Snooth User: fala125

Need white for BBQ this month - 8.99 and under, retail price

Posted by fala125, Jul 1, 2010.

Help!  I'm having a BBQ/wedding reception towards the end of this month and have hit a huge snag!  My wine shop just informed me that the wine we wanted (Chateau Bonnet 2008 Entres deux Mers) is completely sold out and they don't know when they'll be getting more in!  I'm kind of freaking out because we have about three weeks until the party...


Any ideas?


Reply by nvansicklen, Jul 1, 2010.

You should think about Sutter Home Chardonnay.  It is a very reasonable priced wine and accessible at most retail stores.  Another good option is Folonari.  They have some very nice and affordable wines. 

Reply by StevenBabb, Jul 1, 2010.

what state do you live in?

Reply by dmcker, Jul 1, 2010.

OK, it seems you like sauvignon blanc, something lighter with good acidity and balance. A good food wine. Is that correct? The info on where you live is important regarding whether online merchants can ship to you. If you can answer Steven's and my questions, I'm sure we can give you some good options pretty quickly....

Reply by fala125, Jul 1, 2010.

I live in Brooklyn, NY - I would prefer to not purchase something from online but rather a local wine shop. 

Yes, dmcker, a good food wine.  We're having salads, a whole roasted and smoked pig, smoked chickens.  I've been really unhappy with what some wine shops have suggested to me recently - seems more about the sale and less about the compatibility.

Reply by dmcker, Jul 1, 2010.

I'll make a few suggestions of not only sauvignon blanc, but also chardonnay and other varietals. I'm not a big fan of many lower end California chardonnays or New Zealand SBs, because I think they've gone in overmanipulated, overlarge, even grotesque directions to achieve a fruity flavor profile that's more for people being weaned from sodapop. I very much enjoy wines that are made to interact complexly and effectively with food, and that have good acid in the balance. My reading is that you're looking for something similar. I've taken into consideration your focus on meat, and not seafood.

I'm not in New York, so can't help you with local retailers. At the moment I'm in Tokyo, but am originally from California and still buy a lot of wine from people there, mostly onine at the moment. So to help you with some candidates, I'll be working off the online offerings of one of the largest yet most reliable, creatively interesting online merchants there: K&L Wines. I went to their site, selected 'white wines', then 'under $10.' You can perhaps use these wines as guidelines in asking your local vendors if they have anything similar. What I'd do in your situation, instead, is order an immediate bottle of each to check on their shipping speed, then do an impromptu tasting at home to see which you want to use at your BBQ/wedding reception. Then order the volume you want of the winning wine... ;-)

So here are the candidates I'd consider:

2007 Laboure Roi Bourgogne Blanc "Maximum" (Was $18 Elsewhere)

2008 Bernier Chardonnay Vins du Pays Jardin de la France

2008 Domaine de Coussergues Chardonnay-Viognier Vin de Pays d'Oc

2007 Alpen Cellars Trinity County Chardonnay (Was $12.99)

2009 Joel Gott Sauvignon Blanc

2008 Wildhurst "Reserve" Lake County Sauvignon Blanc

2008 Plantagenet "Hazard Hill" Semillon-Sauvignon Blanc Western Australia

2007 Paul Jaboulet Aîné "Les Traverses" Côtes du Ventoux Blanc

2008 Perrin & Fils "Reserve" Côtes du Rhône Blanc

2008 Mas Carlot "Tradition" Marsanne/Roussanne Vin de Pays d'Oc 

2008 La Hitaire Blanc "Les Tours" Vin de Pays des Côtes de Gascogne 

2008 Skouras White Peloponnese 

2005 Viñedos de Ithaca "Odysseus" Garnatxa Blanca (Was $27) 500ml  

2009 Vallevò Trebbiano d'Abruzzo

A bit of explanation:

  • First, I was going off what was available at this merchant. In some cases they were $9.99, instead of $8.99. Some were lower, even $6.99. I haven't checked on their case discount policy, or shipping to New York.
  • As such, I also haven't tasted each of these wines in the past, but am going off what I know of the producer, region and varietal.
  • They're not listed in order of what I think might be best, but instead kinda grouped in the order chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, Rhone whites and 'others' (other French, Greek, Spanish, Italian).
  • I've leaned more toward food-friendly wines, as indicated above. Not too surprising that a large proportion of them are European....


If you do decide to take my suggestion, the taste-off should certainly be fun! Wish I were there. ;-)

Reply by dmcker, Jul 1, 2010.

I didn't include a riesling, though that would also make sense considering your pork and chicken orientation. At this price point one option would be:

2006 Milz Laurentiushof Estate Riesling 180°

Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Jul 2, 2010.

Hey Fala,

I see the 2008 listed at several places in NYC, all of whom offer case discounts bring your cost down to right around your $9 a bottle.


Check this out




Reply by Andrew46, Jul 2, 2010.

I like dmeckers list, and particularly like the Wildhurst SB.  They buy from the same vineyard that we use in our Lake County SB.  If you can get that for $10 or less, that is a good deal for sure.

Reply by amour, Jul 5, 2010.

Given your price line, it surprised me that no one thought of pointing you in the direction of CHILE.

I am suggesting that you explore CHILE.

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