Hugel Pinot Blanc “Cuvee Les Amours” 2014, Alsace ($14.99): From one of the most esteemed domaine in Alsace, this pinot blanc is a benchmark for dry wine in the region. Medium-bodied and round, yet with a backbone of acidity, this white is extremely well-balanced and with aromas of white flowers and stone fruits.
Merry Edwards Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Russian River Valley ($39.99): Blended with a small amount of Sauvignon Musque and fermented in barrels, this is a rich and luscious expression of sauvignon blanc, that shows aromas of tropical fruits and white flowers, with a creamy palate.
Chateau Les Miaudoux Bergerac 2015, SW France ($15.99): An equal blend of merlot and cabernet sauvignon, this full-bodied red sees no oak and thus reveals brighter red and purple fruits, along with tobacco, green herbs, and wet stone. This is a hearty wine that is both refreshing and bold, and will pair with any roasted or grilled meats.
Ridge Red Blend “Three Valleys” 2014, Sonoma Valley ($27.99): A blend of zinfandel, petite sirah, carignane and zinfadel, this classic from Ridge and famed winemaker Paul Draper is a dense, full-bodied red with flavors of black fruits, white pepper, and spices that is an easy complement to any hearty roast.