There aren’t many wines out there where you can score a great example for around $12. Sure there is a lot of inexpensive wine, and some of it is good, but does it speak to you about varietal character? I’m not going to delve into terroir here because frankly that’s a lot to ask of a $12 wine but is it too much to ask your wine to taste like the grapes that were used to make it?

In some case yes it is. It’s simply too difficult to grow great Pinot Noir or Nebbiolo and get it in the bottle for $12 but Sauvignon Blanc on the other hand may very well still be the greatest value wine there is. Simply put the character of Sauvignon Blanc, grassy, citrussy, aromatic, focused and crisp is, for a number of reasons, easy to capture even when growers push their yields up and plant Sauvignon Blanc in less than the perfect place.