White wines are generally less expensive than reds for a few reasons.
First of all, the grapes tend to be less expensive to grow than red varieties, and depending on the variety (such as riesling and pinot gris in Washington), the plant can carry a higher crop than reds — often twice as much.
Second of all, making white wines generally takes less time because the wines often go into stainless steel tanks for just a few months before being ready for the bottle. In the case of some varieties, such as chardonnay or semillon, they might see the inside of a barrel for a few months. As a result, the wines get to market faster and provide a little better cash flow for the wineries.
Here are several delicious white wines priced at $15 or less that we’ve tasted in recent weeks.