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Tasca d'Almerita Tenuta Regaleali Bianco, Sicily

Contributed by: Joe Roberts

In this white blend, we have a sense of easy-going refreshment that belies a deeper sense of history. Now going on nearly sixty harvests, the Tasca d'Almerita Regaleali Bianco is the first wine produced by Count Tasca d’Almerita on the Regaleali estate in Sicily. A blend of mostly native grapes (Inzolia, Catarratto, and Grecanico), with a bit of Chardonnay for depth, the apple flavors, floral notes, and zesty acidity combine to make this a great pick for Summer sipping.

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Tommasi Tenuta Filodora Prosecco, Veneto

Contributed by: Joe Roberts

You really can't get through the Summer without at least some Prosecco, right? Filodora's bubbly is crafted from 37 acres of vineyards in the town of Miane, using fruit from vines that average about 35 years of age. These vines produce lower yields, resulting in a more complex and elegant Prosecco style; think almonds, flowers, and bright apple fruitiness. In other words, perfect for helping to abate that Summer heat.

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Pahlmeyer Jayson Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley

Contributed by: Joe Roberts

Venerable Napa Valley producer Pahlmeyer has a winner on its hands with the accessible (and fairly priced) Jayson line, named after founder Jayson Pahlmeyer. The Jayson Sauvignon Blanc is a more recent entry in the lineup, and it's lovely; sporting grapefruit and lemongrass aromas, peach and citrus flavors, and an air of seriousness that suggests a heavy Bordeaux Blanc influence.

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Cantine-Feudi di San Marzano 'Talo' Malvasia Nera Salento, Puglia

Contributed by: Joe Roberts

Feeling a flair for the exotic? Then check out the Talo red from Cantine-Feudi di San Marzano. This 100% Malvasia Nera from Brindisi is affordable but age-worthy, silky yet structured, and has easy to appreciate plum fruit flavors balanced by complex aromas of anise, violets, and mint. It's a compelling sipper that can will provide fodder for wine geeks, as well as those just looking for a great match for grilled burgers.

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Inama Vigneti di Foscarino Soave Classico, Veneto, Italy

Contributed by: Joe Roberts

Inama is famous for producing Carmenere in Soave country, but its Garganega offerings are equally as compelling; particularly their Vigneti di Foscarino. Here is a Soave that is crafted from fruit from 40+ year old vines, sees older oak fermentation, and even some batonnage. The result is a Soave white that stays true to form with its freshness, but that also contains enough "stuffing" that could see it mature for 8-10 years in the bottle.

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Chateau de Berne 'Inspiration' Rose, Cotes de Provence

Contributed by: Joe Roberts

Spring has been kind of commandeered by Rose, but it'd be a crime to ignore a good Provencal pink such as the Inspiration during the warmer Summer months. Chateau de Berne gets its fruit (a blend of 70% Grenache, 20% Cinsault, and 10% Syrah) from a mix of vineyards that are surrounded by pine forest and lavender fields, and range in soil types from stony to sandy. That mix gives their dry Inspiration rose a great balance, with pomegranate and cherry aromas on one side, and fresh/tart strawberry flavors on the other.

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Muti Albarino, Rias Baixas, Spain

Contributed by: Joe Roberts

Simply put, this tribute to Olé Imports co-founder Patrick Mata's mother (who spoke German at home, hence the wine's name) is a gorgeous expression of what Albarino can offer. Sourced from three vineyard sites in the Val do Salnes of Rías Baixas (some of which are located only 100 feet from the Atlantic Ocean), this white is a masterful display - citrus, orange zest, white flowers, ginger-like spices, and white fig are all evoked when drinking it. Muti's foudres aging and its zesty acidity both suggest that it will age well in bottle, too.

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Dominio del Plata Susana Balbo Signature Barrel Fermented Torrontes, Uco Valley, Argentina

Contributed by: Joe Roberts

Susana Balbo has become one of the most trusted names in Argentine wine (she was, after all, the first Argentinean woman to be hired as an international consulting winemaker), and her barrel-fermented Torrontes shows that she has some imaginative twists up her sleeve. This white sees about three months of aging in medium-toast French oak barrels, which is just enough time to impart additional depth and spices to the exotic fruit flavors of this variety, while still retaining its floral, honey, and mineral notes.

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Cecchi Coevo Toscana IGT, Tuscany, Italy

Contributed by: Joe Roberts

The "Super-Tuscan" phenomenon can sometimes feel a bit played-out, but that bit of marketing exhaustion hasn't stopped Tuscany from churning out ever-better versions of its Sangiovese and Bordeaux grape red blends. Venerable Italian producer Cecchi has a winner on their hands with their Coevo Super-Tuscan, a blend of grapes hailing primarily from their Castellina and Maremma vineyard estates. This is a rich, refined, and thoroughly modern take on Tuscan reds, with ample black fruit flavors and notes of licorice and wood spices.

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Quinta de la Rosa Tinto, Douro, Portugal

Contributed by: Joe Roberts

One of the best examples that we live in the best of times for wine lovers has been the advent of popularity for the previously unsung dry red wine blends of Portugal's Douro. Better known for making potentially long-lived sweet wines, the same red grapes that converge to produce Port can also make compelling still wines. Such is the case for Quinta de la Rosa's main red blend - it's juicy, chewy, spicy, and smooth, with black fruit flavors and enough underlying structure to age well in bottle for 2-4 years.

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