Summer is almost here, and so are a lot of good white wines at fair prices.
To go with fried seafood, consider an old favorite from northeastern Italy: Soave. Uncork the 2012 Villa Erbice Soave Superiore ($18), light, fruity and dependable. Likewise, the easygoing, refreshing 2012 Tenuta di Corte Giacobbe "Corte Giacobbe" Soave ($15). And enjoy the floral 2013 Inama Soave Classico ($15); and more minerally 2013 Inama "Vigneti di Foscarino" Soave Classico ($24). All will channel your inner Venetian.
The ever-popular, pale-straw pinot grigio also is a reliably summery wine. Fuller and richer than most is the 2013 Elena Walch Pinot Grigio Castel Ringberg ($23), which has notes of pear and fine acidity. It's ideal with simply prepared fish, grilled or sauteed, and works with a seafood risotto, too. You'll also find a hint of pear in the lighter 2014 Elena Walch Pinot Grigio ($17), which is a good sipper and a match for grilled fish.
Modest and satisfying: the 2014 Pasqua Pinot Grigio ($15), fine as a sipper at poolside. Grandpa Cha Cha's Home Style Wine Pinot Grigio ($10), imported by La Vendemmia in Lindenhurst, is a no-nonsense bargain.
From Germany, look for the 2013 S.A. Prum Luminance Riesling ($15), a dry, balanced winner from the Mosel, with suggestions of tropical fruit, citrus, and peach. And consider the 2013 Gunderloch Jean-Baptiste Riesling Kabinett ($20), an off-dry Rheinhessen wine, with hints of yellow plum and peach. They complement ham, prosciutto, spicy dishes, Asian cuisines.