H. Blin Brut NV, Champagne ($34.99): From 80% pinot meunier and 20% chardonnay, this deliciously fresh and wonderfully toasty Champagne is made by a cooperative of more than 100 growers in Marne. One of the best values in sparkling wine, not just Champagne.
Ronchi di Cialla Ribolla Gialla 2013, Friuli ($23.99): Founded in 1970, this family-owned estate works only with traditional local varietals. With no oak treatment whatsoever, this ribolla gialla has intense aromas of stone fruits, bright acidity as well as great minerality. A great wine for the summer with any seafood.
Cascina Bruciata Langhe Nebbiolo “Usignolo” 2013, Piedmont ($22.99): From vineyards originally farmed since the 1880s, the Usignolo is a great introduction to nebbiolo. Aromas of sweet red fruit, savory herbs and mushroom with exotic spices all intermingle in a wine that offers a preview to great Barbaresco.
Chateau La Croix St. Andre Lalande de Pomerol 2012, Bordeaux ($25.99) 80% merlot and the remainder cabernet franc and cabernet sauvignon, this full-bodied red is one of the better values in the Right Bank. With aromas of plums, cassis and a gravelly minerality, this is meant to go with any roast or game.