Often overlooked, the Chenin Blanc wines of France's Loire Valley can offer unique flavors at friendly prices. This Vouvray has lovely almond, quince and fig flavors mingling in a bright, medium-bodied package, with a lingering note of honey. Just off-dry —James Molesworth
A live-wire Riesling, whose apple, peach and mineral flavors are etched onto the steely structure. An amazing amount of flavor packed into a lightweight frame. Hedonists beware: This is for fans of acidity. Drink now through 2012.
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Concha y Toro has really stepped up the quality of its higher-end wines, as this delicious Carmenère shows. Lovely flesh and balance here, with ripe blackberry and plum flavors, suave toast, and a long, creamy finish that delivers another wave of fruit. —James Molesworth
More like Sauvignon Blanc than Viognier, but delicious, with a bright, tangy burst of lively passion fruit, lime and grass notes. Fine richness and intensity to the flavors, picking up a ripe peach flavor through the finish. Drink now. 2,925 cases made. S
Italy offers a bevy of tasty yet little-known whites. Try this yummy, refreshing Pinot Grigio, with ripe pear, almond paste and mineral character. Clean and well-balanced, with a fresh finish. Drink now. 4,300 cases made. Smart Buys. —James Suckling
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