Ducourt Estates Blanc Lime ($15.99): As quintessentially French as spending a morning people-watching at an outdoor cafe table in Paris, this revived mid-century classic features quality wine (Sauvignon Blanc) infused with lime and lightly carbonated for a fantastic aperitif, or even as a whimsical accompaniment to lighter fare. Crisp and refreshing and very suited to warm weather.
Ray’s Creek Central Coast Pinot Noir ($12.99):
Ray’s Creek Pinot Noir is an elegant wine, exhibiting bright notes of cherries and raspberries coupled with subtle earth tones. There’s a touch of richness in the mid-palate and the finish is soft.
Chateau de Monrepos Bordeaux ($12.99): An outstanding wine that drinks much bigger than its modest price would suggest. Medium bodied, dark and elegant, the wine has subtle notes of black cassis, leather and a touch of capsicum. Medium, smooth finish.
Chateau Simard Saint Emilion 2000 ($36.99): This Bordeaux offering is from the stellar 2000 vintage. It is made from 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc. The bottle age here is showing beautifully. Elegant and earthy, with notes of dark fruit and forest floor. This is a rare chance to try aged Bordeaux for a reasonable price.