Alphonse Mellot Sancerre “La Moussiere” 2015, Loire Valley ($32.99): With 19 successive generations of winegrowers in the Mellot family, this has always been one of the top estates in Sancerre. This rich yet mouthwatering sauvignon blanc comes from 50 year-old vines that give this wine incredible minerality and intensity of orchard and stone fruits.
Indaba Chardonnay 2013, South Africa ($9.99): This great bargain in S. African chardonnay offers notes of bright, tropical fruits, with a creamy palate and surprising depth.
Scarpetta Barbera del Monferrato 2013, Piedmont ($21.99): From Master Sommelier Bobby Stuckey and award-winning chef Lachlan McKinnon-Patterson, this juicy, medium-bodied red has aromas of crushed berries and plums, with hints of earthiness and mushrooms. Barbera’s high natural acidity make this a natural and easy pairing for pasta and pizza.
Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, South Africa ($9.95): Always an easy crowd pleaser, this full-bodied red from Robertson is a great value. With a hint of neutral oak, this plummy red, with soft structure is perfect for summer barbecues and grilled steaks.