2019 Rosé Assinatura de Familia, Quinta de Santiago $9.99
Bubblegum pink in color and a burst of effervescence on the finish, make this low alcohol (10.50% abv.) wine the ideal, any time of day, refreshing Rosé. Whimsical with a kiss of fruitiness, imagine relaxing outside on a bright, sunny day with a chilled glass of this Vinho Verde Rosé – heavenly! A great choice for a Mother’s Day brunch, as it’s food friendly and won’t overwhelm the palate.
2019 Montravel Blanc, Château Calabre $12.99
Just ten miles east of Saint-Emilion is the appellation Montravel. At Château Calabre, winemaker Daniel Hecquet makes a snappy unoaked white from a blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Muscadelle. It’s one of our bestselling whites year after year. The reason? It over delivers for price. Vibrant and crisp, with a harmonious combo of citrus and cut grass flavors. Fish fry anyone?
2019 Passerina Colle Maggio, Torre Zambra $17.59
Passerina is a native grape of Italy, primarily found growing in the Marche and Abruzzo, where Torre Zambra is located. The De Cerchio family began their winery in 1961. Today they take pride in maintaining the traditions of the past while looking forward with modern know-how. Their Passerina has a golden color with succulent green apple and citrus flavors. Perfect for white fish and poultry dishes.
2020 Sauvignon Blanc, MAN Family Wines $9.98
This recently arrived Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa’s Western Cape region is a tremendous value. The grapes are picked over three weeks to stagger ripeness levels in order to capture a range of flavors. Expect gorgeous tropical flavors like pineapple and pomelo integrated with notes of dried herbs. Pour a glass and savor while chopping and prepping in the kitchen!
2018 Friulano, Frico $12.98
The Frico Friulano is made by Scarpetta, a wine label focused on the wines of Friuli-Venezia Guilia in northeastern Italy. The man behind the label is Bobby Stuckey, a world-renowned sommelier, who in 2000 had the envious position of taking The French Laundry’s wine list global. Clean and zesty with white grapefruit flavors, this sunny white pairs perfectly with pasta with clams or chicken Enchiladas.
2019 Sauvignon Blanc, Pezzi King $18.95 sale price
From the heart of Dry Creek Valley in northern California, comes this formidable, estate grown Sauvignon Blanc. The flavors are characterized by crunchy melon and stony nectarine fruit with a spark of green chile on the nose. A sophisticated example of Sauvignon Blanc, this one shines served alongside seared sea scallops or tuna carpaccio. Or with Aguachile from your favorite truck.
2018 Duoro Red, Altano $9.98
It’s a blend of the three most widely planted red varieties in northern Portugal’s Duoro Valley: Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo), and Tinta Barroca. Together, they make for a tasty little quaffer with blackberry fruit aromas and flavors. The palate is lively and the finish refreshing. Pair this price performer with a pork or beef stir fry or try it with a hanger steak.
2018 Garnacha, La Viña de Bululú $11.98
No, that 1007 on the label is not some odd homage to James Bond, it represents the height, 1007 meters above sea level, where the organically farmed vineyard lies. 100% Garnacha from old, old vines, the wine is medium to full bodied with expressive fruity notes of plums and black cherries. The elevation helps the fruit develop proper balancing acidity. Try it with charcuterie.
2019 Red Blend, Escarlata $12.98
Chile’s Colchagua Valley is ground zero for the nation’s red wine vines. Its proximity to the ocean plus its granitic and volcanic soils contribute greatly to the structure and expression of the local juice. This four grape blend (Cab Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Syrah) is dark and full bodied. There’s plenty of New World ripeness in the fruit, balanced by lively acid and fine tannins. Great with lamb.
2019 Tempranillo, El Valor y La Gracia $11.98
This Tempranillo wins the prize for the busiest label in this month’s DD, and there’s a lot going on inside the bottle as well! From Spain’s La Mancha area, just east/southeast of Madrid, prime territory for Tempranillo, known locally as Cencibel. It’s a ripe, juicy little number, with black cherry and blackberry aromas. A great all-purpose red, bottled in screwcap, so you can take it on a picnic.
2015 Bordeaux, Chateau de Beauregard-Ducourt $13.98
The 2015 vintage, especially for Bordeaux’s Merlot-based wines, was a great one. Beauregard-Ducourt is in the Entre-Deux-Mers, which is prime Merlot terrain, and the pure, clean, plummy fruit is on display here. It’s medium to full bodied with excellent expression and structure. You can drink it on its own, though it will suit most grilled meats – burgers, ribs, or chops.
2018 Luberon, Tour de l’Isle $19.99
Master blender Robert Rocchi has a handful of growers sprinkled around the southern Rhône Valley from which he sources fruit, and has the final say as to how to go about blending the different grape varietals. Here, we have a healthy portion of Syrah and Grenache, with some Mourvèdre, Cinsault, and Carignan. It’s a complex and delicious! Try it with a baguette and a bowl of olives.
And they’re off! The Kentucky Derby started us out, but the month of May is full of festive spring days, such as a day for all of you Mothers out there, as well as that unofficial start of summer known as Memorial Day Weekend!
It’s a good idea to have a stash of quality, versatile wine at the ready. Brunch with Mom or a long weekend at the cabin?
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