Da Mar Prosecco NV, Veneto ($13.99): From sustainably farmed vineyards in the heart of Valdobbiadene, this prosecco is one of the best values, showing bright aromas of citrus and orchard fruits, with zesty acidity.
Grochau Pinot Noir ‘Commuter’s Cuvee’ 2015, Willamette Valley ($21.99): One of the better value pinot noirs from Oregon, this shows bright aromas of red and black fruits, mingled with herbs and flowers. The 2015 vintage was slightly warmer and produced fuller-bodied wines, but the Commuter’s Cuvee still shows great elegance.
Le P’tit Paysan Chardonnay “Jack’s Hill” 2014, Monterey($24.99) From former assistant winemaker at Bonny Doon, this chardonnay is picked slightly earlier, and sees only stainless steel and neutral barrels to maintain its incredible freshness and minerality. A great, full-flavored chardonnay without the heaviness.
Le P’tit Paysan “Le P’tit Pape” 2014, San Benito ($25.99) A traditional Southern Rhone blend of grenache, syrah, mourvedre and cinsault, Le P’tit Pape shows the grapes at its freshest, most delicate, with wonderful red fruit aromas, great acidity, and a soft finish.