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VIONTA

Albariño 2021

(Rías Baixas, Spain) $25

We believe in always have a bottle of chilled Albariño in the fridge. Fresh, limey, and a little salty, Albariño tastes like a margarita without the tequila. Very refreshing.

89 points KM

Available at Craft City

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CODORNÍU

Brut Reserva “Limited Edition” Cava non-vintage

(Penedès, Spain) $12

A basic sparkler that tilts a bit sweet making it perfect for brunch mimosas.

88 points KM

Available at Station Plaza Wine & Spirits

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INAMA

Carmenere “Più” 2020

(Veneto, Italy) $17

Inama is a leading specialist in Italian Carmenere, and this lean, black peppery red wine is sensational with a peppery pasta dish like cacio e pepe.

89 points KM

Available at Wine.com

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MASSERIA LI VELI

“Orion” Primitivo 2021

(Salento, Apulia, Italy) $15

We love just about every wine this southern Italian producer makes, and this Primitivo (Zinfandel) is a fresh, lively explosion of crunchy cherry flavor. Pizza please!

89 points KM

Available at Wine.com

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AIA VECCHIA

“Lagone” 2019

(Tuscany, Italy) $17

Merlot and Cabernet come together in this easy-to-love Tuscan wine that tastes like it costs more than it does. A pasta with a rich Bolognese sauce maybe, or one with great sausages.

90 points KM

Available at Wine.com

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GUNDERLOCH

“vom Roten Schiefer” Riesling Trocken 2019

(Rheinhessen, Germany) $19

Like drinking a cloud. Nice wispy flavors of lime and minerals. Lively, clean and fresh.

89 points KM

Available at Wine.com

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RAVINES

Dry Riesling 2019

(Finger Lakes, New York) $19

Crisp, pure, and crystalline tasting with icy lime flavors and racy acidity. Ravines’ vineyards lie along the rolling ravines near Keuka and Seneca lakes, two of the deepest glacial lakes in the U.S. New York’s Finger Lakes region makes the best dry Rieslings in the country.

92 points KM

Available at Ravines

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MURI-GRIES

Lagrein 2021

(Alto Adige, Italy) $19

Lagrein (la-GRINE) is a lean cooling red and this one, with its chocolate-covered-raisin flavors, is especially attractive. Slow-cooked short ribs, a spicy pork stew, or meatloaf would all be great with a bottle of this.

90 points KM

Available at Astor Wines

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SALLIER DE LA TOUR

Nero d’Avola 2020

(Sicily, Italy) $20

Absolutely delicious and stunning for the price. Loads of cherry/blueberry fruit, plus a streak of spiciness, and terrific structure.  Mouth-filling and long.

92 points KM

Available at Wine.com

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BUGLIONI

“l’Imperfetto” Valpolicella Classico Superiore 2019

(Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy) $25

Valpolicella often has a Campari-like tart bitterness—a terrific, delicious counterbalance to, say, a mushroom and sausage pizza. This Valpolicella hits the nail on the head. It’s, ahem, perfecto.

90 points KM

Available at Eataly Vino

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DOMAINE REINE JULIETTE

Picpoul de Pinet 2020

(Languedoc-Roussillon, France) $13

A fascinating white wine from the Languedoc region of southern France. Creamy on the palate, it also has a fresh “lift,” and is packed with delicious, pure tropical flavors. (No oak.)

89 points KM

Available at Greenwood Grape & Still

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CHÂTEAU DE CIFFRE 2019

2019

(Saint Chinian, Languedoc Roussillon, France) $22

Our office loved this wine. A little good “funk,” plus tons of cherry confiture, cedar, black pepper, and tobacco. Very juicy. Made me want to race into the kitchen and roast a chicken.

91 points KM

Available at Millesima