Dionigi Montefalco Rosso 2012, Italy ($19.99): A blend of sangiovese and sagrantino from Umbria in Central Italy, this red offers the brightness of cherry fruit from classic sangiovese, as well as more muscle and structure from sagrantino. A great alternative for those looking beyond Chianti.
De Tierra Syrah 2010 Monterey, CA ($20.99): From a region between Santa Lucia Highlands and Carmel Valley, this full-bodied, well-aged syrah shows great balance with aromas of ripe blackberries, creamy vanilla and fresh eucalyptus. A great value in CA red!
Josef Bauer Gruner Veltliner 2013, Austria ($12.99): A classic, dry, crisp white from a family-owned estate just north of Vienna, this is a great introduction to gruner veltliner and its telltale notes of citrus, stone fruits, and white pepper finish.
Fattoria della Fornacelle “Valicaia” 2009, Italy ($35.99): A blend of sangiovese, cabernet and merlot, this may be the best Super Tuscan wine for the value. Showing great after a few years in bottle, this exhibits all the warm, black fruit typical of Bolgheri but also the refreshing green herbal notes typical of Tuscany.