Best Medium White Wines

January 2, 2009

Conundrum California White

Table Wine 2006  USA  $29.99  +390831

Best of Category  ] A California icon that hasn’t increased in price. Rich, complex, surprising—the blend is Chardonnay, Sauvignon, Semillon, Viognier, and Muscat Canelli.


Viña Maipo Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2008

Chile  $12.95  +097634

Vibrant gooseberry and currant flavours.


Cheviot Bridge Long Flat Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2006

Australia  $12.99  +183715

Great value, versatile Aussie.


Cono Sur Transition to Organic

Chardonnay 2007  Chile  $14.49  +471367

Luscious, buttery pear and citrus flavours.


Peter Lehmann Barossa Semillon  2005

Australia  $15.99  +572412

Full-on Aussie winner: big flavour, bone dry.


Wirra Wirra Scrubby Rise Sauvignon Blanc Semillon Viognier 2007

Australia  $16.99  +019372

Surprisingly refreshing Aussie Sauvignon.


Douro CARM Branco 2006

Portugal  $17 +648782

Delightful fresh lemony herbal Portuguese white.


Dourthe No.1 Sauvignon Blanc 2007

France  $17.99  +264929

Superb Bordeaux quality for under $20.


Galil Mountain Chardonnay 2007

Israel  $17.99  +463315

Attractive Mediterranean Chardonnay.


Villa Maria Private Bin Unoaked Chardonnay 2007 

New Zealand  $17.99 +549972

Fresh-as-a-daisy screwcap Kiwi Chard.


Wild Goose Pinot Gris 2007

B.C.  $18.95  +536227 (private wine stores)

Pure Okanagan fruit—peaches, pears, and apples.


Sumac Ridge Black Sage Vineyard Meritage (White) 2007 

B.C.  $24.99  +434977

Less oaky than past vintages—and better for it.

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