I don’t want that much oaky Chardonnay in my house, so I’d rather go with Sauv Blanc, Viognier, Rhone stuff, or ‘blends’. I’d like to stay away from the mega-mall wineries, as I’m supposed to be passing as a wine geek.
So far this year we’ve tried the VINTJS Chardonnay ($6) - reasonable fruit, but flabby - and the LeCheteau Vorvray (also $6) - simple but enjoyable. Both would probably work well as stand around, cocktail wines.
Picked up some Metz-Laugel Gewurztraminer Cuvée Michel Léon (Alsace, $10) but haven’t tried it yet. Some guy on CT seems to like it. Also have some of their Muscadet which I bet will end up being a bit thin.
Last year I used some of their Asti Spumante to good effect in a cocktail, the Jasmine Smiles:
1/2 oz each of Gin, Campari, Cointreau and Lemon Juice topped with 2-4 oz sparkling wine or champagne.
Le Ferme Julien. The white is plenty good for the money. I’ve bought cases and cases of it for events for people, and have had it a dozen times. Absolutely nothing wrong with this one. Around $6 bucks here, maybe $7.