The springtime party season is in full bloom. And the search for a good bottle of wine that's less than $20 goes with it. Here are recommendations for celebrations.
Sensibly priced white wines include the 2012 Masi Masianco ($15), a citrusy, light blend of pinot grigio and verduzzo, that's fine as a sipper and with seafood; so's the floral, fruity 2012 Marco Felluga Pinot Grigio "Mongris" ($18). Tangy, zesty 2013 Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc ($19) and spirited, refreshing 2013 Kim Crawford Core Pinot Gris ($18) are versatile and very good New Zealanders. Or try the straightforward, fruity 2012 Wente Morning Fog Chardonnay ($15); and the balanced, clean 2012 Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Chardonnay ($19).
The 2011 Argento Riserva Malbec ($17) and 2012 Argento Malbec ($13) deliver plenty for the price, and go with red meat from burgers to steak, barbecue to fajitas.
Ripe reds from Italy take in the velvety 2011 Capezzana Barco Reale di Carmignano ($15), a tasty match with pizza and hearty pastas; the 2010 Fattoria La Valentina Montepulciano d'Abruzzo ($14), a red fruit winner with spice; the full-bodied, accessible 2010 Tenuta Sant'Antonio Valpolicella Ripasso "Monti Garbi" ($19); the supple, dependable 2011 Castello di Gabbiano Chianti Classico ($12); and a smooth, syrah-cabernet sauvignon blend, the 2012 Castello di Gabbiano Solatio ($12).
Staying Italian, turn bubbly with easygoing prosecco. Bolla Prosecco ($13) and Martini Prosecco ($15) provide the necessary sparkle.