The party season is under way. You'll be able to offer very good wines at modest prices. Here's a sampler of the well-made, all less than $20, some less than $10.
2009 Covey Run Chardonnay -- For about $9, this Washingtonian is a good match for light chicken and seafood dishes.
2009 Banfi Le Rime Pinot Grigio -- A light, satisfying sipper that's food-friendly, $9.
2009 Columbia Crest Cellarmaster's Riesling -- At about $12, you'll find this fruity foil for spicy fare, Asian to Latin.
2010 Geyser Peak Sauvignon Blanc -- A wine that's ideal company at the raw bar, for about $14.
2009 Mercer Estates Pinot Gris -- Melon and peach flavors drive this subtle, summery white, $17.
2010 Bertani Valpolicella -- Fresh, versatile, populist, with plum, cherry, raspberry notes, $15.
2008 Michel Torino Malbec Don David -- Plummy, toasty and balanced, this is a meaty red from Argentina, $16.
2008 Dow Vale do Bomfim Douro -- From Portugal, a bright, full-bodied choice, right for what's on the grill, burgers to sausages, $12.