: Napa Valley, CA

Napa Sauvignon Blancs showcase an intense fruit expression and more subdued green characteristics (i.e. grass, herbs) than their friends from Loire or Marlborough. The awarded Ladera produces a focused, intense wine with succulent mandarine, mango, and melon.

Region: Sierra Foothills, CA

Everything Tank Garage Winery (which has a small, funky tasting room in Calistoga, CA) produces is intentional&mdashfrom the artsy labels to the tongue-in-cheek descriptions to the inventive blends. This one's comprised of five different grapes: Vermentino, Roussanne, Verdelho, Pinot Gris, and Trousseau Gris. They all ferment on their skin, which gives the wine an orange hue and notes of orange marmalade, honey, and candied lemon peel.

Region: South Tyrol/Alto Adige, Italy

This pink-skinned grape is commonly grown in Northeast Italy, Alsace, and Oregon&mdasheach region offering a distinct interpretation. This particular Italian region, bordering Germany, showcases lighter, citrusy, slightly nutty Pinot Grigios. This bottle is a quintessential expression of just that: fresh, dry, with a round finish. Cin cin!

Region: Willamette Valley, OR

Pinot gris digs Oregon. It has coastal influence, making it a cooler climate with lush growth that's perfectly suited for this grape. The region's unique interpretation of this varietal develops into a wine with aromas of honeydew and flowers, a bright acidity, and light spiciness. Don't overlook Oregon pinot gris&mdashmany consider them the most undervalued whites on the market.

Region: Napa Valley, CA

Perhaps you've heard of the renowned Alpha Omega but gasped at the steep price tag. This bottle is their second label, meaning it's made from grapes that are sourced from the same vineyards as Alpha Omega but didn't meet the criteria for their main bottling. Translation: It's major bang for your buck&mdashand it's everything you could hope for when you think of a Napa Chardonnay. It's buttery goodness, explosive tropical fruit, and evident vanilla from extensive oak treatment.

Region: Sonoma County, CA

Decoy is most recognized for its red wines, but the Sonoma County producer develops quality whites at an approachable price, too. The Chardonnay is rich with flavors of buttery brioche, caramel, and ripe pineapple. This baby's voluptuous and decadent.

Region: Burgundy, France

With its limestone-rich clay and picturesque hillsides, Burgundy is the birthplace of Chardonnay. Unlike California Chardonnay, these French producers use less new French oak for aging (which imparts the heavy vanilla and baking spice tones) and use mostly stainless steel or neutral barrel (which don't). The result is a more delicate, less in-your-face chard. This white Burgundy offers refined nuances of peach, apricot, and almond, with a crisp acidity.

Region: Chablis, France

Take everything you think you know about Chardonnay and throw it out the window the Chablis region is the cleanest, most precise interpretation of the Chardonnay varietal. William Fevre is a prized producer in Chablis and receives critical acclaim year after year. The producer's rejection to oak aging leads to crisp, mineral-driven whites. No butter, no vanilla, just underripe green apples and white flowers. Intriguing (maybe a little confusing), right?! You should drink a bottle to fully understand.

Region: Mosel, Germany

Riesling is the favored grape of Germany, and it's easy to see why: The steep terraced vineyards in this region rely on sunshine reflecting off the Mosel River to ripen. The result is a magically off-dry, boldly acidic wine with notes of ripe Bosc pear, green apple, and notable minerality. The delicate sweetness would balance the heat from spicy food nicely.

Region: Clare Valley, Australia

Pikes has gained an international following for its dry Riesling. It aims to create wines that showcase the uniqueness of the region and vintage. Australian Rieslings are usually characterized by their "limey-ness," but this bottle is balanced with aromas of lemon, green apple, and floral notes. The charming sweetness makes it a perfect pairing for Indian food.

Region: Rías Baixas, Spain

This wine's grapes are grown in a lush, coastal region of Spain, kissed with sea breezes. Sounds amazing, eh? Satiate your wanderlust with this bottle. The wine has a delicate salinity and wet stone minerality, plus it's bursting with floral aromatics. This wine pairs incredibly well with shellfish.


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