Eyes gazed and cursor flashing: you’ve been caught at your desk again daydreaming of the time you won a booze-fueled wet t-shirt contest in Puerto Vallarta. Now as a responsible adult — and legal purchaser of alcohol — your spring break doesn’t have to consistent of a whistle-blowing bartender dumping free tequila down your gullet. Your springtime alcohol getaway can be one of leisure and budget-saving relief! Here are seven wallet-friendly and imported white wines to export your mind back to those white-sanded glory days.
Caves da Cerca 2016 Famega Vinho Verde ($8)
Directly translating to “green wine,” this bubbly Portuguese favorite is sessionable perfection. A light, citrusy and sprightly wine that can be consumed by the bucket-full at roughly 8 percent ABV. Buy in bulk.
Marqués de Cáceres 2016 Rueda Verdejo ($9)
Altogether now: ver-DAY-ho! This Spanish powerhouse maker pumps out its version of the region’s most planted white grape with zest and zeal, a crisp and crunchy sipper best served ice cold and next to a poolside veggie platter.
Le Jaja de Jau 2015 Pays d’Oc Sauvignon Blanc ($9)
The scents and flavors of white flowers and tropical fruits are captured and capsuled in this bargain bottle from France’s Languedoc region. The screw top allows for easy access when the sun randomly rears its head.
Berger 2016 Grüner Veltliner ($10)
Truly only four words needed here: bang for your buck. A single Hamilton (and change for tax) will get you this pop-top liter bottle of refreshing, fruity yet dry wine. Oddly enough, the Austrian import is a natural match for sushi.
Yaluma 2016 Y Series Viognier ($10)
Lush and brimming with tropical fruit like a Mai Tai without the hangover, creamy flavors of honeysuckle and melon bring the Bahamas to the glass, by way of an Australian winery. Drink with heaping hot salsa and salty tortilla chips.
Inama 2015 Soave Classico ($14)
From the Italian Garganega grape variety comes this wine from its namesake region in the hills of the Veneto. Lemon peel, tangy green apple, ripe pear, chamomile and other herbs fill out the profile on this white that deserves the presence of fish n’chips.
Terrazas de los Andes 2016 Torrontés Reserva ($15)
Teaming with the smells of spring (melon, lychee, white flowers, peaches), the Argentine variety fills the glass and palate with wide flavor and freshness you’d expect from season. Just like Mexico to college students, Torrontés should be consumed while its still young and fresh.
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