The party season of late spring is in full pour. There are countless cases to fuel the festivities. They don't have to be expensive. These bottles are less than $20.
Frascati is Rome's house wine. It's refreshing and bargain priced. Try the peachy 2008 Fontana Candida Frascati ($10), now in a traditional bottle, not the amphora shape. Move south to Puglia with an appley, easygoing 2008 Tormaresca Chardonnay ($12).
From Australia comes the 2009 Chateau Tanunda Grand Barossa Riesling ($16), a fruity, refreshing, versatile white that's a match for pork, hot dogs, chicken potpie.
Dry and floral, the 2009 Quivira Wine Creek Ranch Dry Creek Valley Grenache Rosé ($15) delivers a springtime picnic in a bottle. The 2009 M. Chapoutier Belleruche Rosé ($13): red fruit, fresh flavor; break out the barbecue.
The 2008 Franciscan Estate Napa Valley Chardonnay ($17) offers apple, pear and citrus notes.
And the medium-bodied 2008 Matanzas Creek Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc ($19) is a subtle, citrusy, round winner. The 2009 Charles Krug Sauvignon Blanc ($18) has tropical fruit and citrus accents. They star with seafood.
Go red with the 2007 Bivio Chianti ($12), with a hint of cherry and almond. It's good with any red-sauced dishes.
Dependable and priced to sell, the 2008 Concha y Toro Casillero del Diablo Carmenere ($11) is plummy and spicy, right with red meat and pizza.