Bera Brachetto 2015 Piedmont ($21.99): The dark sibling to Moscato d’Asti, Brachetto from Piedmont is slightly fizzy and slighty off-dry, great as an aperitif or an easy, light-bodied pairing with fruit or cheese. Its aromas of pomegranates and ripe strawberries make this a great pairing for chocolate as well.
Hall Merlot 2013, Napa Valley ($34.95): This full-bodied merlot from Kathryn Hall represents what Napa does so well, especially in this top vintage. Rich aromas of chocolates, roses, and dark fruits precede the generous palate and long finish.
Seghesio Zinfandel 2014, Sonoma County ($25.99): From vineyards first planted in 1895, five generations of the Seghesio family have made zinfandel their calling card in Sonoma. Blended with a small amount of petite sirah, this is a full-bodied, structured red with aromas of red and purple fruits, as well as a briary note that makes it extremely food friendly.
Montirius Vacqueyras ‘Le Clos’ 2013, Southern Rhone ($22.99): Biodynamic since the 1990s, this domaine has been making balanced, terroir-driven wines that truly reflect Southern Rhone grenache and syrah. From a vineyard entirely enclosed by dense forests, the Le Clos shows bright aromas of dark fruit and telltale notes of black pepper and garrigues.