If you think of boxed wines as cheap, industrially-produced, inferior wine, a rosé from one of our favorite French winemakers, Clos des Lumieres, is going to change your mind.
Did you know that the charitable folks at Newman’s Own produce wines? Paul, according to friends, had an amazing palate. Consider the Chardonnay and Cabernet your new weeknight table wines. Both are an exceptional value at $10 a bottle. Not having these with food? They pair well with Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid!
Herencia, a beautiful red from Chile, is a wine to pull out when it counts.
Faith was reminded of a Sancerre while drinking Pasqua’s seductive rosé, 11 Minutes. That’s thanks to the crispness of the Trebbiano di Lugana and the depth of the Corvina. Add the berry notes of the Carmenère, and you end up with what Faith called the best rosé she’s had in years. At $17 a bottle, it’s the value of the season.
If Sauvignon Blanc and a dry Chardonnay had a baby…you’d have this 2016 Soave Classico from the Venice region of Italy. Remember Soave? It’s the white wine everybody was drinking in the 70s and 80s—and now—it’s back.
At $18 a bottle, the 2015 Saumur—which is made with Chenin Blanc grapes by the French vineyard Domaine Lavigne—is a real find.