Every week the founder of Washington Wine ReportWine Enthusiast contributing editor, and Seattle Met's house wine guru recommends a (typically) budget-friendly Northwest wine.

What: Maison Bleue Jaja White Wine Columbia Valley 2012 $25

Where: 6th Ave Wine Seller, Esquin, Pike and Western, Wine World and Spirits

Why: Summer is officially here, and it’s time to start drinking like it. That means white wine. Now, there’s a segment of wine drinkers out there that think of white as the lesser wine, a second-class citizen of the imbibing world. Don’t believe it for a second.

White wines can be every bit as good as their red counterparts—and every bit as expensive. (White Burgundy anyone?) While some white wines are simple, easy drinkers, others can be profoundly complex. You just have to find the right white wines—and yes, you often have to pay accordingly for them. Here’s one white wine, however, that’s sure to change a lot of minds at a price that won’t break the bank.

The 2012 Maison Bleue Jaja White Wine is a southern Rhone-style blend of marsanne, roussanne, grenache blanc, and picpoul blanc, with the lion’s share of the fruit coming from Boushey Vineyards, one of Washington’s premier sites. It’s an aromatic tour de force with grapefruit peel, tangerine, star fruit, cantaloupe, and mineral. The palate is medium bodied and dry with a textured feel. It’s perfect on its own but also screams out for food. It’s a serious wine—serious enough to get a red wine drinker’s attention—but not so serious that you can’t enjoy the summer weather along with it.

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