The 14 Best White Wines to Drink in 2020
by Jonathan Cristaldi
From a distance, the unsuspecting wine drinker might make the mistake that people who drink only red wine have all the fun. But red wine just can’t compete with the “fun” factor that comes with enjoying a fabulous white. What do you think they’re drinking on those multi-million dollar yachts or poolside at every Relais & Châteaux resort?
From ever-popular chardonnay to zesty pinot gris and evergreen sauvignon blanc, the predominant flavors of great white wines are bolstered less from summer’s red fruits and more by the yellow fruits of autumn. Citrus pervades the palate, and even herbs make regular cameos. And of course, white wines are best served chilled, making them ideal for warmer months.
Exquisite white wines are produced worldwide, and to make the task of picking the right one easier, here are some of the best white wines to drink now.
Best Semi-Sweet: 2018 Argyle Nuthouse Riesling
This estate-grown riesling from Oregon’s Willamette Valley is one of the many love-children of Argyle winemaker Nate Klostermann, mentored by Argyle’s esteemed founder, Rollin Sales. To eke out some extra flavor out of their rieslings, Klostermann likes to spend extra time soaking the grape skins—one of the many experimental nuances that make this wine a prize to be cherished.
This wine has a great mouthfeel with a fine blend of orchard fruit and sweet grass. Subtly sweet but with sturdily balanced acidity, it’s fresh and long with crushed stone and smoky mineral notes. An excellent bottle for anyone willing to become a riesling convert.”