Chuck the Chardonnay and grab some cheap but awesome white wines! {requested by @johnnyartpants - let me know which you try!}
  1. Clean Slate Riesling. Riesling can be astronomically priced but this one is like 10 bucks. It's also a good Riesling 101 with its mild intro to the sugar-acid marriage that Riesling does so well.
  2. Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc + Viognier. A little fruity and floral from the Viognier. I love this one in spring. $14
  3. Domaine Wachau Gruner Veltliner $15. Ugh, so good. Gruner is grassy and white pepper and even more perfection for spring.
  4. Salomon Undhof Gruner Veltliner. Had this at Bar Boulud and looooved. Peppery arugula, lemon and pretty elegant for the $15 price.
  5. Helfrich Pinot Blanc. PB is like the ultimate cheap but really good white. It's super mild and light so great on a hot summer day. Also a good by the glass choice bc it'll never be offensive. This Helfrich is great though. $14
  6. Nieto Torrontes. Such a great grape - peachy yet zesty, acidic, and super refreshing. Awesome summer white. $13
  7. Erath Pinot Gris. Definitely introduce yourself to Pinot Gris from Oregon. Lush pear and yellow apple. Just really delicious. $17
  8. Fairvalley Sauvignon Blanc. South Africa is a great region for SB. Hyper grapefruity and asparagus-y like the ones from New Zealand. This one's like 10 bucks.
  9. Albariño. Crispy and killer with any shellfish, preferably just caught. Try Pazo Señorans (may be a few bucks over $20) or Martin Codax.
  10. Leyda Garuma single vineyard Sauvignon Blanc $19. Loved. Grapefruit, lime, minerally. Haven't had since I was at the vineyard in Chile. Freaking great.
  11. BONUS: Benziger Sauvignon Blanc. Putting on the list because it's widely available. Benzinger is a sick producer of biodynamic wines. This is entry level and under $20 but try the Paradise for $35 and their reds when you splurge.