Chateau Jouclary Cabardès Rouge ($14.99): The Cabardès appellation is located on the southern slopes of the Montagne Noir, the most southern outcropping of the Massif Central and just outside the medieval walled city of Carcassonne. Here, a harmonious meeting of Atlantic and Mediterranean influences provides herbaceous highlights to this ripe and easy drinking, medium-weight blend of Cabernet, Merlot, Syrah and Grenache. Amazing as an accompaniment to grilled meats.
Domaine Du Cros Lo Sang Marcillac ($18.99): Another great, chillable red for a rooftop party or summer griller, this time from fairly obscure AOC Marcillac, where the grape of choice is the even more obscure Fer Servadou. This everyday cuvee presents with a vivacious red robe, aromas of blackcurrant, bramble and a rich minerality, present in the palate as a sanguine quality that makes this wine an ideal accompaniment to burgers, barbecue and all manners of ethnic cuisine.
Aguijon de Abeja Catamarca Bonarda ($17.99): Argentina’s 2nd most widely planted grape after Malbec, this full bodied wine shows great depth of concentration and intensity. Notes of black cherry compote, fresh blueberry, and plum give off to nuanced expressions of violets, allspice.
Andrew Rich Table Cabernet Sauvignon ($25.99): This Columbia Valley Cabernet, made by the talented winemaker Andrew Rich, exhibits dark plums and blueberries on the nose. The palate is silky and smooth showing notes of juicy black fruit, and a hint of chocolate on the rich lingering finish.