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Great Northwest white wines
In the world of wine, finding a bargain-priced white wine tends to be easier than reds.
Part of this is that the price of white wine grapes tends to be lower per ton because white wines often can be grown at higher tonnage.
For example, while Cabernet Sauvignon typically will be grown at 3 tons per acre (and sell for $1,500 per ton), Riesling vines in Washington often will carry 6 tons per acre – and cost less than $700 per ton.
Another factor is how long a white wine stays in the winery before being bottled and sent into the market. White wines that don’t go into barrels (Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris) might go into bottle some three or six months after harvest. A red wine typically will hang around in expensive barrels for eight to 24 months before being bottled.
The sweet spot is a wine that not only retails for $15 or less but also earns a top rating.
We have compiled a dozen white wines we’ve tasted in recent weeks that not only rate our top “Outstanding!” rating, but also are easy on the wallet.