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The Best White Wines at Safeway Under $15

Drinks Seema Gunda 11 comments

While the convenience of buying my vino with my Honey Nut Cheerios would certainly be welcome, the same question arises when facing aisles of wine, no matter the setting: What should I buy? What are the best options in this super-convenient scenario? And are the prices competitive with better wine shops? More

Snapshots from Chile: Wine Country, Old and New

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The wine industry in Chile is far from new—Spanish explorers brought grapevines to the country as early as 1523, and wine has been made there for centuries. Here are my snapshots of harvest season in Chile, from 135-year old cellars to new coastal plantings. More

Serious Grape: Stellar Sauvignon Blanc for $18 and Up

Drinks Maggie Hoffman 2 comments

As you move up the price ladder, wines made from Sauvignon Blanc become worthy of a special occasion, and perfect for pairing with savory fall foods. f you think Sauvignon Blanc is a just a throwaway thirst-quencher, a wine to please margarita-lovers, check out what we found in our high-end explorations. These are serious wines made with care. More

Serious Grape: Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé

Drinks Maggie Hoffman 3 comments

For Sauvignon Blanc from France, you gotta know an AOC or two. We sampled some Sancerre and Pouilly Fumé to get you on your way. More

Serious Grape: More Sauvignon Blanc Under $18

Drinks Maggie Hoffman 1 comment

We crave tangy New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, but NZ is not the only place making tasty wines from our beloved varietal. This week, we checked out a few more affordable examples from around the globe. More

Serious Grape: New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc Under $17

Drinks Maggie Hoffman 5 comments

The New Zealand government is funding research into "new flavours" in Sauvignon Blanc, but we'd prefer to just let the flavors be. We recently tasted ten New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs that sell for $10 to $17, and were pleased with the results. For the most part these wines are enjoyable, with bright, refreshing flavors that are perfect for summer. They're a great accompaniment to grilled shrimp or rich curries, or just a giant bowl of chips and guacamole. More

Wine for $9: Sauvignon Blanc

Drinks Maggie Hoffman 6 comments

Sauvignon Blanc is the fresh, tart limeade of affordable wine—a thirst-quencher for gulping on the patio on a hot summer evening. It's bright, tangy, and tasty, especially with some salty chips and guacamole or a plate of grilled fish. Whether you're stocking up for a party or just watching your budget, you can find quite a few decent bottles that sell for under ten bucks. In fact, we found more than a case full. More

Sustainable Wines: Saving the Earth, One Glass at a Time

Drinks Maggie Hoffman 1 comment

The natural wine movement is growing, spurred by winemakers' concerns about the long-term viability of their land, the quality of their wine, and the protection of the environment. In honor of Earth Day on April 22, we chatted with Michael Honig about his efforts toward sustainability at Honig Vineyard and Winery in California, and taste-tested a few great natural wines to recommend. More

Wine for $9: Carignan Poudou and Redcliffe Sauvignon Blanc

Maggie Hoffman 24 comments

This new monthly feature proves that drinkable and actually enjoyable wine can exist for south of ten bucks. Here are two suggestions (a red and a white) to get you started. More

Summer Wine Tip: Dry Creek Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc

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Last week, Serious Grape columnist Deb Harkness stopped by with a few good candidates for refreshing summer wines. Over on her own blog, Good Wine Under $20, she's got another suggestion—the 2008 Dry Creek Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, which "can hold its head up among zingy New Zealand bottlings, but has a bit more softness and is far less assertive."... More

Serious Grape: Back to Basics, The Noble Grapes

Drinks Deb Harkness 1 comment

There is a price to pay for eclecticism: you can forget to drink the six grapes that provide the backbone for wine production throughout the world. These six "noble grapes"--Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Pinot Noir--have been cultivated all over the world and been made into distinguished, even legendary wines. More

Wine Survival Guide: Summer Barbecues

Drinks Deb Harkness Post a comment

When I head to the store for summer wines, I keep "GRPS" (grapes without the vowels) in mind. It stands for Grenache, Rosé, Portugal/Spain, and Sauvignon Blanc, and these wine categories open up a world of tasty new options for summer get-togethers. More

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