If you’re looking to take your white wine game beyond Chardonnay, a good place to look might be Torrontes. This Spanish grape isn’t as bombastic as Sauvignon Blanc or Riesling, but it still delivers tremendous white fruit, floral notes, and enough body to hold a little oak, and pull it off in good proportion.
For 11 bucks, you get cherries, cola, and surprisingly great balance for a Pinot on this level. Keep a case on hand for: surprise company, surprise raises, surprise blizzards, surprise dance parties.
I find that a lot of people think almost exclusively about red wines when they think about South American regions. I get it, Malbec and Carmenère are delicious, but if you’ve never tried Chilean Sauvignon Blanc you really need to give it a go. It’s generally more restrained than the stuff from New Zealand and shows really pretty floral notes to boot!