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.
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.
Diplomatico Rum Reserva Exclusiva, Venezuela ($37.99): A fabulous dark, golden rum aged for 12 years, this is rich, sweet and fruity and has won numerous awards world-wide. Try it in a simple daiquiri or as a substitute for Goslings in a Dark & Stormy with ginger beer.