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EUGEN MÜLLER

Reiterpfad Gerwurztraminer 2019

(Pfalz, Germany) $25

Cool and crisp with lychee and rose aromas and flavors. Subtle and sublime, a great pairing with Asian dumplings or German brats.

91 points BK

Available at The Cellar d'Or

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ALPASION

“Grand Chardonnay” 2019

(Chacayes, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina) $18

Lovely tropical aromas of mango and papaya, nice balance of oak with a hint of lemon to finish. Can’t beat the price.

89 points BK

Available at Linwood Wine and Liquor

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MARKOU VINEYARDS

Savatiano 2018

(Attica, Central Greece) $18

Savatiano, the grape variety used predominately in Retsina, Greece’s famous resinous wine, makes this highly expressive, flinty white wine that pairs perfectly with fried zucchini, smoked fish, and winter soups.

92 points BK

Available at Mr. D Wine Merchant

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J LOHR

“Los Osos” Merlot 2019

(Paso Robles, CA) $15

Rich, dark, plummy fruit, a touch of spice, and a supple, soft texture.

89 points KM

Available at Vivino

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J. LOHR

“Falcon’s Perch” Pinot Noir 2020

(Arroyo Seco, CA) $17

Bright red cherry fruit and earth flavors. Simple and delicious. We’ve never had Pinot Noir this good that costs less than $20.

90 points KM

Available at Vivino

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J. LOHR

“Riverstone” Chardonnay 2020

(Arroyo Seco, CA) $14

At about $2.50 a glass, you can’t beat this fresh, citrusy, lightly tropical Chardonnay.

90 points KM

Available at Vivino

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PIATELLI VINEYARDS

“Grand Reserve Trinita”

(Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina) $22

A delightful red blend filled with chocolate, boysenberry, and savory tones. Slight spice and hints of oak. This is the wine to enjoy with short ribs.

90 points BK

Available at Vivino

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PAUL JABOULET AINE

“Parallele 45” Côtes du Rhone

(Côte du Rhône, France) $12

Amazing for the price. Sensational grenadine, raspberry, violets, and pepper flavors and just enough tannin to give the wine incredible structure.

92 points KM

Available at Vivino

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APOSTOLOS THYMIOPOULOS

“Young Vines” Xinomavro

(Naoussa, Macedonia, Greece) $20

An exuberant red wine full of zesty cranberry and dark cherry aromas, tasting of earth and spices. Like Nebbiolo, Xinomavro exudes lively acidity and tannin, so while this wine is light-bodied, it’s got a huge sensory impact on the palate and would be a great foil to a spicy lamb dish.

92 points KM

Available at Vivino

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LA RIOJA ALTA

“Viña Alberdi” Reserva 2015

(Rioja, Spain) $21

A classic earth-and-leather style Rioja that’s mellow and easy to drink. Terrific when you’re in the mood for some “Old World” flavors.

88 points KM

Available at Vivino

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DONNAFUGATA

"Sherazade” Nero d’Avola 2018

(Sicily, Italy) $23

Loads of flavor in this southern Italian beauty. Red licorice, fresh raspberries, and cherry liqueur, plus lots of spiciness. Fantastic with almost any sort of pasta dish.

90 points KM

Available at Vivino

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ALPHA ESTATE

“Hedgehog” Single Vineyard Xinomavro 2017

(Amyndeon, Greece) $23

This wine’s personality is overflowing out of the glass, like a warm cherry pie with lots of edgy tannins. Incredible to pair with a good steak or grilled lamb.

92 points KM

Available at Vivino