Casa Marin Sauvignon Blanc “Cipreses Vineyard” 2014, San Antonio Valley($25.99): From vineyards that are no more than 2 miles from the Pacific Ocean and extreme temperatures during the winter, this is a wonderful cool-climate sauvignon blanc that has great intensity and complexity, with abundant fruit and minerality.
Barone Ricasoli Chianti Classico ‘Brolio’ 2013, Tuscany($22.99): As the largest winery in Chianti Classico whose founder first established the rules for the region, this is a modern blend of sangiovese, merlot and cabernet sauvignon, with aromas of dark cherries, earth and pine, that’s great with any braises.
COS Vittoria “Pithos” 2013, Sicily ($30.99): A blend of frappato and nero d’Avola, this is a counterpoint to the wines of Arianna Occhipinti, whose uncle here inspired her to make wine. Ageing exclusively in clay amphorae allows the wine exposure to oxygen and clearly express the terroir. A great introduction to both Sicilian and amphorae wine.
Primaterra Primitivo 2014, Puglia ($12.99):Identical to zinfandel, primitivo offers much of the same pleasures as its American cousin, with notes of black fruits, soft tannins and round texture to make this a perfect wine for pizza or grilled sausage.