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15 Best White Wine Brands Tasted & Ranked (2023 Edition)

Best White Wine Brands

Last Updated on November 5, 2023 by Lydia Martin

As a wine lover passionate about mixology and bartending, I’ve personally tasted and tested the best white wine brands on the market.

I usually recommend the best white wines to my family and friends so that they can experience the same treat without traveling the world. And with all my recommendations, some brands received great feedback, which I’ll share today.

So, if you’re looking for the best white wines for your next event or to fill up your cellar, check out this round-up of the best picks below.

Top 15 White Wine Brands To Try

 15. SIMI

Man Drinking Simi Sauvignon Blanc

Average Price: around $15/750ml (MSRP)

Alcohol Content: 13.5% ABV

Nose: Grassy, citrusy

Palate: pear, peach notes

Star Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

Why We Like It: We like SIMI’s Sauvignon Blanc for its balanced blend of tastes. It exudes vibrant aromas and a fruity palate, perfectly complementing cheese, pasta, and seafood dishes.

We also suggest trying SIMI’s Chardonnay wines, which exude yellow apple, pear, and stone fruits.

14. Josh Cellars

Man Holding Josh Cellars Sauvignon Blanc

Average Price: around $14.99/750ml (MSRP)

Alcohol Content: 13.5% ABV

Nose: Lemon, kiwi, green apple

Palate: Bright, crisp lemon curd

Star Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

Why We Like It: Josh Cellars Sauvignon Blanc is a delightful glass of sunshine with its aromatic and bright profile. The crisp, clean finish makes it one of the best white wines, perfect for summertime sipping.

Our Sauvignon Blanc is a wine that everyone seems to like, kind of like my dad, Josh.” – Joseph Carr, Founder of Josh Cellars

But besides Sauvignon Blanc, Josh Cellar’s Chardonnay, Buttery Chardonnay, North Island Chardonnay, and Pinot Grigio are also must-tries. If you like Josh Cellar’s red wines, their whites are excellent, too!

13. Bread & Butter

Average Price: around $15.99/750ml (MSRP)

Alcohol Content: 13% ABV

Nose: Rich vanilla, toasted oak

Palate: Smooth, creamy, buttery

Star Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

Why We Like It: Bread and Butter Sauvignon Blanc delivers a rich and indulgent experience with their smooth, creamy, and buttery taste. We like the enticing aromas of grapes, followed by delicate salinity on the palate.

This brand has many options, from Cellar and Napa collections to Reserve and Everyday wines. So, besides their excellent Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc, Bread and Butter red wine is a must-try, too. But what’s the top Sauvignon Blanc below $30?

12. Bota Box

Average Price: around $15.49/3L (Drizly)

Alcohol Content: 12% ABV

Nose: white peach, citrus

Palate: Juicy, medium-bodied

Star Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

Why We Like It: Bota Box Pinot Grigio wine is a fresh and fruity delight. This bottle boasts bright peach and citrus notes with a refreshing finish.

This wine [1] bottle is a must-have for chilling and enjoying after a long day or paired with no-fuss dinner entrees. Also, if you have the chance, we suggest trying Bota Box’s Chenin Blanc and Viognier wine.

11. Kendall-Jackson

Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay Bottle Label

Average Price: around $15.99/750ml (Drizly)

Alcohol Content: 13.5% ABV

Nose: Light-toasted oak

Palate: Baked apples, tropical fruits, citrus

Star Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

Why We Like It: We see why Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay grape variety is America’s trusted #1 (not the whole world, though) Chardonnay. Its quality, flavor distinction, and food-friendly nature are evident in this bottle.

Its vibrant fruit flavors and a touch of butter and vanilla make it perfect for any occasion. Actually, we also suggest trying other white wines from this brand, like Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Riesling, and Viognier.

Check out our recommended fruit wines here.

10. Decoy

Bottle of Decoy Chardonnay

Average Price: around $18.99/750ml (Drizly)

Alcohol Content: 14.1% ABV

Nose: Butter, honey

Palate: Brioche, pineapple

Star Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Why We Like It: Decoy impresses us with its rich, decadent, and full-bodied Chardonnay grape from Sonoma County, giving buttery brioche, honey, and ripe pineapple savors.

This is one of the exquisite white wines with quality at an approachable price.

9. Butter

Man Holding Bottle of Butter Chardonnay

Average Price: around $17.99/750ml (Drizly)

Alcohol Content: 14.8% ABV

Nose: Rich stone fruits

Palate: Creamy, buttery

Star Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Why We Like It: Butter Chardonnay lives up to its name with its rich, bold, and luscious character. The creamy texture, combined with stone fruit and baked-lemon notes, leads to a lovely, long, vanilla finish.

It’s a delightful indulgence in a glass – full-bodied and dry. It’s one of the most recommended white wines under $20.

8. Black Box

Average Price: around $22.99/3L (Drizly)

Alcohol Content: 14% ABV

Nose: Fresh apple, oaky hints

Palate: Smooth citrus, mango, pineapple

Star Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Why We Like It: Black Box offers some of the best white wines we’ve tried, like Sauvignon Blanc [2], Riesling, Pinot Grigio, and Chardonnay.

But the Chardonnay grape wine impresses us the most with its refreshing fruit notes and subtle oak touch. It has excellent tasting notes, depth, and structure, with natural acidity, making it an enjoyable choice. But how long does Black Box wine last?

7. Franzia

Box of Franzia Chardonnay

Average Price: around $20.99/5L (Drizly)

Alcohol Content: 12.5% ABV

Nose: Stone fruit, vanilla, oak

Palate: Medium-bodied, semi-dry

Star Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Why We Like It: Franzia’s Chardonnay provides a pleasant balance of fruit and sweet notes. Its body and semi-sweet profile pairs well with chicken and pasta dishes, making it a versatile choice of wine.

Other white wines from the brand include Franzia’s Sauvignon Blanc, Chablis [3], Pinot Grigio/Colombard, and Moscato. They’re all good, too!

6. Ponzi Vineyards

3 Bottles of Ponzi Vineyards' Pinot Gris and a Glass on Top of Table

Average Price: around $19/750ml (MSRP)

Alcohol Content: 13.5% ABV

Nose: Honey, floral notes

Palate: crisp, lightly spicy

Star Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Why We Like It: Ponzi Vineyards’ Pinot Gris from the Willamette Valley delivers a delightful combo of pleasant aromas with a bright acidity and subtle spiciness.

This light-bodied, dry wine is underrated but worth savoring! If you’ve tried their Riesling wine, you’ll surely like this Pinot Gris grape variety.

5. Domaine du Salvard

Average Price: around $19.79/750ml (MSRP)

Alcohol Content: 12% ABV

Nose: Citrus, green apple

Palate: Vibrant, zesty

Star Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Why We Like It: Domaine du Salvard captures the essence of Sauvignon Blanc, commonly grown in the Loire Valley.

We like its intense aroma, crisp acidity, and refreshing grapefruit and green apple notes. This is a perfect pairing alongside fresh salads and vinaigrette.

4. La Crema

La Crema Chardonnay Bottle Label

Average Price: around $20.99/750ml (Drizly)

Alcohol Content: 13.9% ABV

Nose: Meyer lemon, pear, white flowers

Palate: Crisp apple, tangerine, pineapple

Star Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Why We Like It: La Crema Chardonnay white wines delight with their pleasant tasting notes, creating a juicy, concentrated wine with a lingering finish.

We also enjoy La Crema Pinot Gris for its broad and balanced palate. If you want a perfect complement to your roast chicken, serve white wine La Crema and enjoy!

3. Tiefenbrunner

Average Price: around $17/750ml (Wine-Searcher)

Alcohol Content: 12.5% ABV

Nose: Citrus, nutty

Palate: Fresh, dry

Star Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Why We Like It: Tiefenbrunner’s Pinot Grigio provides a refreshing, well-balanced wine experience. We enjoy the citrus and nutty notes – the best wine for any occasion.

This bottle, made from 100% Pinot Grigio grape variety from Italian vineyards, and aged four months, boasts fruit purity and youthfulness. But do you know what’s the driest white wine?

2. Kim Crawford

Man Holding Bottle of Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc

Average Price: around $17.99/750ml (Drizly)

Alcohol Content: 12.5% ABV

Nose: Grassy, citrus

Palate: Tropical, vibrant

Star Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Why We Like It: The Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc bottle from the New Zealand vineyards (Hawke’s Bay and Marlborough) is an explosion of flavor with intense grassy and citrus flavors complemented by ripe tropical fruit notes.

Served chilled, this bottle provides a lively yet smooth wine experience – one of the must-try white wines! We also tried their Riesling bottle, and we’re thrilled for its intense aroma and complexity.

1. Alpha Omega

Average Price: around $25.99/750ml (Drizly)

Alcohol Content: 14.1% ABV

Nose: Tropical fruit, vanilla

Palate: Butter, oak

Star Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Why We Like It: Alpha Omega’s Chardonnay, from Napa Valley, is an excellent example of buttery goodness, explosive fruit flavors, and evident vanilla.

“White wines are like a breath of fresh air, a symphony of delicate flavors dancing on your palates, a moment of pure bliss in every sip.” – Liquor Laboratory

We like the balanced acidity and sweet notes of this white liquor, a perfect pair for cheese and fish. Other best options from the brand include wines made from Chenin Blanc, Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon Blanc, and Riesling grapes.

Note: Average prices are based on Drizly, Wine-Searcher, and official product websites. The star rating is determined based on blind taste, with 1 being the lowest and 5 being the highest rating. Each product was evaluated on its overall quality, flavor profile, complexity, smoothness, and overall enjoyment.

How We Chose & Ranked The White Wines

Quality & Consistency

We evaluated white wine brands based on quality and consistency. Brands with well-crafted, reliable, and enjoyable wines ranked higher.

Variety & Availability

We also considered the range of wine offerings and their accessibility. Wine brands with diverse options available and produced worldwide in various markets received good rankings.

Customer Reviews & Reputation

We analyzed consumer feedback and brand reputation. Higher-ranked brands had positive reviews, excellent customer satisfaction, and a strong reputation within the wine community.

Value for Money

Most importantly, we assessed the overall value provided by the most popular white wines. Brands offering the best value with excellent quality and giving us a worthwhile experience were ranked higher.

FAQs

What is the smoothest white wine to drink?

The smoothest white to drink varies by personal preference. But wines made from Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay (from Loire Valley), and Viognier grapes are known for their smoothness.

What is the king of white wines?

The king of white wines is considered Chardonnay, renowned for its versatility and ability to age gracefully. But Sauvignon Blanc and Grüner Veltliner wines are great whites, as well.

What is considered a rich white wine?

A rich white wine typically has full-bodied flavors and a creamy texture and is aged in oak barrels, such as oaked Chardonnay. It’s like the counterpart of Pinot Noir in Reds.

What is the best dry white wine?

The best dry white wine is subjective to personal taste, but Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio are popular choices.

What is the best white wine for dinner?

The best white wines for dinner depend on the meal, but a versatile choice is a crisp Chardonnay [4], a dry Riesling, or a rich Sauvignon Blanc.

What are the best white wines for beginners?

For beginners, the best white wines are those light and refreshing, like a Sauvignon Blanc or a Moscato.

Key Takeaways

All these white wine brands have their own specialties, setting them apart. But one brand stands out, delivering overall quality, taste, value, and enjoyable experience.

While Kim Crawford and Tiefenbrunner proved to be excellent choices, Alpha Omega emerged as the clear winner.

We’re amazed by its unparalleled quality, expressive taste profile, established reputation, and variety of selections, which provide value for money and an excellent wine experience.

So, if you want to deviate from your usual red Pinot Noir bottle, Alpha Omega whites are some of the top choices.

References:

  1. https://www.newsweek.com/amplify/30-fascinating-facts-about-wine-that-you-never-knew
  2. https://www.independent.co.uk/wine/sauvignon-blanc-history-alternatives-b2357252.html
  3. https://www.reuters.com/business/environment/chablis-vineyards-fear-grows-that-destructive-frosts-may-become-norm-2022-04-03/
  4. https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/food/5-things-to-know-about-chardonnay-the-worlds-most-popular-white-wine/2019/07/26/eed6635c-ad55-11e9-a0c9-6d2d7818f3da_story.html
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