After five minutes, the merlot from Sunset Meadow Vineyard in Goshen, Conn., bursts open in the glass. But the glass is not the only destination for this beautiful red. Chocolate Merlot Cake, anyone?
The 2015 Renato Ratti Barbera d’Asti Battaglione from the Piedmont region of Italy is slightly effervescent, a sure sign of a fresh vintage. That touch of effervescence will diminish over time as the wine ages, an argument perhaps, for drinking vintages as soon as they hit your wine store’s shelves. This red, in particular, becomes joyous chilled.
Grown in the Piedmont region of Italy—where winemaking standards are still very high so they make the real thing—Gavi is a fun, inexpensive $12 weeknight table wine you could drink on its own or pair with grilled fish or antipasti—Alex Province’s choice—or linguini with clam sauce or shrimp piccata, a go-to pairing for Mark Raymond. Faith imagines a refreshing glass of Gavi as the perfect match for hard-to-pair pesto.
At $14 a bottle, the Domaine Le Clos des Lumieres rosé is a real value; gorgeous salmon pink in the glass, luscious in the mouth, teeming with South of France minerality so it’s super food-friendly.
This food-friendly Sauvignon Blanc from Chateau Simon tastes clean, with subtle grapefruit notes. It’s a lovely casual sipper, and well-priced at $14.