REGION: Sicily, Italy
Sicily, like much of the Mediterranean, is one of the best places to look for value these days. You still have to be wary of the producer, but with their natural climate (hot, but moderated by the sea) it's almost impossible not to produce decent grapes. Catarratto is the native white grape, and it produces wonderfully mineral, fresh and almost salty wines. You're not going to go wrong with this wine.