Best Medium White Wines

Conundrum California White

Table Wine 2006  USA  $29.99  +390831

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.