Cheap Wine That Doesn't Suck
As thin as Ashley Olsen, as bland as Jay Leno, as character-free as Joe Lieberman, virtually every one of this batch of SBs I've tasted gives the "poor man's Chardonnay" a bad name. Except one, and it comes from super-giant-mega producer Beringer. Hey, I don't care if it comes from Chateau Manson; at least it tastes the way sauvignon blanc should. By that, I mean bracing aromas of green apples, lemon-lime, and fresh herbs and crisp, refreshing flavors of Meyer lemon, pineapple, and green apple with a backbone of orange- and peach-tinged acidity.
It's an excellent wine with seafood (see Charlie's recipe for easy bouillabaisse), is available just about everywhere, and at around $12 a bottle makes avoiding all those sucky sauv blancs a financially uplifting endeavor.