Robert Mondavi, who died this month at age 94, put American wine on the world map. The son of an Italian immigrant, he presided over California's Napa Valley, where over the years he and members of his sometimes feuding family made a range of wines, some expensive, some affordable. But all the wines, Mondavi maintained, were consistently drinkable, ones that Americans could be proud of.
2006 Woodbridge Sauvignon Blanc by Robert Mondavi, Woodbridge, Calif.
12.5 percent alcohol by volume; $9.99 for 1.5 liters. Distributor: Diamondback Division of Reliable Churchill.
Bright and clean with apple and grapefruit notes, this is an uncomplicated wine, a good pour for a big party.