Paris Valley Road Cabernet Sauvignon
We know, warm weather is a nice, time for rosés and whites. We’ll get to that, but let’s not forget a delicious California Cab for BBQ, burgers and pizza. Paris Valley Road offers a classic Cab flavor profile of plums and cherries, with a lengthy finish of tobacco, cocoa powder and oak. Red wine from California
Domaine La Manarine CÔtes du RhÔne RosÉ
Always one of our favorite rosés, a great choice to convince the blush wine skeptics of rosé’s place on the table. A very dry, but full-bodied rosé, Manarine is a blend of Grenache, Syrah & Mourvèdre which contribute to its depth and darker color. Rosé wine from France.
Punkt Genau Sparkling GrÜner Veltliner
Here’s a fun sparkler for toasts, mimosas or simply to satisfy a good bubbly craving. This sparkling Grüner smells of an apple orchard, with exotic tropical fruit balanced with a crisp, dry finish. Sparkling wine from Austria.
Jean Marc Lafont Morgon
Morgon and other cru Beaujolais can be the perfect summer red. Very soft, light and elegant with dazzling aromas and flavors of strawberries intermingling with the earthy aromas and terroir-driven character distinctive to good Beaujolais. Pop a bottle in the fridge for an hour or 2 for a red wine made for warm summer nights. Red wine from France.
Ferrari Carrano FumÉ Blanc
Love Sauvignon Blanc, but sometimes bored with its lack of flavor? Here’s one for you. Ferrari Carrano has waves of citrus, melon, kiwi and apple notes, balanced just right through French oak barrel aging, which lends a hint of vanilla and a supple finish. White wine from California.
Huarpe Bonarda/Petit Verdot
While we’ve all been falling in love with Argentina’s fine Malbecs, we’ve overlooked some of their other great varietals. Huarpe makes this delightful blend of some lesser known grapes, resulting in a rich inky red with dark berry and violet floral notes. Red wine from Argentina.
JJ Vincent Bourgogne Blanc
A classic Chardonnay from Burgundy, fresh and fruity nose is followed by crisp minerality on the palate with hints of vanilla and brioche. Great for wine lovers who’ve convinced themselves they’re not fans of Chardonnay, when rather they’re usually just not fans of very oaky whites. White wine from France.
Gruet Brut RosÉ
A sparkling wine lover’s dream come true, all from the unassuming vineyards of the New Mexico mountains. Where else would one find a high quality blanc de noirs for under $20? Gruet Brut Rose, 100% Pinot Noir, offers wild strawberries and floral aromatics, with a refreshing palate-cleansing acidity on the finish. Sparkling rosé from New Mexico.
Channing Daughters “Scuttlehole”
Chardonnay From one of our favorite local wineries and aged in stainless steel tanks with no malolactic fermentation, this is the pure expression of Chardonnay:
focused and crisp, featuring citrus and tree fruit notes of apples and pears. Grapes are farmed and harvested with great care, apparent in the finished product. White wine from New York.
Aromas and flavors of cherries and red berries, followed by a soft, but supple mouthfeel and finish. Great fruit and round texture make
this a great red by the glass and, like most Italian reds an excellent table wine, particularly with Mediterranean cuisine. Red wine from Italy.
Underwood Pinot Noir
Perhaps the best value American Pinot we can find. True varietal character of red fruits, black tea, forest floor and earth. Let’s be
frank, here’s an Underwood you can whole-heartedly trust. Red wine from Oregon.
Fans of our top 12 may be familar with this beauty from Spain, but they’ll recognize we love turning people onto unique varietals largely undiscovered by the casual wine drinker. Naia shows herbal notes, followed by inviting aromas of grapefruit, lime & kiwi finishing with a clean, dry finish. White wine from Spain.