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STEELE

Merlot 2015

(Lake County, California) $20

If there’s a guy alive who knows how to make a steal, it’s Jed Steele (legendary as the first Kendall Jackson winemaker). This is Steele’s own brand, and BBQ is the right mate for this super tasty merlot.

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GOLDSCHMIDT

“Chelsea” Merlot 2015

(Alexander Valley, California) $19

A terrific, intensely flavorful merlot. Tastes like it costs $10 more than it does.

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FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA

“Diamond Collection Ivory Label” Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

(California) $12

Soft and juicy with smoky oak notes. Hard to get better than this at this price.

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ANNA DE CODORNÍU

Brut Rosé NV

(Penèdes, Spain) $13

I plan to stock the fridge with this steal; and drink it with abandon all summer. Fresh, lively, easy, delicious.

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ST. GREGORY

Pinot Noir Rosé 2017

(Mendocino, California) $15

Lightening crisp and very fresh. It’s a perfect hot day rosé.

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DRAXTON

Rosé 2017

(Napa Valley, California) $18

A fantastic wine that out-classes most Provençal rosés. Crisp and full of character.

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SCAIA

Rosé 2017

(Veneto, Italy) $12

Don’t let the lovely pale color of this Italian rosé fool you. It’s spicy, lively, and bold in flavor. Some good fresh Italian cheeses (burrata?) and you’re set.

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FABRE EN PROVENCE Côtes-du-Rhône Rosé 2017 (Provence, FR) $15
Light as a whisper. Breezes by your palate so effortlessly that you’ll drink the whole bottle before you know it.

WEINGUT FRANK Gruner Veltliner 2016 (Weinviertel, Austria) $12
A minerally, light white; sensational for the price. Drink frank in place of a spritzer all spring/summer long.

MACMURRAY ESTATE VINEYARDS Pinot Gris 2016 (Russian River valley, CA) $16
Need something refreshing with a little more adult oompf than a lemonade? This is it. Citrusy, fresh and infinitely quaffable.

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O:TU Sauvignon Blanc 2015 (Awatere Valley, Marlborough, New Zealand) $17
We wrote about this wine’s big sister O:TU “Blend 102” Sauvignon last week. This wine is limey and a little spicy. Fantastic with Asian-inspired chicken salad.

PATA NEGRE Brut Rosé (Penèdes, Spain) $15
A fresh, easy-to-drink Cava with delicious strawberry notes.

BROADLEY Pinot Noir 2016 (Willamette Valley, Oregon) $20
Light and pretty with lovely earthy/raspberry pinot notes.

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FREI BROTHERS

“Reserve” Zinfandel

(Dry Creek, California)

No frills; no pretense; just a tasty lively red that’s perfect for leftover hot turkey sandwiches, turkey soup, turkey casserole, et al.