Deb has hand-picked 12 of her current favorites for sipping! Learn more below.
A couple of bubbles:
Vallerosa Bonci Verdicchio Spumante 'Metodo Classico Millesimato'
Marche, Italy - $42.15
Bright pale yellow with light bubbles. Broad and sweet with pleasant yeasty aromas. On the palate, dry, ample, very pleasant, elegant and harmonious.
Grape Abduction Piquette Rosé
Štajerska, Slovenia - $17.32
Subtle red fruit on the palate with notes of watermelon, mineral and salt. Low in alcohol.
Some rose and whites:
Quinta de Santiago Rosé
Minho, Portugal - $18.18
Alvarinho, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz
Beautifully balanced with medium body. Red fruit aromas. Hints of raspberry and strawberry, with crisp acidity and citrus.
Burgundy, France - $27.70
Very aromatic with white flowers, fresh fruit, lime, citrus aromas as well as a bergamot. Pleasant mouthfeel, supple, crisp, fruity flavors. There is a touch of acidity, revealing a deliciously integrated minerality.
Domaine Beauséjour ‘Les Grenettes’ Sauvignon Blanc
Loire Valley, France - $16.90
Lightly herbal and softly fruity, this ripe wine has refreshing acidity to balance. Its crisp zingy texture has a tight, mineral side from the chalk soil of the vineyard.
A mix of reds:
Aranjuez Cabernet Franc
Tarija, Bolivia - $22.46
Notes of fresh red pepper, conjugated with aromas of well-ripe red fruits, where raspberry and redcurrant stand out together with subtle notes of chocolate obtained from its oak aging. The palate is pleasant and round, with moderate tannins and very pleasant end of mouth
Château de Mercuès Grand Vin Malbec de Cahors
Cahors, France - $30.91
Côt/Auxerrois (Malbec), Merlot
Black fruit, spice, and vanilla aromas. Very rich with hints of cherry, sweet spice, and understated oak.
The Smuggler's Boot Pinot Noir
Western Cape, South Africa - $23.42
Attractive strawberry, savory and star anise spice linger on the nose. Juicy and sumptuous on the mid palate with breadth of flavor offset by a nimbleness of fresh acidity, friable tannins and sinuous mouthfeel, this Pinot unwraps to earthy, fennel, chocolate and a hint of incense to a long supple finish.
Laurent Herlin Vignoble Terre d’Adoption
Loire Valley, France - $25.67
Bright red fruit flavors are complemented by aromas of peony, soft spices, and blackberry leaf. A delicious smooth and velvety texture makes this wine a jovial and emphatic pleasure to drink.
Vadio Vinho “Baga” Bairrada DOC
Beiras, Portugal - $22.46
The nose shows the classic elegance of baga and the freshness characteristic of Bairrada. The palate is delicate where the acidity shines and persists accompanied by very soft and polished tannins.
Marchesi Biscardo Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso
Veneto, Italy - $25.56
Corvina, Molinara, Rondinella
Elegant and complex on the nose, it shows ripe berry and flowers. Full-bodied and soft, with lovely velvety tannins and a long finish.
And for dessert:
Domaine Bellegarde Jurançon Moelleux
Jurançon , France - $17.86 (375ml)
Petit Manseng, Gros Manseng
Aromas of ripe exotic fruit and white flowers. On the palate it is round and gratifying, with honey and fruity notes, all wrapped around a lively acidity.