Hot days are not going away any time soon, and so begins the search for that elusive bottle -- a crisp, refreshing white for less than $10. I've found one in the 2008 Las Colinas del Ebro from Spain. Clean, cool and crisp, with hints of tropical fruit yet very dry, this is a basic summer white to keep chilled in the fridge, ready to break out at a moment's notice.
Drink it as an aperitif, with bruschetta and jamón
serrano, with salads and soups, a simple grilled fish.
-- S. Irene Virbila
Region: Terra Alta (Catalonia) Spain
Price: About $9
Style: Clean and crisp
What It Goes With: Jamónserrano, salads and soups, grilled fish.
Where to Find It: Los Angeles Wine Co. in Los Angeles (800) 854-8466 and Palm Desert (760) 346-1763, www.lawineco.com; Silverlake Wine in Los Angeles, (323) 662-9024, www.silverlakewine.com; and Wine Exchange in Orange (714) 974-1454, www.winex.com