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Bollini Pinot Grigio, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy

Contributed by: Joe Roberts

Never count Pinot Grigio out when it hails from its spiritual home in northeastern Italy. Diurnal temperature shifts help Bollini's hand-picked Pinot Grigio grapes retain buoyant natural acidity while also keeping ripe fruit flavors. With aromas of acacia flowers, minerals and white pear, and zesty palate with melon and lemon flavors, this is a crowd-pleaser that showcases why this region does this grape so well.

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Loveblock Pinot Noir, Central Otago, New Zealand

Contributed by: Joe Roberts

Here's a sustainably-grown, vegan-friendly Pinot option that will make you feel just as good about buying it as you will drinking it. Sourced from Loveblock's family estate on Bendigo Loop Road in Central Otago, this red shows just how far New Zealand Pinot Noir has come. It's full of fleshy, juicy black plum flavors, ripe black cherry aromas, and alluring hints of earth, mushroom, meat and cigar.

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Bodegas Santo Cristo Garnacha Seleccion, Campo de Borja, Spain

Contributed by: Joe Roberts

Bargain hunters take note: Spain's Campo de Borja, located between Rioja and Catalonia, is offering up some excellent value for money these days. This Garnacha from Santo Cristo (a co-op with history dating back to the mid-1950s) is a great example of what the region can provide those who are looking for bang for their bucks. It's made from old vine Grenache grown on a cool upland plateau, creating a red that's juicy, bold, and powerful in the mouth, but playful and energetic on the nose with deep red berry fruit and peppery spice aromas.

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Wrath Wines KW Ranch Syrah, Santa Lucia Highlands

Contributed by: Joe Roberts

The news of the death of Syrah has been greatly exaggerated. In fact, there's arguably never been a better time to for Syrah lovers, with many artisanal expressions of the grape available for reasonable prices. The fruit for this lively Syrah from Wrath is hand harvested at a 20-year-old vineyard a mere six miles from the winery. It's a bold red that still keeps its vibrancy, with seductive notes of black pepper, meat, ripe blackberries, cassis and leather.

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Veramonte Primus Carmenere, Colchagua Valley, Chile

Contributed by: Joe Roberts

Chile's adopted red grape, Carmenere, is now found in all shapes/sizes/price-points, from budget picks to top-end, expensive reds. Veramonte's Primus Carmenere falls somewhere nicely in-between, over-delivering on its cost in the way that many South American wines did when they first started to storm the market almost three decades ago. Substantial black plum flavors mingle with notes of pepper, herbs, and smoked meat to offer a red that may pleasantly surprise you with its sense of depth and concentration.

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Acquiesce Clairette Blanche, Lodi

Contributed by: Joe Roberts

California's Lodi is most famous for old vine Zinfandel, but the region does many things well (and it grows over 100 different wine grape varieties, red and white). Acquiesce's Clairette Blanche white shows off some of Lodi's vinous diversity. While certainly ripe and full of stone fruit flavors and aromas, it balances a sense of mouth-filling weight with refreshing acidity and pretty notes of white flowers.

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Kalfu Kuda Pinot Noir, Leyda Valley, Chile

Contributed by: Joe Roberts

Chile's Ledya Valley has a direct line to the cooling breezes of the Atlantic Ocean's Humboldt Current, allowing it slowly ripen the finicky Pinot Noir grape. The Kalfu Kuda Pinot Noir is a great introduction to the Ledya Valley style of Pinot: zesty and fresh, with ripe wild berry flavors, and earthy notes of pepper, tea, and bramble.

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Lini 910 'Labrusca' Lambrusco Rosso Reggiano, Emilia Romagna, Italy

Contributed by: Joe Roberts

The Dog Days of Summer aren't the sole purview of white wine lovers. Those who prefer reds but want something refreshing on a hot day should look to a chilled glass of the Lini 910 'Labrusca' Lambrusco. Prickly and refreshing, this drier style of Lambrusco hits the spot in the Summer heat, but doesn't sacrifice on the dark cherry and red berry flavors.

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Chateau d'Esclans Rock Angel Rose (Cotes de Provence)

Contributed by: Joe Roberts

Provence's Chateau d'Esclans is justifiably famous for their roses, particularly the fact that they offer one of the world's most expensive pink wines. The skill that informs their most famous offerings goes into their entire lineup, including the relatively new Rock Angel. This blend is made primarily from Grenache and Rolle (more commonly known as Vermentino), giving it a juicy, vibrant mouthfeel. The verve is tempered by a bit of time in oak, which rounds out the wine nicely, delivering textbook d'Esclans elegance.

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2014 Qupe Bien Nacido Vineyard 'Y' Block Chardonnay (Santa Barbara County)

Contributed by: Joe Roberts

Those who have written off affordable California Chardonnay would do well to revisit Qupe's Y Block. There's little not to like in this Chardonnay, which deftly balances tropical fruit and cream flavors with vivacity and great palate energy. An open bottle isn't likely to make it long during a dinner party, given its crowd-pleasing sense of poise.

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