Scarpetta Barbera D’Monferrato ($21.99): Crushed berries and plums with hints of earth and porcini mushrooms aromas. A medium bodied red wine with low tannins but bright acidity, giving it wonderful balance. The high acidity and low tannins let this wine work with everything from a pizza or homemade pasta to a piece of beef or pork.
Chateau de Bonhoste Bordeaux Blanc ($12.99): Light, crisp, and clean, showing an impressive balance of fruit flavor. This is a great white for sipping with any light cuisine; it goes especially well with fish.
Monte Bernardi “Sangio Rosso” Toscana ($19.99): Hand harvested from a single vineyard, sitting at an altitude of 500 metres just outside the chianti region in Panzano. Medium bodied wine with traditional tart cherry, red fruits flavors and notes of leather, tobacco and earth. Perfect with pasta, chicken & pizzas.
Domaine De L’Harmas Chateneuf-du-Pape 2012 ($34.99):
The straight Châteauneuf du Pape is a classic effort that offers up notions of blackberry, black raspberry, garrigue and leather in a medium-bodied, fresh and focused package. Made from 70% Grenache, 15% Syrah and 15% Mourvedre, this is classic stuff to drink over the coming.