Bailey Lapierre Cremant de Bourgogne Brut ($18.99): Soft and well rounded, this eminently drinkable Cremant from Burgundy blends all four of the region’s varietals (Chard, Pinot, Gamay, Aligote) in a round, yet fresh quaffer sure to be the life of any party. Fruit forward, friendly, crisp and clean.
Ghostwriter Santa Cruz Chardonnay ($34.99): Rich and complex; the nose shows mineral notes and citrus. It boasts a full body from extended lees contact. The wine is then aged in neutral oak. This Chardonnay shows an intense minerality and meyer lemon on the palate balanced by just a hint of oak.
Chateau Bouscasse Madiran ($25.99): This inky blend of 80% Tannat and 20% Cabernet Franc is a wine that is both dense and smooth, yet elegant and Old-World. On the generous nose and rich palate, ripe black fruits dominate, with an almost meaty undertone, supported by a dry, solid structure from the Tannat. Ready to pop with some friends tonight, or a worthy addition to the cellar for up to a decade or two.