The wine industry in the United States continues to boom – at least if figures from 2018 are to be believed – and there is no reason not to given that the U.S. is the largest consumer of wine in the world, both by volume and by value. It’s also no surprise that the most popular wine in the U.S. is a white – Chardonnay. Pinot Grigio is the fourth and the fastest growing wine category includes Sauvignon Blanc. It seems therefore that white wine continues to grace tables across the nation given this popularity – given this popularity is there any danger of white wine becoming so pricey that the average consumer will soon be hard pressed to find value?
Given the fact that there are some spectacular white wines available for under $30 it doesn’t seem that way. Here are some great choices when it comes to finding the best white wine under $30 – these wines are meant for easy drinking, but that does not mean that cannot still offer exceptional value at that sought after price point.
1. Jean-Marc Brocard Chablis.
This is a French wine that punches way out of its weight class. With the snap of green apple and a mineral rich crisp finish this Chardonnay varietal is just perfect for the lighter dishes that Spring will bring to the table.For around $18 a bottle it’s an absolute steal.
2. Nobilo Icon Sauvignon Blanc.
The wines of New Zealand have garnered an exceptional reputation – and that certainly is true for their Sauvignon Blanc offerings – and this one is no exception. The herbaceous finish white a heavy mineral component this wine also offers an almost tropical aroma and hints on the taste buds. At $17 dollars (or thereabout) another great value buy.
3. Martin Codax Alabarino.
For those that have not immersed themselves in white wine to any great extent this variety might be new. however it is certainly worth exploring. Produced on Spain’s northwestern coast it is the perfect wine for those hot summer days. It is light and refreshing with highlights of citrus style acids and hints of peach. Definitely one to try as an alternative to Sauvignon Blanc. Goes great with seafood and pairs exceptionally with shellfish such as fresh oysters. Expect to pay around $14 – which frankly far to cheap.
4. Trinchero – Mary’s Sauvignon Blanc.
This hearkens back to when Sauvignon Blanc ruled the Napa Valley roost until it was deposed by the usurper Chardonnay. It is crisp with hints of lemon and other fruits and possibly a touch of pear. It’s great return to a napa Valley stalwart. You can expect to pay in the region of $20.
5. Roederer Estate Brut.
No list of whites would be complete without the addition of at least one bubbly – and this one is such excellent value for money it is hard to resist. Hints of pastry and apple will make you wonder why you were shelling out such vast sums of money for French champers. You’ll be paying around $23 – and that is exceptional value.
Great white wine does not have to cost the earth. The best white wine under $30 will deliver exceptional taste and will be perfect for drinking right now in the company of friends and family (or serve at a business function).