I'm always on the lookout for fresh, affordable whites for summer drinking. This Picpoul de Pinet from Château Font-Mars in the Languedoc region of southwestern France is certainly a contender. Made from the indigenous picpoul blanc grape, which can be traced back to the 17th century in the Languedoc, this Picpoul de Pinet is crisp and minerally with hints of citrus and flowers. At about $10, it's hard to find a better summer-weight white wine for the price.
Pour it as an aperitif the minute guests come in the door. Or serve it with crudo or sashimi, smoked trout, or chilled seafood salads.
-- S. Irene Virbila
Price: About $10.
Style: Crisp and minerally.
Food it goes with: Smoked fish, crudo, sushi, seafood salads, Asian food.
Where you find it: Available at many fine wine shops and retailers.