Those of us who love cheap wine love to share cheap wine finds, which means I've been getting whispers about Sicilian wine for a couple of years.
The quality of Sicilian wine has improved dramatically in the past decade, while prices have stayed pretty much the same. That's because Sicily gets very little respect from the wine snobs. In addition, most Sicilian wine is made with grapes only a master sommelier has ever heard of, which makes it more difficult to sell
The Ajello is a perfect example of all of that. It's cheap (list price is $12, so it's probably available for around $10 at some places) and it tastes great. Really, really great. It's a white wine, but without any of the off-putting turpentine flavors in similarly priced pinot grigio. Instead, it's clean, clear, and crisp, with a mineral-like finish. Don't expect much fruit -- just a bit of lemon (and you have to look for that). This wine is ideal for shellfish or grilled scallops, any kind of grilled chicken or even just drinking on a slow afternoon.
If the price holds up against the weak dollar, this is definitely a candidate for the 2009 $10 Wine Hall of Fame.