12 Spring Wines Under $12: The White Edition, Part I

It’s spring, and with its emergence comes gorgeous, playing hooky days and a modicum of drinking. (I used the “m” word to make myself feel better about the extracurricular day drinking that’s bound to happen on a regular basis.) So I’ve decided to share some of my go-to bottles of white wines under $12 for everything from lounging in the park throwing the frisbee, to backyard barbecues, to evening dinner parties.

Domaine Saint-Lannes Blanc 2011 $11
Grapes: Colombard, Ugni Blanc, Gros-Manseng
This one fell into my lap this week. Once I unscrewed the cap, there was no denying its crispness with hints of fresh peaches and white flowers. Oh, and note the fact that I said “unscrewed,” not “uncorked” – easy access. The Domaine Saint-Lannes will surely be the highlight of any dinner party.

Maipe 2010 $11
Grape: Torrontés
How can you say no to a Torrontés? This Argentinian charmer boasts beautiful citrus that lingers with an undeniable freshness. Anytime you want to meet me at Cheesman for some blanket time, call me. I’ll have a bottle of Maipe in tow.

Chateau de Pellehaut de Harmoine Gascogne Blanc 2010 $8
Grapes: Chardonnay, Ugni Blanc, Colombard, Sauvignon Blanc, Gros-Manseng
Dubbed “The Crowd Pleaser” (by me, of course), it holds tropical fruit and citrus with notes of honey. When friends show up and want to get the party started with a little charcuterie, be sure to have the cork popped and this wine ready to pour.

Hugues Beaulieu $11
Grape: Picpoul
Grapefruit takes the nose on this one with lime accentuating the refreshing crispness of the palate. The way this wine lingers makes it a 1st choice of mine when there’s seafood involved for dinner. Scallops, anyone?

Ken Forrester $11
Grape: Petit Chenin Blanc
You’ll wish you were frolicking through meadows when this wine’s notes of green apple, pear, and honey suckle cross your lips. That is all.

New Age White $11
Grapes: Malvasia Bianca, Sauvignon Blanc
If this wine were a mullet, New Age would definitely be all business in the front with a party in the back. You’d think it was all pour and serve, right? Not necessarily. If you pour this animal on the rocks, the party just migrates to your mouth. Oh, and there’s the fresh flowers and fruit with a crisp finish. Hey, wine over ice, a patio, my homies? Yes, please!

And if you want to step it up a notch, I’m offering up a bonus white. Grab a bottle of Maison Champy Mâcon-Villages Chardonnay, $20. California chardonnay drinkers, this will definitely be one to get you outside of your comfort zone. The Maison Champy delivers beautiful, green apple tones with a dry, rich crispness. What a difference a stainless steel fermenting process makes, eh? You can only find this gem at Lloyd & Maxwell in West Wash Park.

For the record, all of these wines pair perfectly with fried chicken and watermelon.

About LeVar Battle


Mildly hilarious social media manager, blogger, #chocobear, and script/copywriter that's also a momma's boy. Also, I occasionally drink wine and write about it. Pinky up!